FREE 2023 Hot Dog Trainer Calendar

a calendar with lots of dogs
A calendar of all my gorgeous students. Is your dog on here?

A little bit later than I would have liked, but it is time to release the 2023 Hot Dog Trainer Calendar. A massive thank you to all the wonderful dogs and owners I have trained this year. Come rain or shine, you have all worked hard to create positive change for your pooch.

In line with the global effort to reduce our carbon emissions, I have not printed the calendars but they will are available electronically here for you to download and print off at home. If you would like one printed professionally, please let me know.

Remember, be careful what your dog eats this holiday season, some leftovers can be harmful for your canine pal, I’ve put some do’s and dont’s together here. Also keep an eye on the gifts your doggies get given under the Christmas Tree. Read here to see the dangers of rawhide.

And of course, New Years Eve can be incredibly stressful for our pets. Click here for some tips to keep your dog calm when fireworks are in the sky.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope Santa Paws leaves you everything you wish for.


Hot Weather Tips for Dogs

Dogs need to stay cool in hot weather
Keep your dog cool in the warm weather

One of the reasons we own dogs is so we can take them out and share the many beautiful walks we have in the UK. However, we need to be mindful of our dogs needs and health considerations before we go on a day trip.


so these tips are especially important for them

If you plan to take your dog out in the car, how will you keep it safe? We all love the image of a dog with its head out of the car window, ears and tongue flapping in the breeze as all the smells are inhaled up its nostrils at high speed. But, did you know this is a very unsafe way to transport your doggie?

Please click the link below to learn 5 tips to take your dog out in the car safely to find out more.

  1. Short nosed breeds, such as the French Bulldog, Pug and Bulldogs can die very quickly when over exercised in hot weather. Please limit any exertion to before 11 AM and after 4 PM in hot weather and for no longer than 15 minutes.
  2. Don’t let your dog gulp down loads of water in one go after exercise! This can cause vomiting and in some cases Bloat, which can cause a rapid death. Water should be given in small amounts and often.
  3. Be careful where you ask your dog to walk. You should be able to hold your hand on the surface for at least 5 seconds without the heat feeling uncomfortable. Be especially careful on sand. I was surprised how hot the sand was in Porthcawl last year and my feet did actually burn.
  4. Allow lots of breaks for your dog. A dog loves nothing more than sitting down on the grass, in the shade of a large tree and slowly inhaling the wonderful scents and smells all around.
  5. These signs mean your dog is too hot, excessive panting, lying on one side and panting heavily with its tongue out, tears or water coming from its eyes.

Also be very careful where you take your dog and how long for. If you have a drivey little dog, taking it a village festival, or country fair may not be ideal as there will be so many people smells and distractions it will just be overstimulated and it may easily overheat.

If you have any more questions please feel free to reach out below. If you have any tips to keep your doggy cool, please drop them in the comments below.


Get Your FREE 2022 Calendar Here

To celebrate the first year of my dog training business I have created a FREE calendar for 2022. The calendar features just some of my canine students over the last 12 months and how they progressed through their dog training classes.

In line with the global effort to reduce our carbon emissions, I have not printed the calendars but they will are available electronically here for you to download and print off at home. If you would like one printed professionally, please let me know.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and prosperous 2022.

Take a peek to see if your canine is featured here.


5 Things That happen in Our First Dog Training Session

Congratulations, you have taken your first step in realising your dog or puppy needs training. I am sure you are thinking,what happens next? So I have decided to break down what happens on the first dog training session and open up all the possibilities that lie ahead of you and your canine pal in the dog training world.

  1. One on One Canine Training

The first thing to know is that all training is one on one. I come to your home and simply sit and talk to you about your doggie and the things you would like to work on. 

  1. I will ignore your dog

On the first visit, I will ignore your dog. This is not me being rude or uncaring, I am simply doing this to understand how you interact with your doggie and what he or she is used to doing in your home. 

  1. We will train as long as you need to 

There is no need to book a set amount of lessons at a time. We will work week by week until you think you are at a point where your dog needs to be.

