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The Listen Dog Blog

Welcome to the Listen Dog Blog!


I'll be keeping it up-to-date with regular catch-ups on what I've been up to, plenty of original articles on obedience training and behavioural best practice, plus top tips and ideas you can work on at home with your own four-legged friend!


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By listendogtraining, Jan 24 2017 08:12PM

Something I am always reiterating to clients, is that there is very rarely such a thing as a ‘quick fix’ when it comes to dog training and behavioural rehabilitation. If you want long-term, positive results, you need to take a long-term committed approach to focussing on the way you interact and work with your dog. I know it sounds like hard work, but dedicating yourself to putting the effort in now can have life-changing results for the both of you, if you manage to stick with it!

Three years ago, I was at my wits’ end with my Labrador cross Nova. She was born to two hyperactive, reactive parents, entirely by accident, and I took her on as an 8-week old puppy not knowing any better. I also had two children, both under the age of 3 to manage… and to say I had a lot on my plate was an understatement! Life was chaotic, and Nova’s behavioural problems made her much more of a chore than a delight. She was dog-reactive, hyperactive, destructive… you name it! We had taken her to puppy classes and paid private trainers… but nothing really seemed to make the changes we were so desperately seeking – until I took the plunge, and my husband and I agreed I was going to dedicate myself to the cause whole-heartedly. It was go hard or go home time – so I went hard! I enrolled in a 2-Year Canine Behaviour Diploma, volunteered at a local rescue, studied a number of other training and behaviour courses, graduated everything with distinction and applied for full accreditation with the Pet Professionals Guild. Now I was the pro who could tame the beast that lived with us… and I did! Three years later, Nova is an absolute delight to share our home and our lives with – the children adore her trick performances (which have earnt her a few prizes so far) and my once dog-reactive hound is now free to frolic safely and happily with any dog she chooses on our daily off-lead adventures.

But none of this was achieved quickly, or without great effort, dedication and perseverance. I kept notebooks, pin boards, checklists, flashcards… you name it and I had our latest training sessions and schedules scrawled out all over it. There were exercises we needed to repeat daily for her to learn to replace old unwanted behaviours with new ones, not to mention the myriad new cues I needed her to learn to keep her thinking/problem-solving brain active, and her reactive/anxious brain away from the control panel!

What I desperately wanted – but could not find anywhere – was a journal/planner that was designed specifically for dog owners and trainers, to help them design, plan and implement a long-term training programme that would guarantee them results. A place where goals, tricks, cues and behaviours could be listed and logged, training sessions could be recorded and progress could be charted… but it seemed like nothing like that existed. So I thought… I’ll create one!

And The Listen Dog Training Planner was born! This fantastic planner contains more than 60 pages designed specifically to help dog owners plan their training goals, and chart their progress, week after week, to keep them right on track towards their target training goal. This book is the companion no dog owner or training enthusiast should be without!

Filled with modern, positive, professional guidance and top tips throughout, this planner is filled with pages specially created to enable you to get the most out of training your dog. There are sections dedicated to puppy training, trick training, behaviour training, weekly planning, dog show tracking and so much more - that’s more than 60 pages for you to utilise to take your dog training to the next level!

The best thing about it? It’s downloadable – so once you’ve paid for it once, you need never buy another one! Simply print out and fill up your planner, use the weekly pages to progress, and once you’ve reached the end of the dog training planner, you can instantly print out another! Build upon your dog’s obedience and abilities in 8-week blocks, and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

Want one of your own, so that you and your dog can achieve great things this year, too? These fantastic dog training journals are now available here!

Happy training!


By listendogtraining, May 21 2015 12:08PM

As you’ll soon enough come to conclude for yourself – I just LOVE DOGS. But what you might not know about me… is that I love writing too. So much so in fact, that I studied it at degree level and hold a BA (hons) in Literature and Creative Writing. I also currently work as a part-time writer, producing website material for a well-known TV channel - that’s in between studying, chasing around fields, fishing tennis balls out of rivers, jumping agility hurdles, falling in rivers, tripping over agility hurdles… you get the idea.

In fact, it was thanks to my dog that I even landed myself the writing job in the first place. At the time of application, I was living the high life in a city-centre apartment with my faithful terrier-cross, Rodney, and my long-suffering fiancé. I happened to mention Rodney on my application:

‘I'm currently sharing my life and love of literature with my favourite hound, Rodney. We just love to spend our evenings digesting a good book, with Rodney gnawing especially earnestly at the hardbacks on the lower shelf.’

Apparently this made my boss smile.

(That’s right – my dog chewed my apartment to pieces – and at the time I didn’t really have much of an idea why, or what I could do about it! But now… those days are well and truly behind us.)

I guess the point I’m trying to make is this: this blog was always going to happen. Writing meets dogs… my two favourite things in the whole world are having a virtual high-five online, and I’m in charge of it! Oh you can bet I’ll be spending lots of time here - let me just put the kettle on, and load up the tennis ball launcher…

So watch this space for regular updates on what I’m up to with my own dogs, plus plenty of original articles offering help and advice on common problems that dog-lovers are dealing with on a daily basis.

If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered here, simply email me at:, or send a little message via the Facebook page:

See you soon!


This is my (oocasionally) faithful labrador Nova and I...
This is my (oocasionally) faithful labrador Nova and I...
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