Christmas Bites 2021 No. 5

Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

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Christmas Bite No. 5

“Don’t eat that…don’t chew that…don’t touch that…”

Sound familiar? You need to get practicing management!

There’s no time like the Holidays for the availability of tempting forbidden treats that dogs might find hard to resist.

See Christmas Bites “Don’t eat that…!” here.

Management is your best bet…

What happens if management fails…?

Teach behaviour instead!

The Floor is Magic:

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Teach a Reorientation Cue

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See all the details & further video demos at the full bite here.

Christmas Bites 2021 No. 4

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

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Christmas Bite No. 4

Chill out!

Chilling out is not exactly synonymous with festivities and celebrations! To help our dogs calm and chill during the upheaval, establish a calm context picture now and have a think about your wind-down routine too!

See Christmas Bites Chill Out! here.

See all the Christmas Bites here covering lots and lots of management tips and tricks.

Create a calm context:

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Park your Pup:

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Crazy 2 Calm:

Settle with crazy-breaks:

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Work in rollercoasters; more here on how do that.

Planning on a puppy?

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Christmas Bites 2021 No. 3

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

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Christmas Bite No. 3

Doors, Greetings & All That Drama!

Doorbells ringing and people coming and going, amid the excitement, can cause dogs a lot of distress. Not to mention the distress their dog’s behaviour can cause pet owners, who are trying to welcome guests while wrangling canine greeters.

See Christmas Bites Doors, Greetings & All That Drama here.

Snuffling for Doors!

Sniffing Stations for Calm Entries

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Doorbell = Snuffle-Party!

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All the details are in the full Christmas Bite here.

Christmas Bites 2021 No. 2

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

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Christmas Bite No. 2

The festive season isn’t the time for elaborate training plans; instead we emphasise the quickest fix, management!

See Christmas Bites: The Quickest Fix here.

The Quickest Fix

Does my dog really need to be part of this?

Keep Away!

Three-Ingredient Management

Kids & K9s (+ Christmas)

Watch this free webinar from Family Paws founder Jennifer Shryock for all you need to do to survive the holidays with kids & K9s!

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Christmas Bites 2021

‘Tis the season and it’s time to start getting ready for the festivities so that the celebrations are safe and comfortable for your dog.

See all the Christmas Bites here.

Follow #ChristmasBites on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along here too!

The First Christmas Bite

Let’s get started with some prep and building awareness so the Holidays go off without a hitch!

See the first Christmas Bite here.

Have a good understanding of Holiday Hazards so you can plan and prevent mishaps!

Be aware of the stressors affecting your dog this Season:

We can all find the celebrations stressful, as will our dogs:

And to get some perspective, supporting your dog, manage your expectations of their behaviour:

Behaviour Matters: what it’s all about

While media and marketing certainly looks to convince us that dogs are consistently beneficial for humans, the data doesn’t necessarily bear that out and we know that, for many pet owners, it doesn’t always feel that way.

If you have a dog who shows behaviour/s of concern, you already understand the challenges involved in living with and loving them. Care-giver burden is associated with carers of human patients, of pets with chronic and serious disease and with owners of dogs demonstrating behaviours of concern.

Pet owners of dogs demonstrating behaviours of concern can be subject to real life and online blame and scrutiny; your life with your dog may not be living up to your expectations and may even be detrimental to your mental health. Blame is unhelpful, damaging and really misplaced.

We recognise your role in helping your dog, and just how much you love them and want to do your best for them. And even though it may all seem overwhelming and confusing at times, a well-designed behaviour program can most certainly help to get things on track.
For success, such programs take time and require commitment to lifestyle change on the part of the dog’s humans. Understandably, long duration and lifestyle change are associated with poor adherence in all sorts of settings, including in dog training.

Just like your dog’s behaviour, pet owner behaviour is information too. And these difficulties with adherence tell us that pet owners need more support, more guidance, more help to be able to consistently help their dogs.

We are coming back to life after a long lockdown pause with some available behaviour work sessions. Our new Behaviour Matters course is a dog behaviour well-being and pet owner support program for pet owner/dog teams experiencing behaviours of concern.

