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

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…

Our Problem with Playful Barking

Jase and I have been so proud of Coopers progress and we were thinking that everything was going smoothly, until about a week and a half ago when we got a knock on our door at about eight o’clock in the evening…   It was our next-door…

The importance of Socialisation for your new Puppy

Puppyhood is the most important and critical time in your dog's development. Socialisation and puppy training from the very beginning is so crucial – specifically within the first three months. You don’t want your pup to become…