  1. You will need to do your homework

Each week we will discuss what you would like to work on; it might be to stop jumping up on visitors for example. I will show you how to fix the problem using positive dog training methods and then I will ask you to carry out the dog training exercises for about five minutes per day until our next lesson.

  1. We train in your home, your garden and your neighbourhood

I want the training we carry out to be relevant to you and your family. I have no doubt I will be able to successfully train your dog, but my goal is to develop a partnership between you and your dog or puppy so you can enjoy your life together in your home, garden, neighbourhood etc. 

Teach Your Dog to Recall

Getting your dog to come back when called can be a challenge for some dog owners. There is no doubt that it can be harder to get some dogs to recall than others. For instance scent hounds, like Beagles or hunting dogs like Whippets can be so occupied with a scent or their prey, they simply block out all distractions, such as you calling them, where as, a German Shepherd or Doberman is hard coded to stay by your side.

Whatever your dogs breed you can reinforce a reliable recall with POSITIVE training.

Look at little Theo demonstrating perfectly how to come back when called.

On my YouTube channel, you will also find other basic obedience and recall videos.

We stated training Theo on the long line, by simply rewarding him every time he came to our side, then we slowly built it up. Training dogs needs to be done in small steps, slowly rewarding success each time before you add a bit more learning. Recall is just the same. Don’t be afraid to use long lines and NEVER scold your dog if he runs off when you call him.

Reach out to me on the contact methods below if you need help training your doggy.

The Secret to Get Your Dog to Listen to You

Two of the most popular requests I get are:

  1. to stop a dog pulling on a lead

2. to stop dogs lunging and barking at other dogs

A lot of the time, this request comes when dog owners have acquired a second dog. The story usually sounds something like, “I could take Fido anywhere, he was always so well behaved, friendly and rarely pulled.” Sometimes this can lull us in to a false sense of security and off we go with rose tinted spectacles to go and get puppy number two.

All is going great until we venture out the door and we find puppy number two just wont listen to us. So why is this and what can we do to fix it?

Well first of all, no two dogs are the same. Even within breeds and breeding lines. When dogs are bred from purebred lines, the history of the parents is so important. What were these dogs bred to exhibit? Looks, temperament, agility, herding or companionship? We then need to look at how narrow these bloodlines are. This is something called progeny which I will cover in much more detail in another blog. But basically, the more purely bred a line of dog is, the more defined that dog’s behaviours are going to be.

Dog behaviour can differ between males and females. In my 30+ year experience I have found, male dogs seem to be a little more laid back and relaxed, whereas females are little busy bodies who like to look after everyone and make sure everything is as it should be. So, your laid back male puppy dog who is happy to follow mom around and meet new people may be completely different to your bossy lil female pup who has decided she is in charge around here as this human seems a bit laid back and needs some structure in her life!

As you may have heard me say before, dogs need rules to follow and if there aren’t any, they make their own up and sadly, dog rules don’t work well in the human world.

Dogs need rules to follow and if there aren’t any, they make their own up and sadly, dog rules don’t work well in the human world.

Ondine Bult

When you get your new puppy, make sure you pay all that time and attention with her just as you did with the first one. Make sure the puppy knows you can care and look after her and let her know you have got it covered. This does not mean be harsh and mean, it just means be firm fair and organised with your new puppy. Set a good routine and follow it. Don’t fall for those puppy dog eyes and cave in.

In this blog we will meet a “second puppy” who fits right in to the situation I described above. Vaeda is a cute little Pomeranian who moved in with her owner and brother dog brother Obie as a little puppy. Obie loves his mommy and makes sure he is always at her side. His goal in life is to know here his mommy is and look after her. Vaeda on the other hand knows there is a LOT of fun to be had and she wants to get after it! Her owner reached out to me as dog walks were becoming unmanageable due to Vaeda pulling on the lead and lunging and barking at other dogs.