You will join up and have access to a course all about dog behaviour along with private remote and in-person sessions to help you and your dog, and guidance in successfully applying all that you are learning. You developing more knowledge and skill about canine behaviour and teaching dogs will empower you to work with your dog both with and beyond our guidance.

Behaviour Matters teams also have ongoing remote support and we will use technology and messaging to our best advantage so you stay on the right path. (Don’t worry, there are no exams!)

We emphasise the central role of the pet owner, while still recognising our responsibility to the dog, for whom we strongly advocate. Working through serious behaviours of concern is truly a collaboration and we are in it together.

Lots of information here.

We will be able to get you started with your first remote session and possibly your first in-person session before the Christmas break, and then pick back up in the New Year to work through your program.

Private & Personalised. Professional & Compassionate.


Teenage dogs are much maligned, indeed they are most at danger of becoming unwanted.

Although the adolescent period of development in humans and non-human animals is relatively poorly studied, recent work has shown similarities between some of the struggles of both human and canine teenagers, and for their care-givers.

The teenager-care-giver relationship can certainly be quite delicate around this time (you might remember your own teenage years…) often with increased conflicts.
Asher et al, 2020, found that, just like human children, canine adolescents show changes in responsiveness and the quality of teenager-care-giver relationship impacts this sensitive time.

That tells us that the dog/human relationship must be prioritised before adolescence and throughout so as to maintain understanding and support, and to keep dogs in their homes.

Pet owners of canine teenagers need support and to know that they will survive this period…it might not be pretty, but you will get through it. Help must be non-judgmental and without dwelling on blame.

We have talked a lot about canine adolescence before, with some detail about things that you can put in place: Where is my puppy? (Or, why adolescence is so tricky)

Top tips below:

Canine adolescence starts from about 5.5 months until about 2.5 years and brings about all sorts of challenges for both the teenager and their owner.

Given the sort of brain, endocrine and body changes the teenager experiences, it’s to be expected that they might display problematic behaviour.

The dog’s behaviour is information so while teenage behaviour might be a problem for us, it’s generally a good sign that the adolescent dog is asking for help…in a not very helpful way!

But all is not lost…there are lots of things we can introduce and adjust so that the teenager is better able for their world and you’re better able for your canine teenager!

Teenage dogs don’t require fixing, they’re not broken, but they do need more understanding, a ton of patience and some proactive programs to support and guide them.

And pet owners need support and help to reframe the canine teenager dilemma, allowing them to push labels aside and see what their adolescent dog really needs.

Remember, your teenage dog isn’t trying to give you a hard time, they are having a hard time…seriously….I promise…!

Behaviour Matters

Pet Behaviour Well-Being & Pet Owner Support Program

Private & Personalised. Professional & Compassionate.

Loving and living with a dog that presents behaviour challenges takes a ton of effort, adaptation and time. Love, unfortunately, isn’t enough.

We recognise that you do love your dog and want to do your absolute best for them but may not know where to start or may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of conflicting information about canine behaviour out there. Everyone has an opinion online and in real life!

Behaviour Matters Course, our behaviour work program, is in the form of a blended-learning course that you will take along with your dog, participating remotely and in-person. You developing more knowledge and skill about canine behaviour and teaching dogs will empower you to work with your dog both with and beyond our guidance.

Behaviours of concern that this course may help, include:

  • biting, threat & warning behaviour, such as growling or snapping
  • aggressive responding
  • “reactive” behaviour such as puling, lunging, vocalising, usually while on lead, directed toward other dogs, people, traffic, for example
  • “over-arousal” related behaviour such as over-excitability, difficulty settling, hyper-vigilance
  • fearful behaviour
  • phobias and sensitivities, such as sound sensitivities to, for example, fireworks, storms & thunder
  • excessive behaviour such as barking, destructive behaviour
  • inappropriate chasing such as cars, livestock, cyclists and so on
  • separation related behaviour
  • suspected compulsive-type behaviours such as reflection/shadow chasing, tail chasing and spinning, excessive self-grooming, flank sucking
  • countersurfing
  • territoriality and resource related behaviour such as growling, snapping or biting when items are removed from the dog, or when the dog is approached on a bed or sofa
  • sensitivity and discomfort with handling, grooming, veterinary and husbandry procedures
  • toileting behaviour
  • dog-dog relations, dogs in the same home, relationships with other pets in the home

