Welcome to Confident Canine in Essex

We offer quality, fun and reward based courses, classes and 121 training in Essex Scentwork Life Skills Confidence Building Gundog Training Clicker Training Trick Training The DoLittle Way (combining Animal Communication & Dog Training) Mindfulness in Dog Training Show Training We also offer the holistic services of Reiki (we also offer training in this) Massage …

Does your dog really find that rewarding?

Rewards in dog training, contentious for many reasons but they certainly have their place! I know that there are many opinions on reward based training in the gundog world and everyone is entitled to their opinion of course. Many misunderstand reward based training as treat bribery but if done correctly this is not the case …

The cost of confidence? Priceless

So, we have a young puppy, always been happy and confident and up until a recent ear infection in one ear she was also happy to have her ears cleaned. However upon her ear becoming inflamed she went from standing still to have it cleaned to flailing and yelling in panic. Completely understandable as her …

Perform action without regards for the fruits of action

“Perform action without regards for the fruits of action” I heard the above recently on a meditation experience download (it is apparently from the Bhagavad Gita or at least similar words are) and it really struck a cord with me in regards to dog training. I had to train my dog to do a new behaviour …

THE TELL TAIL TELL

Every dog is different and that is one of the things that I like best about scentwork and teaching scentwork. There is no magic way for you to understand your dog and what it is telling you when its working or on scent, the only way to understand your dog is to take the time …

What is an achievement?

I was recently on a training day and I had a great day and I believe everyone else did too and that was the main take on the day overall. I can’t help myself, I’m always observing how others work for good or bad. The good I take home with me and look at how …

I want it all !

Twice again recently I have had the age old conversation of doing more than one discipline/sport/activity with your dog. So many times over my past 10+ years in dogs I have been told I can’t do obedience if I want to do field work, I can’t take my dog tracking if I wish to field …

When should and shouldn’t you train…..

You will often hear me say, train them young, from the moment your dog comes home training commences, train anywhere, train everywhere….but when shouldn’t you train? I have two hard and fasts for no training and they are simple: When your dog is not ok (physically or mentally) When you are not ok (physically or …

Always Trade Up

“Always trade up!” My youngest, home bred girl, has always had a great retrieve. Her first retrieve to hand was completed at 6 weeks old, clicker trained and to her just another game to play. Bearing this in mind, her retrieve is by now very ingrained. When she finds things or steals something her instinct …

Our Blog

Welcome to our blog, hope you enjoy it. If there is something you would like to see a blog on please just drop us a message using the contact form. Nina x

Do you have a model dog?

Our latest offering at Confident Canine is for those of you who think your dog has what it takes to be a model. There are lots of agencies out there that you can join for a small fee and I know plenty of people of have gained work from those agencies but it all depends …

You can’t do it all!

Someone said this to me just yesterday but it isn’t the first time and won’t be the last and its a phrase I will never ever understand, ‘You can’t do it all!’ Can’t I? Why can’t I? One good reason please? Just one will do me…. I can’t think of any and of my three …

What is success?

I have an ideal follow on to my last blog from just last week ‘Competing – It is never perfect‘ It has been an interesting week. I recently posted on my personal FB page that I am giving up competitive obedience for now, possibly permanently, time will tell and it was interesting to see the …

Competing – It is never perfect

Obedience competition – The ups and downs ********************************************************************************** Many people see our results and think that we just go out and do our thing and all goes well so I thought I would share how this day actually went as hopefully it will encourage others to give it a whirl and also to realise that …

I can do that!

Training for confidence I recently had a client join me for 121’s, she happened to choose Scentwork as her dog already loved to play ‘find it’ games at home so it seemed a natural progression. Her dog had recently had a traumatic experience and this had caused a loss of confidence in the dog and owner …

Tried and Tested

My clients already know this about me, its simple really, I dont recommend products, toys, treats and training that I haven’t tried and tested myself. Pet Remedy has not only worked for my dogs but for many, many dogs to whom I have recommended it. I am a stockists and orders will soon be easily …

Confidence boost for rescue

One of my latest 121 training sessions was with a gorgeous cocker spaniel rescue girl. She lacked confidence in general but especially when out and about. When seeing someone for a behavioural issue I don’t just look at that issues on its own but at the whole dog and environment, history etc is looked at …

Scentwork great for recovering dogs

My youngest recently had the misfortune of hurting a leg whilst tearing about having fun. Vet recommendation, anti-inflammatories and some rest. Now many years ago this would have scared the hoolies out of me but after many years of training I can finally take this in my stride! Scentwork is absolutely fantastic for recovering dogs …

About Canine Massage

Gait Analysis – Canine massage sessions begin with a comprehensive gait analysis of your dog. Gait analysis is the study of the movement of your dog and is part of what is used to assess, plan and treat. It will often show up the smallest of signs that might otherwise go unoticed and generally when …

Sometimes it’s ok to stop

Many of us dog owners are highly dedicated, I don’t mean in the sense of competing but in caring, loving and providing for our dogs. Some of that includes important things like daily food and exercise and some of that is also training time. Those who know me will know that I lost my mum November …

Rewarding or not

I find that one of the hardest concepts for students to grasp is actually one of the simplest. Isnt that often the way? The concept is the one of rewards. When we talk of rewards and what they are for your dog most dog owners have two responses, toys &/or treats. Yes toys and treats …

Obedience – what is it?

