arealhuman

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  1. As a first time dog owner and previously looking at training in a lot of detail, this desperately needs regulating in the UK IMHO; there are so many bodies and individuals offering training, all listing differing and sometimes unverifiable bodies that they've supposedly been approved by or qualifications they hold, its' ridiculous. I would also like to see a minimum training qualification for the dog trainers too, after all they are training people and dogs and they should be able to understand how people learn and coach them accordingly. It would not be a stretch for me or anyone else to set up their own dog training council/institution/body, with the requisite snazzy website full of largely meaningless information, and go into business on the basis of that! I am certain there are reputable and honest dog trainers out there, but from my research there are also those that are in it purely for the money.
  2. Thanks everyone for the suggestions! Will speak to Mrs. ARH and see what to do
  3. Hi, I'm looking for recommendations for a readily available training treat. I've previously used these and these (the latter recommended by our current trainer but I have some concerns over the ingredients based on some of the Amazon reviews) and they're gratefully accepted by our dog, but I'd like to try something new and more nutritious. I've looked at www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/ and there seem to be a lot of training treats there that are highly ranked, but I'm finding it difficult to pick any one over any others, so any recommendations will be very welcome We supplement these treats with things like pieces of chicken and so on, but I find it handy to have something less moist and sticky in my pocket to hand out quickly when it's deserved. Many thanks, ARH
  4. Hi, I'm looking for recommendations for a readily available training treat. I've previously used these and these (the latter recommended by our current trainer but I have some concerns over the ingredients based on some of the Amazon reviews) and they're gratefully accepted by our dog, but I'd like to try something new and more nutritious. I've looked at www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/ and there seem to be a lot of training treats there that are highly ranked, but I'm finding it difficult to pick any one over any others, so any recommendations will be very welcome We supplement these treats with things like pieces of chicken and so on, but I find it handy to have something less moist and sticky in my pocket to hand out quickly when it's deserved. Many thanks, ARH
  5. @leashedForLife - have you tried using a VPN to access BBC iPlayer? That'll do it Be quick though - soon they're going to tie access to TV licences (quite how, I don't know).
  6. Thanks for that. We've started putting blankets down when he;s left alone now and that seems to have stopped the problem. For now
  7. It certainly sounds like a sad state of affairs I hope things improve for you, I sincerely do.
  8. We've just come back from a few days away in a hotel near some beaches. We took the dog Anyway, when we ate breakfast/dinner, we had to leave him in the hotel room. No digging on his part, and he was quite content to be left for short periods. We took him on the large beach everyday - kept him on a long lead due to recall issues - but other than that let him roam. No digging in the sand at all! He was scared of the sea though, he didn't like the small (i.e. 1") waves coming in. He was pleased to get back home - when we got in he ran around and did his excited-twisting-turning dance which was great to see. After we'd settled and were in the house going about our business, Jimmy gave us a sly look then dug at the carpet! Doh!
  9. Our Council have said they're going to get tough on littering and dog fouling now. About time. The amount of dog poo on the pavement around here is disgraceful and I still to understand why people don't pick up after their dog!
  10. Glad it came to a good conclusion for you
  11. Guarding perhaps? Always difficult to tell anything from a single photo.
  12. Thanks for the pics Peegee, the custom lead we have is very similar, although without the clips beneath the chin. Oh, and your dog is very cute! @leashedForLife - I have no worries, thanks, I was only asking as my dog initially tries to get his 'over the head' lead off just as we go for a walk!
  13. You did to them what they did to you - detected potential spam Always keep an eye on your spam/junk folder!
  14. Peegee - can you post a link to what you're using please? We use something similar to a Halti recommended by a trainer that he had custom made. It does the job, but I'm concerned it could irritate when worn. I've looked at Haltis in the past, but got confused by their many offerings! Thanks P.S. I really have to try hard not to type Hilti!!!
  15. That's what I do! The only thing I can add is that I've worked with NCFE and found them find to work with. And NCFE, strangely, no longer stands for anything! Good luck see_leigh whichever option you choose.