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Crazy2Calm class – STARTING SOON!

Crazy dogs are often misjudged, much maligned and blamed for their crazy ways but that very crazy behaviour is more than likely associated with high arousal (emotional excitement), difficulty to cope with frustration and poor stress-control skills.


How might you identify a crazy dog?

The crazy dog comes in many forms, but in general these dogs have trouble with bringing themselves down after getting wound up; they might :

  • show reactive behaviour on lead or in confinement – barking, lunging, growling toward triggers such as other dogs, cyclists, other people
  • show attention seeking behaviour and/or bark excessively
  • have difficulty settling
  • have difficulty focusing
  • jump up
  • pull on lead
  • be excitable
  • be destructive
  • show frustration related behaviour such as pulling on lead, grabbing, vocalising when they want something
  • dislike confinement or being left alone

The crazy behaviour itself isn’t really the full issue, it’s more that the dog has trouble bringing themselves down from this high and often this manifests in over the top behaviour.

These are my favourite dogs to work with (and live with…ahem…Decker…) because they offer lots of behaviour (lots of crazy behaviour) and  are just begging to be shown which ones are more appropriate.


Crazy to Calm Training Class

This training course is perfect for those crazy dogs, and their humans but also for dogs:

  • who are expected to cope with pretty exciting environments such as dogs who attend shows and competitions, dogs who assist their humans or dogs who attend work with their humans
  • who have spent time in a kennel environment such as a shelter
  • who are working through a training or behaviour modification program to help with reactive or stress-related behaviour

Crazy to Calm class will help you to:

  • prevent crazy behaviour by giving the humans a better understanding of their dog’s behaviour
  • manage crazy behaviour by helping your dog develop better focus skills and improved on-leash behaviour
  • tackle the underlying causes of crazy behaviour by working on self-calming skills

We will do this through lots of games, using a high rate of reward with food rewards, interaction with their human,  toys & play.
We will not be suppressing crazy behaviour, as is so often the approach, but instead building more appropriate behaviour, while helping your dog learn to cope with excitement better – giving you both tools to harness that crazy into focus, fun and engagement.


  • 10 class course starting soon, Thursday evenings 7-8.30pm
  • 4 dog/handler teams
  • each class is 90 minutes
  • costs €250

You will have access to course online area where videos and homework exercises, along with comprehensive course manual, will be available so that you and your dog can practice at home and where you really need these developing skills.

You will need:

  • your dog!
  • your dog’s flat collar and regular lead
  • a range of food rewards of different values to your dog
  • tug toys – a longer one and a shorter hand-held one
  • specific mat or blanket (just for classwork)
  • a jacket or top with pockets to hold rewards (rather than a treat pouch)
  • optional: flirt pole
  • optional: a crate, at home

Course content includes:

  • human training
  • tools for managing your dog in class and crazy situations
  • settling & self-calming
  • mindfulness
  • focus & engagement
  • release cues
  • patience & frustration control
  • targeting and applications
  • handling comfort & restraint
  • on-leash responsiveness & behaviour
  • focus points
  • body awareness
  • confinement training & Crate Games
  • escape & emergency cues
  • play & rollercoaster games
  • appropriate application of enrichment
  • counterconditioning & trigger work

Register for class here, or email, comment here or on our Facebook page!

To know more about our training, check out our YouTube channel for lots of clips or our Facebook page for more information.


NEW Webinar Available

This webinar will help you to develop a program, starting from before puppies are born, to help them build resilience, coping skills, good recovery from arousal, and become social, happy, confident and trainable companions (that, most importantly, stay in their homes forever!).

Not only that, if you want a really in-depth covering of puppy development and associated research, the online area is comprehensive, with a capital C!

At a glance:

  • four part recorded webinar
  • over two hours long
  • costs €50 for access to webinar in two formats, and comprehensive resource centre online
  • to purchase access please email
  • can be accessed from all over the world – all you need is an internet connection (options to download for offline access too)

Who’s it for?

All trainers and behaviour professionals will benefit, and this is especially for breeders, fosters and puppy rearers.

Really, anyone who will be in contact with a litter of puppies, for any length of time, so is perfect for rescue organisations.

Puppy Behavioural Development Webinar

We talk a whole lot about puppies, and the importance of early interventions cannot be over-estimated. Puppies need careful, structured and appropriate enrichment or challenge early in life to ensure that they have the best chances of growing up to be safe, and happy adult dogs.

Research continues to show that interventions must be implemented earlier and earlier, so by the time a puppy owner gets their puppy at 8-10 weeks of age, there should be a whole lot of vital work already done.

Sadly, the concepts related to this area are generally poor understood, with most people not intervening until there is some sort of serious behaviour problem affecting their relationship with their dog.

Behavioural tendencies are present as a result of a tricky mix of genetic influences, and environmental conditions (how puppy is reared). But behaviour is also most likely to get dogs killed – dogs become unwanted because of their behaviour.
We hear talk of giving dogs a second chance, when they have found themselves unwanted, but how about we emphasise giving puppies a first chance instead?!

Getting started as early as possible helps to make up for anything that might be lacking in the genetics department, and aims to prepare puppy for all the experiences and stresses it will face throughout its life.

