Guild of Dog Trainers

Guild of Dog Trainers

Training Britain's Pet Dogs and Inspiring Dog Owners to Learn

Prevent Bad Dog Behaviour by Ross McCarthy

The prevention of dog behaviour problems Behaviour problems in dog are incredibly common, due to the fact that most dog behaviour that we deem as a ‘problem’ are normal canine behaviour in an abnormal (for the dog) human world. The problems vary in seriousness, but they almost always affect the bond between dog and owner […]

A Dog Walk on the Wild Side – a Behaviour Case Study by Ross McCarthy

Although one could describe my job as ‘working with dogs’ I believe that the greater part of my job is working with people. Lifestyles and owner attitudes can be so complex and varied – changing human behaviour is no mean feat, not withstanding the fact that not all of my advice may fit their routines. […]

Dogs, Drugs and Dopes by Ross McCarthy

Canine Behaviour Drugs and Dopes The worrying trend of the prescription of mind altering drugs to our pets in the name of behaviour reformation is of huge concern to many dog trainers, behaviour practitioners and pet owners – and so it should be. Psychotropic drugs in the world of canine behaviour is a relatively new […]

Puppy in the Middle by Ross McCarthy

Obviously when one works with people to alter canine behaviour problems, the human aspect is often the greater part – a high percentage of problems that I deal with in dogs would never be seen if that dog lived in another environment. I have had more than a few cases recently that present me with […]

Home Alone – Separation Anxiety by Ross McCarthy

Dogs are pack animals and are not suited to solitary lives and when we take a puppy into our home, we become the family pack. Though dogs are pack animals they can adapt to spending time in their own company without severe psychological problems. Leaving dogs alone for long periods regularly of course is not […]

What’s wrong with Fur-babies and fur-kids by Ross McCarthy

All over the internet and social media sites, people are posting images of their fur-babies and fur-kids…and just what, you may ask, is wrong with that? At the risk of being seen as a grumpy old man, I think that there may just be a lot wrong with that. I don’t really know when the […]

Over Attached Dogs – Sausages and Toast by Sue Gilmore

Adorable, handsome, cute – these were just some of the admiring descriptions of a twelve week-old-cocker spaniel puppy called Alfie, when he arrived at puppy class way back in the autumn of 2008. Vic, his owner, regularly brought Alfie to class and they made excellent progress, going on to perform well together in the more […]