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Meeting other dogs safely and calmly

Meeting other dogs safely and calmly

We learnt the hard way how not to meet other dogs safely and calmly! When two dogs who either don't know each other at all, or its been so long they have forgotten each other meet it can go horribly wrong! This is the way you should do this in your home safely and...

Preparing to walk a puppy

Preparing to walk a puppy

Everyone thinks walking a dog is natural and easy...it is the hardest thing to do successfully with your dog. Done wrong it can lead to a huge amount of stress for you and your dog. I advise all my puppy owners to get behaviour at home perfect first - sleep, toilet...

Working from Home with a Lockdown Puppy

Working from Home with a Lockdown Puppy

In our new normal, everyone now has a dog and is working from home.  Happy Days you thought.. I can finally give a gorgeous dog a home because I am around all day. However, during lockdowns, you have no choice but to work from home all the time. Not so good when...

9+ Month old Puppy Problems

9+ Month old Puppy Problems

My last litter Sproodle owners have hit the 9+ month Protege stage when the dogs challenge us for leadership of the family. All of them have read Jan Fennells book and were given a Canine Communication tutorial when their dogs were puppies, but several have reached...

How do I get my dog to behave itself?

How do I get my dog to behave itself?

Its the HOW do I?...not the What or Who that is important when considering buying a dog. The first questions I see from people thinking about getting a dog is ...What is the best bed? What is the best lead? What is the best bowl? What is the best shampoo? What should...

How to buy and raise a dog successfully

How to buy and raise a dog successfully

I breed Sproodles and interview prospective owners in depth before offering them one of my dogs. This is what its like from an owners perspective. Tracy bought a lockdown puppy from me in 2020. Reggie’s Story by Tracy After years of promising our daughters we would...

My dog is a Fussy Eater. How to feed your dog successfully.

My dog is a Fussy Eater. How to feed your dog successfully.

This is the simple version for feeding a dog that has no behaviour problems but has started to be a fussy eater.  For complete success for your dog, Dog Listening is an holistic method that covers FOUR KEY areas in a dogs life to make them be the best companion, and...

How to stop your dog pulling on a lead

How to stop your dog pulling on a lead

Everyone naturally thinks dogs love to go on a walk. Nearly everyone has problems walking their dog on a lead. Here I explain why and how to prevent it happening. I have recently been working with owners who have dogs about 1 year old who are stressed out of their...

Plan for Success on your Dog Walk

Plan for Success on your Dog Walk

I used to walk my dogs selfishly and thoughtlessly. Now I plan each walk carefully to maximise its success and enjoyment for all of us. Before it was really as much about us getting out to enjoy the seaside or the woods. Of course I told myself it was for them and...

How to lead the dog walk

How to lead the dog walk

When I teach dog listening I want to teach the whole family. For dog listening to be truly successful, for the dog, every person in the family has to lead. This is often the hardest part! I am usually dealing with the one person who does the feeding, the cleaning, the...

Dog training mistakes and how to learn from them

Dog training mistakes and how to learn from them

As I left Jan Fennells house on the first day of the foundation dog listening course I started crying and could not stop. I was crying for my dogs and all the mistakes I had made that had made their lives worse. I was still crying the next morning but went back for...

Puppy Toilet and Sleep training

Puppy Toilet and Sleep training

Week 1 basics - done alongside Canine Communication. We have been making sure the puppies go outside six times a day. Our routine is let them outside at: 7am            feed them and leave them to run around for max 30 mins. 10am          30 mins wee & play 12.00...

How do I stop my puppy Biting us?

How do I stop my puppy Biting us?

Inside the bundle of cuteness is a puppy with Teeth and Claws that are perfect for biting and scratching our delicate skin. They are still very young and learning how to behave in your house, its up to you as owners to teach them. These are specific issues raised by...

F1 and F1B and F2 Sproodles.

F1 and F1B and F2 Sproodles.

Cross breeds of dogs, terms F1, F1B and F2 set up to confuse the best of us! Here I explain simply what they mean. They are terms that have become common with the breeding of doodles, sproodles, goldendoodles, cockerpoos, cavapoos, springerdoodles, labradoodles....the...

Dog Listening is the answer to your Dogs problems

Dog Listening is the answer to your Dogs problems

I was lucky. I had a problem with a dog and literally the next day a neighbour showed me Jan Fennells book so I immediately found the solution. Monty Roberts, the horse whisperer, had changed my world as far as horses go and then he told me Jan would change everything...

Breeding Sproodles

Breeding Sproodles

It was a bit of a spur of the moment idea that made me breed sproodles. We had brought back, from Zimbabwe, to the UK our black labrador and maltese poodle. The black hairs all over my cream carpets inside made me swear never to have a dog that shed again. The wet and...

Socialisation and development of Puppies within the litter

Socialisation and development of Puppies within the litter

I follow the advice in the Puppy Listener by Jan Fennell for the socialisation and development of my puppies in the eight weeks we have them. First 10 days: puppies are blind and deaf and totally reliant on the mother for food and defecation. The mother leaves them...

How to Buy a Puppy

How to Buy a Puppy

I have lost count of how many telephone conversations I have had with people desperate to buy a puppy who say they just can't get one. I am a hobby breeder. It is not a source of income, I have puppies because I love raising them with Lupin my Springer who is an...

How to Get your dog to eat all its food

How to Get your dog to eat all its food

Food is fundamental to our lives. I learnt this by living in Zimbabwe and Zambia for ten years! I think many  British people only learnt this in March 2020. Remember the worry you felt when you did not know where your next meal might come from....and the evidence of...

What you need to do before your puppy comes home

What you need to do before your puppy comes home

The anticipation and joy when preparing for a new puppy to join your family home is tremendous fun. This is to help you along on the right path so that they feel right at home as soon as possible. Everything I explain will help the puppy to relax faster and respond...

Why is my puppy behaving badly?

Why is my puppy behaving badly?

Puppies are so cute and it is very hard for us to remember they are dogs...they are DOGS not babies.   Nor are they little live teddy bears to stare adoringly at and cuddle all day. This is naturally what humans do because we are hard wired to do this for our own...