I worked with Vaeda to teach her how to walk nicely to heel while paying attention to me and she came on so well. In these videos you will see us taking it to the local park. We purposely started off in a quiet part of the park and warmed up the lesson with some basic heel work, using my secret weapon HOTDOGS! I used the analogy of teaching someone to swim by pushing them in the pool. It doesn’t work. To retrain little Vaeda, we need to start nice and easy and slowly build up the distractions. One thing I didn’t count on was a hungry hound dog that was very interested in our lesson. This old pooch could see we were having much more fun on our walk than he was on his and decided to join us. Look at how little Vaeda responded!

I am so proud.

We did giggle after the lesson at how Vaeda’s owner went from not being confident handling her own dog to confidently handling two, one of which she had never met before. The secret sauce, along with hot dogs of course, is to focus on your dog.

Be the leader your dog wants you to be! Be confident! Be interesting!

We then continued our lesson around the park , managing Vaeda when we saw other dogs, not necessarily avoiding them, but engaging her before she was able to engage with them.

We finished the lesson by tidying  up Vaeda’s heel work by using the clicker so she sits nice and neatly to heel and stays there when she walks.

Look at how she walks on a beautiful loose lead in this video.

This is just the start for Vaeda, we now need to condition these new behaviours to become behaviour as normal over the next few weeks before we start to introduce walks with her brother. Watch this space!

Do you need help training your dog in a positive way? Reach out to me below to get started!

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Fall Back In Love With Your Dog This February

We have finally left January behind. Now we can look forward to Spring. Seeing the mornings and evenings stay brighter longer is making me look forward to taking my gorgeous dogs on longer adventures.

How about you? Are dog parks, cafes and sunny days out in the city calling you and your pooches name or are you dreading taking him out in public?

Did you get a cute fluffy puppy that is growing in to a ball of frustration on dog walks? Or is your dog so happy to get off the lead he wont come back when you call him?

Whatever your dog training issue, I can help!

Make walking your dog more enjoyable with my Buy One Get One Half Price promotion! During February, but one dog training lesson at full price and get the next one half price! The more you buy, the more you save and you have until the end of 2023 to use the lessons! Enjoy quality time with your pup and take advantage of this special offer. With a happily trained dog, you can explore new areas, go on longer walks, and create special memories together. Let me help you fall in love with walking your dog again!

Let me know what you would like to fix today!

Cold Weather Dog Walking Tips

  • Two cute doggies in jumpers in the snow
  • A pavement red with grit and salt

I have just come home from another dog walk in cold miserable weather and felt compelled to share a few thoughts on how to keep doggies and ourselves safe on dog walks as well as some aftercare tips when we get home from walking the dogs.

First of all, its important that your dog knows how to walk to heel at all times but especially, in snowy and icy weather conditions. If your dog can’t walk to heel, please don’t try and walk it in bad weather. A slip or fall can be very dangerous and may result in your dog getting loose, being hit by a car or getting lost.

Second of all, make sure YOU are wrapped up nice and warm, you are responsible for your dog’s welfare out on a walk and if you aren’t safely dressed and equipped, your dog could end up in trouble.

Get some good FLAT boots that are waterproof. You don’t have to spend lots of money. Just make sure they have a good grip.

Thermals are a BLESSING to dog walkers. I wear thermal ski pants and a ski jacket over thermal leggings and a thermal top, with a nice thick pair of socks to keep my feet warm so I don’t suffer from muscle cramps. A nice bobble hat or hood also helps to keep your head nice and warm; after all, this is where we lose most or our heat from. I also wear a thermal face shield and today, I wore a waterproof peaked cap to keep the sleet off of my face.

Because daylight is sadly lacking in the winter, a head lamp is a great way to keep an eye on your dog, and ensure you walk on safe ground. This is also a great tool to help you see the poop you need to scoop!

Gloves are the pièce de resistance of your dog walking kit. If you have trained with me, you know that I focus on the connection between you and your dog. This not only means the positive re-enforcement connection, but the collar and lead connection. Do not endanger this with cold wet hands that might struggle to hold a lead. Get a nice pair of warm, waterproof and windproof gloves.

Now that WE are all set, lets move on to the doggies!

