In the kennel with … Gwen Bailey

Clickety Clips interviews top dog trainers

 

Gwen Bailey gained a great deal of very valuable practical experience working part-time in a breeding/boarding kennels for most of her childhood. After University, she worked for 12 years for a national animal charity where she introduced behaviour work to the rescue world. Twelve years ago she started Puppy School, a network of UK puppy trainers, all using kind effective methods and trained to a very high standard. Puppy School now has about 70 trainers around the UK, and owners can be safe in the knowledge they will get effective and safe training for themselves and their puppies at their classes. Gwen has written 12 books. Millions of owners will be familiar with her best-selling title Perfect Puppy. She has had lots of puppies and rescue dogs of her own who, she says, have taught her so much.

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Do you need to be a dog whisperer?

Online dog training courses resource launched

Do you need a dog whisperer?

Trained dogs are happy dogs. So why, as the statistics suggest (see infographic below) , do many people fail to train their pet or give up so early in puppyhood?

A big problem is that most of us are time-poor, which means taking a dog to training classes can prove a challenge. Which is why we’re launching our online courses resource to complement the videos on Clickety Clips. You too can be a dog whisperer (or at least learn not to be a dog shouter – dogs have very good hearing!) from the comfort of your own home (and garden and park).

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In the kennel with … Carolyn Menteith

Clickety Clips interiagiews top dog trainers

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Photo: Your Dog magazine

Carolyn Menteith KCAI (CDA), DipCAPT is a dog trainer, behaviourist and writer about all things canine. As an internationally renowned dog expert and experienced broadcaster, she will be familiar to many from her appearances on TV in shows such as Top Dog, What’s Up Dog? and Celebrity Dog School.

She writes a monthly column for Your Dog magazine, and has written and presented a series of dog training films (many of which are on Clickety Clips) and an app for Dogs Trust. She is the originator of The Puppy Plan, backed by both the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust – you can read more about this important scheme below.

She is one of four finalists for the UK Kennel Club’s Trainer of the Year Award. The winner, voted for by the public (to vote, click here) will be announced at this year’s Crufts Show in March.

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Include your dog in your New Year exercise plan

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It’s that time of year again – in magazines and on TV the latest diets and exercise guides fight for space with summer holiday promotions, compounding the slight feelings of guilt from over-indulgence during the holiday season.

If you’re like me, you’ll check out the local gyms online and work out exactly how much of what type of exercise you’ll do on what day. All that planning makes you feel pretty good! And then January 2nd rolls around (pun intended) and you remember how boring you found it on the treadmill or stationery bike, and the classes you quite fancied clash with the school run or work. Basically, life takes over.

But, if you have a dog I’m pretty sure (I certainly hope) you have some time in your schedule for Rover’s daily outings. And he’s the most reliable exercise partner you could wish for – or at least the most unlikely to decide that staying in bed is preferable to going for a walk.
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Pawfect – our top Christmas tips for dog owners

Christmas tips for dog owners

We’ll keep this short as we know you’re busy preparing for Christmas holidays. But if you’re also panicking about Christmas with your dog and how your puppy or older dog is going to cope with it all (or how your not-so-doggy friends and family will cope with your dog) here are our top 3 Christmas tips for dog owners, plus a few video clips just to get you in the Christmas spirit.

1. Does your dog jump up to greet people?

Worried he’s going to knock over the elderly, trample the very young and cover everyone else in muddy paws? Between now and Christmas, put this simple exercise into practice (it really is simple!).


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In the kennel with … Dima Yeremenko

Clickety Clips interviews top dog trainers

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Dima is a dog training instructor with over 32 years of experience. He grew up in the former Soviet Union which is where he first learnt to train dogs. At university he studied the physiology of behaviour and acquired a teaching diploma before moving to the UK in 1996. He runs the Good Boy Dog School in North London providing individual and group training classes for dog owners as well as socialisation, rehabilitation, specialist and problem-solving classes and a summer training camp.
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Dogs on screen

Anne Caborn takes a look at dogs in the media

According to the old saying bandied about in acting circles, you should never work with children or animals. It’s credited to W.C.Fields but most people admire the sense while being ignorant of its provenance. No matter how great your acting talent, share the stage – or the celluloid – with a waggy tail or some wide innocent eyes and you’re going to be eclipsed by the ‘ahhhhh’ factor. But if the above advice is true, then an awful lot of modern celebrities choose to ignore it (and it doesn’t do their careers any harm whatsoever). Dogs on screen can prove a silver lining when it comes to their careers.

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Dog training videos online – welcome to Clickety Clips

Clicker imageWatching dog training videos online is a great way to learn how to train your own dog. But search for videos about training dogs on YouTube and you’ll be presented with many millions. So how does the average dog owner decide which ones to watch?

By collecting and reviewing videos from around the web Clickety Clips delivers the solution, bringing together good video tutorials and demonstrations that use positive training methods: where the dog is rewarded for learning with treats, praise and play.

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