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Episode 35 - Dog behaviour specialist


Released Sun February 11, 2007
Length: 0:59:58
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Dog behaviour specialist

How many of us made New Years resolutions? How many of them have already been broken and forgotten this early in the year? Well one resolution we can all make is to do more training with our dogs.

Nick Jones is a dog behaviour specialist and trainer who can help us do just that. Nick works alongside owners and dogs, helping with problem behaviour and making sure puppies get a good start.

You can hear how Nick is flexible in his apporach to training, and is happy for owners to have an input too. His goal is to spread understanding and happiness between canines and humans. Nick tells us about his work, his methods, and some of his more memorable experiences.

To find out more about Nick got to his website

When listener Emily contacted DogCast Radio with some training problems she had encountered with her dog Jasmine, I asked Nick Jones for his advice.

Jasmine is a nine month old Shih Tzu. As you can see from her photo, she is a sweet little dog - but her behaviour doesn't alway match her appearance. So how do you cure a young dog of chasing the two cats she shares a house with, of eating their food, and of being afraid of children? Hear Nick's training tips.

Once you've brought up one puppy and managed to produce a reasonably well behaved and trained individual, you must know exactly what to do with he next dog, right?

That's what I hoped would be the case, but all dogs are different, and we have reached a hiccup in Star's training. It's not a big one, but we just can't manage to get her to do a "down". Julie took advantage of having access to a trainer and asked Nick for some help.


In the DogCast Radio News, Kate and Nick bring us a special report on the latest from the American Kennel Club on the most popular dog breeds in the USA.

Puppy Playtime

In Puppy Playtime Jenny has some great ideas on how you can show your dog you love him this Valentine's Day.

If you think the way to your dog's heart may be through his stomach, then check out the recipes on Gourmet Sleuth.

For more ideas about how to show you love not only for your own dog, but all dogs, go to the kids section of the American Humane Society. Amongst other things there is some advice about what to do if you notice a stray dog. Jenny recounts some of her experiences of helping to reunite lost dogs with their owners.

Your dog training

If you have any training problems, or indeed training successes, let us know - send us an audio file, photos or videos of you and your dog. What methods have you found work brilliantly? What was the hardest thing to teach your dog? What trick are you proudest of?



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