Many people use the term ‘obedience class’ to mean many, many different things, such as: Competition obedience – These should be about Learning and working with very precise movements and commands in order to later compete, usually in Kennel Club shows. Pet obedience – These tend to be about learning and working with general commands …

Jack of all trades, master….

This little phrase ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ is one that I have pondered for some time now and I have been meaning to write a blog on it. Well this week I was introduced to 2 brilliant books and they just confirmed I needed to write this! Just as an FYI The …

Goodbye past, hello future!

This year has been a major one for me, for a start I lost my mum. Amongst other things I’ve had to let friends go which has been sad, for whatever reason they were not meant to be part of my journey going forward. I’ve said goodbye to my beloved cat after 16 lovely long …

Train without pain

I recently watched a post unfold on social media, this prompted me to write this short blog. So positive training, what isn’t it? Lets start with what too many people believe it is: Handing out to your dog an endless stream of treats Handing out those treats to bribe your dog to do what you …

Scentwork

Definition – Search: To try to find something by looking or otherwise seeking carefully and thoroughly. Scentwork/Search work is fast becoming popular, it is simple thing to teach and great fun for your dog. Scentwork isn’t about pointing your dog to the object or showing it where you are hiding it, the clue is firmly …

Dogs Monthly Magazine – Featuring US!

As most of you probably know, we offer much more than just a training, we offer training, behaviour, pregnancy scanning and many holistic services such as: Animal communication Reiki Crystal healing Canine Massage Aura photography This month we are proud to have one of our canine holistic therapists in Dogs Monthly magazine, a lovely 4 …

Over Arousal / Reactivity

Most people now know that the physical effects of  reactivity / stress / fear etc can last for up to 72hours after the event but what many people do not fully appreciate is the physical effects of over arousal. Over arousal is often put down to drive but isnt the same thing. Over arousal is …

Dog Law

So many people remain unaware of the changes that took place to dog law recently. Please take your time to familiarise yourself it could save your dogs life. Changes include your responsibilites at home and also the fact that a dog now only has to be seen to be a worry for action to be …

Keeping hot dogs cool

Summer finally looks to be rearing its lovely head and its a great fun time of year for your dogs but remember to take care too as with the heat comes a few added dangers to consider watching out for. Exercise – Take your dogs out early or late since these are much cooler times …

Stand up for what you believe in

We are our pets guardians, they do not have their own voice and it is therefore up to us to keep them protected and ensure they feel safe, we know this, yet sometimes it can prove difficult. Today I failed in that job and its led me to reflect just how hard it can be …

What goes in……..

I dont normally blog about other things other than my dog here but I feel this post is most worthy. IT IS IMPERATIVE YOU FEED THE RIGHT FOOD FOR YOUR DOG ! My dogs are raised on a quality raw food diet and when I need to use a kibble (travelling etc) I feed a …

Testimonial – Rescue

Met Nina last night, she was very warm and welcoming, answered all my questions for making my good boy an even better good boy! Hopefully with the training she has given us will work a treat (excuse the pun) I will keep you updated! Thank you again Nina for taking the time to come help …

Thank you Pet Remedy

As a stockist of Pet Remedy I obviously believe in the product, I would never stock a product I did not have faith in. I wish to thank Pet Remedy for their kind gift of a small bottle of Pet Remedy for each of my newborn puppies. Each puppy will be going home with a …

Club Show – Event

Had a great time hosting a joint Ki Communications (Holistic Therapies & Dog Walking) and Kalma (Dog Training, Holistic Therapies & Pet Remedy supplier) stand and was suitably busy with customers all day. Thank you to everyone who popped along to purchase or have a chat about what we both do!

Testimonial – Pet Remedy

Nina suggested Pet Remedy to me as I had tried another leading brands Diffuser, Spray and Collar which sadly had no effect on any of my 3 dogs. I do think that the Pet Remedy Diffuser has made a difference in aiding to calm my dogs behaviour, along with other training tools such as a stuffed …

There’s a storm coming!

We’ve had such a year of them this year, year of what I hear you ask….storms! Storms can often cause dogs to exhibit fearful behaviour such as shaking, whining, drooling and desperately trying to hide or escape. I’ve had a few people contact me asking how they can help their dogs when the storms begin …

Testimonial – Fenton

Whilst ‘’Fenton’’ is not my dog we did have a very similar experience last Christmas with our WCS in the stunning New Forest. I will never forget the moment I saw my beautiful white then 20month old Spaniel having the time of his life as he flushed a herd of deer. I saw my husband …

Testimonial – Training

Thankyou for our brilliant 1-2-1 training session. We all got so much out of our time spent with you. We appreciate not only the specific training advice that we sought but all the other bits in between. We certainly have a lot to keep our clever WCS busy which is exactly what we all thrive …

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