In most instances, dogs are blessed with wonderful coats that help them regulate heat and cold. They generally shed or “blow” their coat twice a year to help them stay at an ideal temperature for the upcoming seasons. However, this year we have had a very cold winter and it makes sense to ensure we keep our dog’s welfare at the top of mind on their walks. The biggest dangers to dogs on walks in the winter are as follows:

  • Iced Ponds and lakes
  • Darkness
  • Ice
  • Cold
  • Salt on the roads

Iced Ponds and lakes

This goes ESPECIALLY to owners of dogs who LOVE water. A lot of the time we will let our dogs of lead to run and investigate on their walk. If your dog loves to jump in the water, it is very likely it will rush to jump in that body of water irrespective of temperature. I witnessed a very experienced dog trainer lose two of his beautiful dogs to a tragedy such as this. His dogs bounded over the hill out of his sight to the lake which was frozen, they went under the ice and could not get out as the ice kept breaking under them. The breaking ice also meant rescuers could not reach them and the dogs drowned in ice cold water. PLEASE keep your dog’s ON LEAD around bodies of water in the cold.


Unless you have VERY good recall with your dog, (including dogs that may be a bit hard of hearing) do not let them off the lead in the dark!

It goes without saying in the dark, dogs may not see holes and ditches as easily as they do in the daylight. So, if you can’t see well, don’t let your dog off the lead. The last thing you want to be doing is looking for your dog in the dark. If you know the terrain well, such as the local park. Still consider purchasing a flashing light for your dog’s collar so you can keep an eye on them and recall them if they look like they may be tempted to wander off. Dogs rarely rely on sight, their hearing and sense of smell will be intensified in the dark which may lead them to investigate further in the cold weather, scent also stays around longer making things further away a bit more tempting.


Ice is off course, “slippy.” But did you realise your dog can slip on ice and tear a muscle or ligament? Where possible keep your dogs walking to heel when on pavements. I do let my dogs off the lead to run in the snow and grass but on smooth surfaces I keep them on leads. A torn ligament can be very painful, costly and scary. Severe ice can also cut paws.


My eldest dog is a street dog that had adapted to her native Caribbean environment beautifully. She is very thin and has a very light coat, so she feels the cold much more than her Caymanian sibling who carries a nice little bit of weight on his bones and has a nice thick German Shepherd coat. However, when she gets out on a walk, her Malinois and Spaniel genes kick in and off she trots and would happily be gone for hours. However, as her dog mom, I have to realise she is older and will not regulate heat as well. Puppies and older dogs do not regulate heat well, so we have to take control over their walks and if we feel cold, we have to realise they are colder as they are not wrapped up in fur lined snow boots. Some people will say dogs do not need coats. But I ask you to consider your dog in its own right. Consider age, body weight and coat type. A German Shepherd or Border terrier has a coat that is designed to protect it in this kind of weather. A Whippet or Doberman will not. All this being said, when taking a dog out in below zero temperatures a coat should be considered for most breeds. In this Daily Mail article, When Is It Too Cold To Walk My Dog? academics from Tufts University, in Massachusetts, suggest temperatures between -1C and 4C are ‘potentially unsafe’ for small and medium sized dogs. The ‘potentially unsafe’ temperatures for large dogs, meanwhile, are between -6C and 1C. 

Salt on Pavements

Salt on the pavements mean no ice, but it can also mean paw injuries for your doggies on a dog walk. There is one area where we live where the pavement is RED with salt, so I have to walk my dogs in the road, much to the annoyance of road users, I am sure. You can coat your doggies’ paws with balm to help protect them whilst out on walks. When you get your dogs home, you can wipe their paws down with a nice soothing aloe vera wipe, ensuring you check between toes and pads.

When your dogs are home, please make sure you wipe don the extremities that may not have been covered by a coat and make sure they have a nice warm place to sleep. Pets at Home have a lovely affordable self-warming beds and blankets that I have found very useful for my doggies.

What are your top tips for walking dogs in the winter? Do you have a preferred make of boot or paw balm for doggies?
Let me know in the comments section below:

Things to Keep our Dogs Safe As Winter Approaches

Dogs can easily get lost in windy weather

Windy weather can make life difficult for us dog owners. Not only does it make walks tricky, it can also place our dogs in danger. I have created a list of things we need to watch out for to keep our doggies safe.

