Many couples will have a dog long before they have a baby. While your baby will of course take priority, it is important not to neglect the feelings of your dog at this time. A new addition to the home will be an extremely disruptive experience for them too, especially if they’ve lived there for a number of years. Luckily, if you follow a few simple tips, there’s no reason you can’t all live together as one happy family. Continue reading
Having a guard dog doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy quality time with them. Entertaining a dog is the best way to build a stronger bond between both of you. Building this bond will help gain your dog’s trust, making them the perfect companion. Here are three ways to entertain and update your dog’s daily routine. Continue reading
There’s nothing quite like knowing that you’ve got your very own living, breathing alarm system by your side, bred and trained to protect you, no matter what. At heart, that’s what a personal protection dog is.
Love and loyalty come genetically inherent with many of these breeds so, Continue reading
Training a new puppy or adult dog can be a difficult and time-consuming process. The process of training your dog can take even longer if you are making any of the following 5 common dog training mistakes. Continue reading
Dogs have been used to assist law enforcement for over 100 years to serve and protect communities around the world by using their unique set of skills. Police forces worldwide use different dog breeds for different tasks to make the most of their individual abilities, so we’ve compiled a list of the most popular police dog breeds that you’re most likely to find on a police force: Continue reading
Like humans, dogs can feel anxious. It might be because you’ve picked your dog up from an adoption centre and now you’re trying to figure each other out. Or maybe there’s something in the home that’s causing your dog to feel anxious. Along with enrolling your dog onto our residential dog training boot camp, there are some tips you can follow. What can you do to help your beloved pet? Read on to find out. Continue reading
If the first thing you do when your pet ignores you is shout, then you might be doing something wrong. Take a step back and read some of the suggestions below. There are lots of reasons a pet might ignore you, whether it’s when they refuse to return to their lead during a walk or fail to get down off the sofa when ordered. It could be anxiety plaguing your furry friend, or even a lack of understanding between owner and pet. Dog training boot camps are a great place to help change your dog’s behaviour, but you can also do some things at home. So, what can you do to help? Continue reading
Dogs are incredibly intelligent and often intuitive, making them very aware of everything that’s going on around them. From being able to pick up on human emotions to know when someone is nearby even before you can hear them, dogs seem almost omnipresent in their intuitiveness. Some people even believe they can sense nearby spirits or predict when someone is going to die, and while we can’t confirm dogs can do those things, here are three things they definitely can predict: Continue reading
Does your dog need to attend a dog training bootcamp? Would your dog benefit from regular training in an intensive environment?
Some dogs require more training than others and might find it hard to settle down around other dogs or people. Taking a dog out of their comfort zone and away from their owners might be the Continue reading
As the saying goes, a dog is a man’s best friend. However, anyone who has ever owned a dog will understand just how much work goes into keeping a furry friend, and more importantly, keeping them happy. However, before they embark on this task, many people underestimate just how much training goes into ensuring a dog is happy and behaves responsibly. Continue reading
The British love their pets. They own around 51 million of them and spend an average of £1,150 a year on pampering them. You may not be surprised to hear that one of the biggest growth sectors in the huge market for pet products is clothes for dogs!
Yet one of the biggest questions that owners ask is, how can I be sure my dog is happy? Continue reading
We all know that dogs keep us happy and make the best furry companions. But did you know that according to research, owning a content, well-trained pup might just increase your chances of a long life? Continue reading
As a dog owner, it is important to tackle any dog training problems as soon as you notice them. This will avert a situation where they become life-long problems for you and your canine friend. Some dog training facilities don’t require the owner’s presence during dog training. However, if you have the time, you could consider staying with your canine friend in a Continue reading
When your dog is displaying negative behaviours, it can be hard not to get frustrated, or blame yourself. However, it’s important to understand why your pup is Continue reading
Knowing what your dog knows about you maximises what can be achieved in residential dog training.
Although we are often unaware of how our emotions are affecting our body language, our canine companions will be sure to know how Continue reading
Some people assume training their dogs is “just common sense”, but they are soon convinced otherwise when they join us on one of our residential dog training programs.
To effectively train your pets, residential dog training uses scientifically proven methods from the realm of psychology. Here are three key theories you should be aware of: Continue reading
Does your dog shred all the cushions in the home the moment your back is turned? Do they embarrassingly forget all their toilet training when there are lots of guests in the home? Do they change from a laid-back and friendly at home pup to a trembling and growling out of control terror once you Continue reading
You may always get annoyed by your dog’s harsh greetings to visitors. However, don’t entirely blame your dog. You probably haven’t trained them on how to give visitors a calm reception. The following three ways can go a long way in training your dog to Continue reading
Introducing any new pet to the family is an adjustment for existing members. But, with the stereotypical image of cats and dogs at war, how can you combine feline and canine in household harmony?
Despite expectations, dogs and cats can be Continue reading
Mental stimulation is one of the most important aspects of residential dog training, but it often gets overlooked. If you find your dog is still overstimulated and excited after a walk or a game of fetch, consider adding some brain games into the mix. Instead of giving your dog every meal in a food bowl, use feeding time as an opportunity for Continue reading
Your dog is part of the family, and you should be able to include them in all aspects of family life. But, what happens when your beloved dog is antisocial Continue reading
If you’re a new dog owner, you may have noticed that your puppy can be somewhat possessive of items around the house. This possessiveness can extend to anything from a high-value item like a bowl of kibble to a (seemingly) low-value item like a scrap of cardboard. Continue reading
It’s estimated that 24% of people in the UK own at least one dog. Some have been motivated by a desire for companionship, some by a need for protection and others simply by a love for all things cute. But if you’re one of the six million UK individuals with anxiety or depression or one of the estimated 700,000 UK residents on the autism spectrum, your dog could be Continue reading
Most kids want a pet, especially a cute puppy, but often it ends up with the parents taking charge of walking and training. By getting kids involved with training, you can teach them about patience, empathy and responsibility at a young age. It may seem daunting and stressful, but training can be lots of Continue reading
At TOTAL K9 ®, we’re big fans of positive reinforcement as a way of building a great relationship between dogs and their owners. Positive reinforcement means rewarding your dog for good behaviour and ignoring the behaviour you do not like. It’s a great starting point for many pets, owners find it easy to continue what they and their dog have learnt during their training sessions. Here are our top tips Continue reading