This four part webinar is over two hours long, and packed with information and ideas to help give puppies the best start, and a first chance at a long and happy life with their humans.

Four parts:

  1. Concepts behind this program
  2. Contributors to behavioural development
  3. Challenging the system
  4. Developmental markers & building the program

Goals of this webinar:

Taking this webinar will help you:

  • understand requirements to support puppy behavioural development
  • recognise behaviour markers indicating puppy’s requirements as they develop
  • develop awareness for contributors to behavioural development
  • review reliable research on puppy behavioural development
  • understand commonly used terms relating to this area

You will get:

  • access to the recorded webinar in slideshow and YouTube formats so that you can view it or download it
  • webinar includes lots of video of puppies at various stages of development
  • discussion of behavioural markers that indicate required and beneficial interventions
  • access to the online resource centre
  • online resource centre includes references to all research discussed in the webinar, training clips and information on important concepts discussed
  • comment/discussion facility so that the learning can continue

If you would like to purchase, please email and we will get you sorted as soon as possible. What better way to start the New Year than with learning and adorable puppies…

Our Courses: Canine Health & Disease

At a glance:

When?: Course seminar on 9th and 10th June, 2018. Four months to complete optional assessment work from there – ends 31st October 2018

Where?: at the AniEd centre, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 (M50, J5)

How much?: Course fees: €120 includes weekend seminar, comprehensive course materials and supplementary resources
Assessment fee: €20 payable at submission

Who should do it?: anyone working with dogs, for example, trainers, kennel and petshop staff, groomers, rescue staff and volunteers, and pet owners with a keen interest in canine health

Booking: register here and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
We will ask you how you would like to pay, and raise an invoice for you by which you can pay.
Upon receipt of payment we will send you your Learner Handbook and ask that you sign and return the declaration at the back.
A couple of days before your course starts, we will send you details, directions and so on, for your seminar and then you’ll be good to go!

Why do this course?

This course will provide you with an excellent overview and understanding of canine health, from a biological point of view. You will not find this tricky, even if you have never done science before, or even if you find science too difficult.

This approach, allows you to understand how diseases and disorders affect dogs, and, how treatment is devised and implemented.

This can be applied to building knowledge in terms of first aid, preventative care and humane husbandry care for dogs.

What will you learn?

This course comprises three parts:

Part 1: Canine Physiology & Disease
Part 2: Monitoring & Maintaining Canine Health
Part 3: Responsible Dog Ownership

Each course part covers a wide range of topics.

Part 1 Canine Physiology & Disease:

  • cell anatomy & physiology -> zooming in, we start by looking at health and disorder at microscopic level to provide you with an understanding of the workings and treatment of serious disorder such as deydration and shock, tumours and cancer.
  • skeletal & muscular systems -> a common source of concerns such as lameness, bone, joint & muscle disorders, cancer, the effects of skull shape on health, and vertebral health & disease
  • blood vascular system -> covering blood and related disease, heart functioning and disorder, the lymph system and cancer, plus first aid and the control of bleeding
  • immune system -> the effects, disease and treatment relating to pathogenic organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, and vaccination
  • respiratory system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • digestive system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • urinary system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • reproductive system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • integumentary system -> the skin and related systems are exposed to the external and internal environment so may be associated with a wide range of disorder and disease
  • endocrine system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • neurological system -> how these organs work, and disease and treatment of disorder
  • sensory organs -> anatomy, physiology and disease affecting the eyes, ears, and nose

Part 2 Monitoring & Maintaining Canine Health

  • how to assess and evaluate canine health
  • care required when in contact with animals, particularly in relation to zoonotic conditions
  • providing healthy nutrition
  • providing healthy environmental condtions
  • carrying out health care procedures
  • preventative health care & parasites
  • cooperative husbandry care for dogs

Part 3 Responsible Dog Ownership

  • canine related legislation in Ireland
  • responsible ownership guidelines & choosing a dog responsibly
  • canine reproductive control & the effects of neutering


All assessment work is optional, unless you are completing a Specialisation.
But don’t worry, there are no tests or exams! All assessment will be conducted over a number of months, and as part of your course materials, you are provided with a study planner to help you organise your studies.
Even if you don’t plan to submit, you are encouraged to complete assessment work.

For this course, there are four separate assessment pieces:

  1. using course material, develop a healthcare checklist of signs for urgent, less urgent and non-urgent care
  2. carry out practical work with your dog (or any suitable dog to which you have access) demonstrating non-invasive health evaluation procedures
  3. design a suitable environmental enrichment program for a specific dog you know
  4. design a responsible ownership handout for pet owners

You have four months of complete this assessment work.

Register here.

Got Puppy. Now what?

Regardless of whether getting a puppy or new dog around Christmas is actually a bad thing (for that puppy or new dog), is up for debate; arguing the point is not relevant now.

If new puppies are in new homes, which they undoubtedly are, we want to keep them there by supporting new puppy owners, giving them the best advice and helping them avail of the best resources on puppy care.

We have a FREE trouble-shooting seminar for all puppy owners in January to help, and make sure everyone gets off on the right paw.

