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With the heatwave in full swing, I thought it timely to share one of the hacks for quickly making a frozen Kong. You will need: A Kong A Mug Biscuits I use 80:20 Grain Free Fish Biscuits because they are a healthy,  high-quality kibble and because it’s made from tempting smelling salmon, haddock, trout & herring I have found to be appealing for most dogs that I have worked with.   Stand the Kong narrow end down in a mug Fill the Kong with dry biscuits Use a tap to gently fill the mug with water via the Kong opening...

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Keep dogs cool at class With the warm weather set to continue, our dog training classes near Cambridge are about to warm up. Read on to find lots ways you can keep your dogs cool at class and home. How to keep dogs cool in the car on the way to class In the car keep your dog’s area cool by using shades. Clip on fans can be useful to help air circulate.  Freeze 2L Bottles of water and put in front of the fan to have a further cooling effect. Draping wet towels over the crates will keep their space cool, as...

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Dog Place boards are a raised platform used in dog training as a target. This equipment is called many things including: A dog training platform, platform place, platform settle or dog training position box. The reason they are often referred to as a ‘Place Board’ is they are frequently used to enable boundary control in Place Mat training.   What is Place Mat training for dogs? You can teach your dog that when you say “Place” that’s a cue for them to ‘run towards the target’ provided by the Place Board and ‘move onto it and into a sit’ and...

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We’re working dog owners and know what it can be like living with a smart and energetic dog! Without an appropriate channel, their boundless energy and unmet natural instincts can come out in all sorts of problematic ways such as a gundog breed running off and going ‘self-employed’, herding breeds stalking things that move, guardian breeds being wary of strangers, or terriers killing small furry things! The first step for finding an appropriate outlet for their natural behaviour so you can achieve the dog-owning life you envisaged is researching what your dogs’ breed was bred to do: Chasing? Digging? Scenting?...

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Hi, I’m Emma Filby, a professional Dog Trainer near Cambridge at Anglian Dog Works, accredited by The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I know that fireworks season can be a difficult time of year for dogs and their owners, and I am here to offer up some tips on how to help dogs and their owner’s cope.   Preparations: Get dogs used to bangs: desensitise to a soundtrack of firework noises, gradually getting louder, to allow dogs to get used to the sounds* Make a den: create a safe hiding place that is low down, covered and comfortable and establish it as...

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