Why is canine hoopers the next big thing?

Why is canine hoopers the next big thing?

Reef going around a barrel. Credit: Jacob Henry Let’s start at the beginning- what is hoopers? Canine hoopers is a dog sport that originated in North America, coming to the UK in around about 2016.. It aims to be a full inclusive sport for all dogs and handlers,...
Am I actually a dog trainer?

Am I actually a dog trainer?

No…. and yes…. Picture by Jacob Henry A few months ago I did a 1-1 session with a client and their dog and they emailed after, quite displeased that I only showed them how to train their dog, and didn’t just train it there and then. So why am I not...

Where Does My Dog Come From?

Will knowing their origins help us to make care and training decisions today? When it comes to the evolution and domestication of dogs, there’s not actually an awful lot that scientists can agree on. Strap yourself in, we’re taking a trip back in time to...
I described my dog as wild, but was I the wild one?

I described my dog as wild, but was I the wild one?

It happens all the time in class, someone says “that was my fault” and I always say, “99% of the time it’s the handlers fault!” I need to listen to myself more. Despite a very long stint of no training I entered Flash and I into the Down...
Are you punishing your dog? No? Are you sure?

Are you punishing your dog? No? Are you sure?

Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com Do you have a dog that comes back when you call but stays an arm length + a hand away? You have probably punished your recall. Read on to find out how. If you read my last post on Positive Reinforcement you’re probably...