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Does castration change a dogs behaviour?

Castration, also known as neutering or spaying, is a common surgical procedure performed on dogs to remove their reproductive organs. While this procedure is primarily aimed at preventing unwanted pregnancies and reducing the risk of certain health issues, many dog owners wonder whether it has an impact on their pet’s behaviour. In this article, we […]

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How to Teach a Dog to Sit

Training your dog to sit is one of the fundamental commands that can pave the way for further training and discipline. Not only does it help in managing your dog’s behaviour, but it also strengthens the bond between you and your pet. So in this article, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to effectively […]

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What is a Flirt Pole for Dog Training?

A flirt pole, sometimes referred to as a “teaser pole” or “tug pole,” is a versatile and interactive dog training tool. It consists of a long, sturdy pole with a rope or line attached to one end, and a lure or toy affixed to the rope’s end. This simple yet effective device is designed to […]

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Can Dog Food Affect Behaviour?

The diet of a dog can have a profound impact on its physical health, but what about its behaviour? As research into canine nutrition advances, evidence suggests that what a dog eats can indeed influence its mood and behaviour. Pet owners and professionals are taking notice of how nutritional components can act as building blocks […]

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How Can Palatability Affect Dog Behaviour?

The palatability of dog food plays a significant role in shaping a dog’s behaviour. Palatability refers to the taste, texture, and aroma of food that entices a dog to consume it. While the impact of palatability on a dog’s appetite and enjoyment of meals is well-known, its influence on how dogs act is often overlooked. […]

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Preparing Your Home for a Security Dog

Owning a security dog can bring a sense of safety and protection to your home. These highly trained canines serve as excellent deterrents to potential intruders and can provide valuable assistance in maintaining a secure environment. However, before bringing a security dog into your home, it’s important to make sure your living space is prepared […]

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What is Guarding Behaviour in Dogs?

Understand Guarding Behaviour The first step in addressing guarding behaviour is understanding what triggers your dog. Common triggers include the approach of people or other animals while they are eating, playing with toys, or resting in a favoured spot. Observing your dog’s behaviour closely and noting what prompts the guarding can help you create an […]

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What to Look for When Buying a Protection Dog

Protection dogs are specially trained canines that provide security and protection to their owners and their property. They are becoming increasingly popular among people who want an extra layer of protection for their homes or day-to-day lives. If you are considering buying a protection dog, there are a few important factors to consider to ensure […]

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What Do Dog Trainers Do?

Dog trainers are professionals who specialise in teaching dogs to behave in desired ways. They help owners to develop an understanding of their dogs and to teach commands, skills and behaviours to help dogs become well-mannered and obedient companions. Training Basics The first stage of training a dog usually involves teaching them basic skills and […]

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Preparing Your Home for a Guard Dog

Introduction Bringing a guard dog into your home is incredibly rewarding, but it can be a little daunting at first. It requires careful planning and preparation to ensure that you and your pup have a safe and comfortable environment. By taking the time to prepare your home for a guard dog, you can make sure […]

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The Benefits of Owning a Security Dog

Introduction Dogs are our best friends for a reason. People love dogs as pets because they are loyal, affectionate, and fun to play with. If you choose to train your pet as a security dog, then it also offers a number of unique benefits. So in this article, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of […]

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How to spot the perfect protection dog

At Total K9 we have decades of combined experience in selecting and training world class protection dogs. We are proud to uphold incredibly high standards and we don’t think you should settle for anything less, especially when it’s your personal safety, family and relationships at stake. Here are five traits to look out for in […]

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5 signs your dog needs retraining

Over the past year leaving the house to walk a dog has been classed as essential daily exercise. But sociable meet-ups with other owners in busy parks have become a thing of the past. As a result most dogs have had less

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How to get a new puppy to sleep

Part of the fun of getting a new puppy is their seemingly boundless energy. Playing games with your puppy is a great way to spend the day, especially if you have children. Unfortunately, all this energy can cause problems at bedtime. New puppies often struggle to sleep and a restless puppy can keep the whole […]

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Best breeds of personal protection dogs

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,

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How to get your pet to listen to you

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 […]

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How to train your dog

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 […]

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The psychology of dog training

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:

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Fighting like cat and dog?

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

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Mental Stimulation in Dog Ownership

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, […]

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A guide to resource guarding – how to tackle it

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.

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Dogs as emotional therapy pets

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 […]

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Getting a new puppy

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time as new pups are hyper, cute and lots of fun. However, it can be easy to forget about proper dog training as you play with your adorable new arrival, but good training is key to a well behaved adult dog. Once your puppy grows up, mischievous behaviour […]

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More than a four-legged friend

A dog is a companion for life. Loyal, devoted and constant, they look after their owners without question. At TOTAL K9 ®️ we understand that lifelong dedication and fidelity is vital, this is why you can trust us to provide you, your family and your own home with a particular type of safety: a fully […]

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Many Dogs Still Not Microchipped

If you are looking for protection dogs for sale, then make sure you get them microchipped when you finally bring them home. There will be a legal requirement from April next year for all dogs to be microchipped with information about their