The BIGGEST mistake you make when greeting a nervous dog

The BIGGEST mistake you make when greeting a nervous dog

It’s the oldest tip in the book! “Oh here, give him a treat”. I’ll explain myself. I want you to imagine something that scares you, maybe a spider or a clown. Now something that you would love to eat, pizza, cake, crisps, a salad (really!?)....
What is socialisation?

What is socialisation?

The last blog post was about getting puppies out and being socialised as early as possible, but what exactly does socialisation mean? Contrary to popular belief, socialisation is not letting as many people as possible hold your puppy, or letting them meet and play...
Vaccination Vs Socialisation   

Vaccination Vs Socialisation   

Elle carrying Maze around Jollyes For a long time now there’s been this idea that once your puppy is vaccinated you can take them out and start socialising. When we talk about socialisation, the “critical period of socialisation is usually referred to as...
Why positive reinforcement isn’t what you think it is…

Why positive reinforcement isn’t what you think it is…

The words reinforcement and punishment are thrown around a lot in dog training, but do you really know what they mean and how to make use of them? Dog trainers often make a big deal of calling themselves “Positive Reinforcement Based Trainers” and I get...