If you have a garden, now is the time to do a perimeter check to make sure all your fences are strong and secure. A blown down fence panel can mean a dog can go outside for it’s break and easily wander through a gap. You may not realise that your doggy has wondered off while you are eating your toast or brushing your teeth.

The wind can bring some very exciting smells front and center to our dogs incredible sense of smell. Did you know that a dogs sense of smell is in fact estimated to be anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 times better than a humans? To put this in to perspective, a dog can smell up to 40 ft BELOW GROUND!

If your recall is not strong, then keep your dog on a lead. Auditory commands are secondary to dogs, and can be hard to hear when combined with blustery weather and teeming rain. If you need some help brushing up your recall skills, I have created a little video here that will help. I have also found teaching whistle recall incredibly useful with my dogs, please reach out if you would like more information as to how to train this.

Always make sure your dog is wearing a collar with an ID tag. According to the RSPCA the legal requirement is that your dogs tag MUST contain your name and your address . I also add my phone number as usually that is the quickest way for the owner to be contacted. Without a collar and ID tag it is possible that your dog may be seized and treated as a stray. This can be very costly as most shelters charge at least £80 for the dog to be released. It is also a legal requirement for a dog to be micro-chipped, but for this dog to be identified it usually needs to be taken to the vet to be scanned.

Bright colours for you and your dog are also important. Make sure you can be seen easily, wear reflective clothing and always take our phone with you in case you run it to difficulties. Stay out of deep water and stay away from river beds.

Do you have any top tips for staying safe during the winter months? Please share them below.

Saying Thank You to our Veterans on Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is a time to remember the service and sacrifice of those members of the armed forces who risked and gave their lives in order that we may enjoy our freedoms. This of course means we pay our respects the the courageous men and women who served Britain and the commonwealth. Many of these brave armed service personnel will have also been ably assisted by animals.

Our minds naturally think of pigeons, dogs and horses when it comes to animals being used in war time, but did you know the list of animals also stretches to Elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, canaries, even glow worms ?

The Animals in War Memorial is a beautiful dedication to the service that animals have played in combat to protect our freedoms. A link to the site with visitor information can be found here.

animals in war
A memorial to animals who made sacrifices for us in combat

As a mark of respect and in order to help those veterans finding the cost of living crisis especially hard, I have decided to donate £1 of every full price lesson between October 27th and November 13th to the Royal British Legion.

I recently bought my 3 doggies these lovely poppy collar pendants.

If you want to find other ways to support our veterans, you can shop here at the Royal British Legion Shop https://www.poppyshop.org.uk/search?page=2&q=dog

Spooky Halloween Dog Training Deal!

Trick or Treat!

In the spooky spirit of Halloween I have come up with a frighteningly good deal for October.

Book one full price lesson and get one at half price.

The more you book , the more you save! So get ready for winter and get your dog trained before it gets too dark at night and the cold weather sets in.

Lessons can be used anytime but must be bought and paid for in October.

Comment below if you have any questions or would like to book.

You can also click here if you’d like to know what will happen in our first lesson.

Payments can be made online with your bank and using Paypal.

All payments are issued with an invoice and receipt.

Fall Faves for Walking the Dog

Autumn is here and with that brings chilly dark mornings. add in the dark starts to the day and the joy of walking the dogs (for me anyway) turns to dread. So what can we do to wrap up warm against the Fall weather and look stylish as we get our exercise and fun with our pooches?

Do We Need to Put Coats on our Dogs?

In most cases the answer is no. Dogs have evolved to have coats that attune to the local weather. For instance, when my dogs lived in the Cayman Islands they did not have undercoats, they simply didn’t need them in a climate that rarely fell below 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now we live in Wales, my Shepherd mix, Hobo gladly sheds his coat twice a year to insure he is well insulated. Sixteen year old Rosa however, has really has never developed an undercoat and will sit and shiver with me on the couch as the winter draws in.

