Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Understanding the difference between dog training (obedience) and dog behaviour issues will help you to understand what is best for you.  We're often contacted by people wanting to have obedience training yet their dog is jumping up, digging holes, aggressing, or one o...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

You know, the longer we at Mutts with Manners have worked in dog training, the more we've come to understand that dogs rarely have 'behavioural problems'; dogs generally are just doing what dogs do - normal dog behaviour just doesn't tend to fit into human society.  Ta...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Much as getting a rescue dog is a wonderful thing, an adult dog or older puppy doesn't automatically come fully toilet trained.  Would you believe that most dogs that we think are toilet trained actually aren't?  You see, there are 2 aspects to toilet training; the app...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I really feel for new puppy owners.  There's so much conflicting information out there resulting in:

pups going out into the world too early,

pups going out into the world later than they ideally should,

no puppy training being put in place when they're young,

pups not und...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I worked yesterday doing in-home obedience training with Boston (see photo), a 22 week old American Staffy.  Now I know that 22 weeks is almost 6 months old and I know that he's done the bulk of his growing but this dog is HUGE!  His father apparently has the dubious h...

Friday, September 11, 2015



Teaching our pups basic obedience gives us a way to communicate our wants and needs to them.  Charlie is 8 weeks old and perfectly able, with our gentle, motivational training, to learn to come and sit on command and to walk at heel.  Teaching these skills, along wit...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What you want from your dog when he or she's grown up is what they need to learn when they're pups - how else will they know?  This is 16 week old Daisy and 14 week old Sophie learning that even when the door is wide open, coming inside isn't what their people want (no...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Even dogs need someone to look up to...it'd be better if they looked up to you!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Puppy training, adult dog training, rescue dog training - why do we wait before we train our dogs?  I hear people saying "he'll grow out of it" or "maybe it'll get better once she settles in" but usually this is just time where our dogs' inappropriate behaviours are be...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nothing trains a pupps as effectively as supervision.  So often we get our pups and then get back on with our lives of working and socialising (and spending time with our puppy, of course!!)  But it's what our pups get up to when we're not supervising that we may then...

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What an amazing year it's been!  The new website (www.muttswithmanners.com.,au) is looking fabulous (Thanks, guys!!) and working well, our e-book Ruli...

What a Year!!

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