Cooper and Kids is my story of motherhood and the juggle between being a mum, a wife and a crazy dog lady. As a qualified dog trainer, I will share my story, knowledge, training tips and advice to help parents better understand the do’s and don’ts of living together with kids and dogs. Mel xox

Taking training to the next level!

After missing the first few weeks of D.O.G.S of Victoria’s 12 Week Basic Obedience Course – we have finally begun!! I was on such a high after yesterday’s lesson that I just couldn’t resist sharing it with you all! Cooper is now…

Has your dog hit puberty? Have you considered desexing your dog?

Believe it or not Cooper is almost out of his puppyhood stage of life – he is entering adolescence and about to reach sexual maturity!! Cooper is turning into a beautifully natured dog! Although he still does get overly excited around other…

What do you think about dog parks?

Happy 2013 everyone!! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and got to spend lots of time with your pooches! Now that I have my own dog, I am no longer 100% sure how I feel about dog parks anymore. I am not going to sit here…

The Gentle Leader- a great method to stop your dog pulling on the lead

To all my regular readers – I am sorry it has taken me so long to write this post. This topic has been a work in progress and I wanted to get to the right stage in Coopers training before writing about it. I have already posted about…

How to ensure your puppy doesn’t turn into a fussy eater

There are so many differing opinions on what you should feed your dog and I am not here to tell you what is right and wrong. I am not a vet and I do not have a huge amount of knowledge on dog nutrition. I just know that we should all make…

Training your puppy to walk on the lead

Start from day one! A lead and a collar are foreign objects to your pup so they need to get used to wearing them and learn what it means to wear them. We started out really well with Coop – for about the first week! He took to the collar…