When – Saturday 6th January, 2018
What time – 2pm-4pm
Where – at the AniEd centre in Glasnevin, Dublin 11; just off J5 M50

What will we cover?

It will be two hours of puppy-people’s questions. All those niggling, puppy problems and behaviour mysteries will be discussed, so that puppies and their families can stay together in peace and harmony.

We will cover topics such as:

  • what puppies need to know
  • social experience – puppy and people
  • social experience  – puppy and other dogs
  • social experience – puppy and other animals
  • environmental experience – growing puppy brains and building confident, resilient puppies
  • puppy’s first walks
  • travelling in the car
  • importance of mental exercise
  • care with physical exercise
  • puppy nipping, biting and bite inhibition
  • puppies & children
  • management – prevent unwanted puppy behaviour
  • crate and confinement training – benefits and pitfalls
  • alone training
  • night-time training
  • passive training – catch your puppy doing the right thing!
  • Park your Pup – teach your puppy to relax and settle, and be ignored
  • preventing resource guarding
  • handling and grooming comfort
  • toilet training
  • playing with your puppy

We have lots to cover, and no doubt there will be more to discuss.

Who should attend?

This is vital for new puppy owners, if even if they have had puppies before. There’s nothing like going from an adult dog to a new, young puppy!!

We will be discussing puppy training & behaviour relating to puppies five months and younger.

This will also be great for those thinking of getting a puppy so that they can be prepared.

Pet professionals and veterinary personnel are welcome to come along too, as they will often be in positions to advise puppy owners.

Please book!

This is a people-only event, and requires booking so we know how many to expect.

You can book by emailing, messaging our Facebook page, or calling and leaving your details (01 8308380 or 086 044 9275).
We are closed for Christmas and New Year’s but will make sure to respond to all bookings for this event as soon as possible. Rest assured, that if you have contacted us and left your details, you have a spot on this seminar!

Please share, far & wide so we can get the best support to new puppy people, and prevent an onslaught of unwanted, difficult puppies in 2018.


This will not be news to you, at all, that dogs love sniffing. Sniffing isn’t just a fun past-time for dogs, it’s essential behaviour that they MUST do for behavioural health.

Not only that, sniffing can be a great training tool.

Sniffing for training

Dogs pull on lead for lots of reasons:

  • they’re excited to be out and about
  • the world is an exciting place
  • they have twice the number of legs we do
  • they want to get sniffing and sniffing and sniffing
  • they want to get to things
  • they want to get away from things
  • we have trained them to pull

Pet owners spend lots of money on all sorts of, often times, scary equipment and lots of time on training exercises, to improve their dogs’ loose leash walking skills.

Changing the dog’s motivation for behaviour, and reducing his expectation (that crazy behaviour is required) will help to prevent pulling behaviour, making walks more enjoyable for all.


Is there a time or area in which your dog really, really pulls?

Do you find it difficult to get your dog from point A to point B, on lead?

Are there particular distractions that you find difficult to manage?

Establishing Sniffing Stations will help:

  • to get your dog out the door, without too much craziness
  • to get your dog from the house to the car, or from the car to the park or from one spot to a very exciting place
  • your dog get passed, toward or through particularly distracting situations
  • your dog get to another person or dog in a calmer fashion
  • to get a dog from a kennel to an exercise area
  • to get a dog to an exit (or entrance)
  • the dog to associate good things with potentially distracting or worrying triggers
  • your dog’s focus on you to increase


Start with your dog on lead, and use really yummy food rewards.

  • say “Go Sniff!”
  • drop a couple of treats to the ground, across your dog’s eyeline if possible but just point them out if he misses them
  • let your dog eat the treats
  • repeat approx. every two metres

We start out with Sniffing Stations close to one another, and can move them further apart as the dog improves, or closer together for really tricky distractions.

If you know that you need to move the dog over the same short route, make more permanent Sniffing Stations.
Use double-sided tape to secure little bowls or even lids to each spot. Pre-load with treats for each trip.
For more temporary but pre-loaded Sniffing Stations, use little pieces of double-sided tape at each station and place treats on each one. This will also take the dog a little longer to eat, so is great to get dog past tricky distractions.
(Securely stick tape so that the dog doesn’t take that too!)

Teach sniffing on cue

Put sniffing on cue:


Sniffing is a handy training exercise because:

  • your dog loves to sniff (and is already really good at it)!
  • sniffing is a polite dog behaviour and can be used to diffuse the tension between two dogs at a distance
  • sniffing is a calming behaviour for your dog
  • sniffing can help to divert your dog’s attention away from a trigger
  • sniffing can be used as a release cue, to let your dog know they they can go be a dog again
  • sniffing can be used to keep your dog busy or entertained when you are otherwise engaged
  • sniffing can be used to help your dog calm after excitement
  • sniffing can be used as a reward, after recalling for example
  • sniffing can be used to help your dog form more pleasant associations toward some trigger

Sniffing as a past-time

Make sure your dog has lots of opportunities to sniff. Forget about taking your dog for walks, instead make outings about sniffing.

Take your dog on a sniff, rather than on a walk. Who’s walk is it anyway!?