There is a school of thought that says if you keep your dog bundled up in coats and jumpers it will weaken its own coat and prevent that natural undercoat development.

We must remember that older dogs and puppies do not regulate heat well. So, as we take extra care to keep them cool in the summer, we must take care to keep them warm as temperatures drop in Autumn.

The other reason I like to get my dogs coats is to protect them, me and the house from mud and rain; but this really is a cosmetic desire rather than a necessary requirement for my dogs.

How Much Do I need to Spend?

My favourite place to but doggy clothes is B&M. They offer stylish coats, jumpers and accessories for doggies of all shapes and sizes at a budget to suit all pockets. Look at the cute little scarves here! Personally, I don’t like to spend too much on dog clothes as my eldest girl, Rosa will at any given chance, come back from the bushes “naked”. Sometimes the rain coat I have carefully selected for her reappears weeks later as the leaves fall from the trees.

I also enjoy visiting stores such as Pets at Home to get slightly higher end labels for the doggies such as Barbour coats.

What Should I Wear?

For me, an absolute must is a bobble hat. I feel naked if I go out in the colder months without a hat on my head. In fact I have had people fail to recognise me when I am not wearing a hat. Other fall dog walking favourites for me are my Hunter wellies, thick fleecy socks inside of them to keep my feet warm and of course my waterproofs.

What about you? What MUST you have now the days are getting darker and colder for you and your dog?

Let me know in the comments below:

Help Me Walk 60 Miles for Ukrainian Dogs in Need

Help me raise money for animals displaced by the war in Ukraine
The Paws and Prayers Charity are raising funds for animals displaced by the war in Ukraine

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that began in 2014. The invasion caused Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, with around 6.7 million Ukrainians fleeing the country and a third of the population displaced. Not only has it hugely affected the cost of living across the world, it has also provoked fear and uncertainty in those watching.

As you will imagine, many of those who have had to flee their homes had pets. Some managed to take their pets with them, but many had to leave their beloved pets behind.

My pets are so important to me. They are my reason to get up every morning, my reason to work and my reason to walk out of the door. They are how I meet other people and I love spending time training mine and other people’s dogs. 

I remember watching television and looking at a poor lady with her darling little calico cat stuffed in a holdall in an underground shelter. I also have a calico cat and at the time, I felt through the television their fear of such an unknown, uncertain situation and it reduced me to tears. I imagined how they must be missing their little routine of meal times and cuddles in front of the television. That experience prompted me to donate cat carriers to The Underdog Charity so at least some people may be able to carry their kitties to places of safety.

Recently the 60 Mile Dog Walking Challenge challenge popped up on my Facebook page and it seemed like a perfect way to help support the needs of those whose pets are affected by the war in Ukraine. Some people may say that humans should be put before animals, but in my mind, pets provide such comfort, balance and peace of mind to us humans that to help animals, is in fact, to help humans.

At the time of writing, the 60 Mile Dog Walking Challenge has 1900 members. We members have pledged to walk 60 miles in August and raise £150 each for the Wild at Heart Foundation. The money raised will fund emergency aid for refugees fleeing Ukraine with their dogs and for the dogs who have been left behind to seek shelter in abandoned and bombed buildings.

I ask you to donate at least £1 to my challenge here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/744816686785578/

So far we have walked about 55 miles, so any help and encouragement you can give me Rosa Hobo and Cairo will really help spur us on for the final few days!

Every donation made will make an impact. Thank you for your support.

3 dogs on a walk for Ukraine
L-R Rosa 16, Hobo 4, Cairo 6 months

UPDATE: We did it! We completed our challenge on 31st August 2022 and you lovely people raised £58 for the dogs displaced by war in Ukraine. I also donated in memory of the gorgeous Sinbad who sadly died during the month of August. So in total our little effort and your kind donations raised over £60 to be used by the Wild at Heart Foundation in Ukraine. Here is an idea as to how the money will be used:

£10 can vaccinate a puppy

£25 can sterilize a stray dog

£50 could provide a weeks urgent shelter

£120 can feed a stray dog for a year

Thank you all so much. We love you loads.