Our Approach

We take an evidence-based, needs-based approach to behaviour change. We apply sciences of behaviour change including, canine ethology & cognition, applied behaviour analysis and animal welfare, along with teaching, support and guidance therapies for humans.

Our approach incorporates the most up to date understanding of canine behaviour and learning, derived and extrapolated from valid science and evidence, and best practice.

Surprisingly, our approach doesn’t really emphasise “obedience” and it won’t feature in our programs. For more see, Not The Be All & End All and to understand how we work, see This Is How We Do It.

Our approach is relationship-centered and, rather than a dog-training-recipe, our interventions become a way of life, individualised for you and your dog; a life shared with your dog.

Your commitment

Meaningful behaviour change, for you and your dog, will require time and lifestyle changes. These requirements are associated with difficulty adhering to behaviour change programs over time.

Pet owner expectations are often misled by the popular presentation of dog training on TV and online, with trainers applying aversives and suppression causing inhibition of dog behaviour, making it look like there has been some miraculous and quick fix.

No quick fixes here! Think carefully before signing up – we are in this with you, for the long haul. Meaningful change while maintaining your dog’s behavioural wellness, takes time. You will look back in a year’s time and find it hard to believe how far you’ve both come but the road can be bumpy, and progress is non-linear. Our support is there with you every step of the way.

Behaviour Matters course includes:

  • blended learning – a mix of remote and in-person sessions
  • 4-5 hours of one-to-one consultancy, guidance, feedback and counselling
  • 24/7 access to the Behaviour Matters course website
  • individualised course e-manual covering the management and behaviour intervention program that we develop and build together, in collaboration, laid out step-by-step with video examples
  • ongoing & regular remote support & feedback via email, Whatsapp messenger (or social media messenger) – you are encouraged to check in and send video, progress reports and troubleshooting enquiries as often as you need to while we work through our program
  • an effective, evidence-based and humane program devised by the trainers of dog trainers, experts in their field, with your and your pet’s well-being at the heart of all we do

More information on our policies, particularly COVID19 procedures for in-person sessions, see here and more on this course, see here.

Register for Behaviour Matters here.

Pricing & Payment Planning:

Full Course Program: €450.00 (paid electronically and due before first session)


Payment plan: 

  • payment 1 before remote session: €200
  • payment 2 before first in-person session: €150.00
  • payment 3 before second in-person session: €100.00

“Dog training” really is a misnomer. You, the human, are the central focus. That’s why we are concentrating on providing education and support for the human end of the leash and prioritising encouraging your empowerment through education. You will become an awesome teacher, supporting your dog in their learning and development.

It really is a team effort; true collaboration.

No judgement, just support and guidance. That’s how we teach both ends of the leash, through the ups and downs of behaviour change.

Ready to start?

We start on Monday 1st so grab your spot while you can as this course won’t be open again until next year.
You have seven months access so will have plenty of time to work your way through and absorb all the information!

You can read all about the course, even sample some of the course content, and apply here.

Don’t just take our word for it!

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This Deep Dive into Nutrition is exactly what is says on the tin and then some! It’s been a while since I enrolled on a course of this depth, but it has been broken down into digestible pieces that don’t overwhelm!

As the course goes on, so does the depth of detail.
It is absolutely fascinating with a super no nonsense approach to canine nutrition! Some fairly mind-blowing facts and information in there even if you’re a canine professional.

The support offered from AniEd and from the group page on Facebook is fantastic! It’s completely nonjudgmental and opens up the opportunity for so many interesting conversations.

Excellent course that I would highly recommend to any professional in the dog industry.”

Catherine Griffin,

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