Why Does My Dog…?

Why Does My Dog…?

 Why Does My Dog…?, How Can I Stop My Dog From…?, Can I Get My Dog To…,

These are some of the universal questions asked by dog owners the world over. Master Dog Trainer Louise Harding heard the cries of frustration from dog owners and in response established a dog training school on the Central Coast. From her school Animal Talent, she has helped hundreds of owners and their dogs better understand each other, bond and establish respectful relationships using her unique reward-based training system.

Despite having helped hundreds of owners, the pleas of desperate dog owners struggling with their pooches continued to ring loud in her ears. Louise faced a dilemma. How could one person with a finite number of hours in a day possibly help any more people? Then in a light bulb moment, the solution became apparent, she was going to have write a book. Not just any book, a book in everyday language with no highfaluting trainer’s jargon. A book that encompassed everything from how to choose a dog that suits your lifestyle to correcting problematic behaviours. The result is a nose to tail guide to selecting, purchasing, caring for and training your dog.

Join us at Kincumber Library on Tuesday 19th June at 10:30am to hear Master Dog Trainer, Professional Animal Wrangler and Author Louise Harding in conversation with Fiona Crain speaking about her new book Nose to Tail:A Holistic Guide to Training Your Dream Dog. Louise is an engaging speaker and there’s never a dull moment at any of her talks. Her sense of humour comes to the fore as she shares stories and experiences from her 35 years as a dog, animal and ‘human’ trainer.

This is a complimentary event, to reserve your seat please call Kincumber Library on 43047499 or email animaltalenthq@gmail.com. Books will be available to purchase on the day.

Come Away & Play Workshop – Sunday 17th June

Come Away & Play Workshop – Sunday 17th June

Come Away & Play Workshop – Sunday 17th June 10am ~ 12pm

Join us for an exciting, interactive workshop with our Master Trainer Louise Harding.    Using Louise’s unique proven methods you will learn to:

  • train your dog to respond reliably, even when off leash, distracted and at a distance
  • build ‘Play Drive’ in your dog
  • use Play as a powerful motivator and high value reward for training your dog
  • develop your dog’s self-control using Play
  • train your dog to ‘come away’
  • how to keep you and your dog safe when out and about
  • proof the behaviours you have trained
  • and so much more.

You CAN train your dog to come every time it’s called. Join us and learn how you can combine the power of play to train a strong reliable recall in your dog.

Cost: Handlers with dog – $75 (You and your dog attend) only 8 spaces available

            N.B. Your dog must be friendly with other dogs and friendly human strangers.

      Observers – $50 (Only you attend. A great way to absorb all the learning without distraction)

only 30 spaces available

Location: The Training Paddock – Peninsula Industrial Estate, 170 Woy Woy Rd,  Woy Woy

Prior Knowledge: No previous knowledge or experience is required

Drink refreshments will be provided


When Your Plump Pooch Wants a Meat Treat – Training Tips for Dieting Dogs

When Your Plump Pooch Wants a Meat Treat – Training Tips for Dieting Dogs

These days with modern dog training techniques we recommend using food as the primary motivator.  It all gets a little tricky when we have a dog who loves to scoff food and has a tendency to put on weight, it seems by just sniffing it.  If this is something you experience with your dog, there are some other healthy options you can try.

I like to have a mixture of treats, in a jar, kind of like a pick and mix bag of lollies.  Dogs have their favourites and it helps make things a little more interesting if they don’t know exactly what flavour they’ll be receiving.

For dogs who need to watch their waistline, you can try diced carrots, beans, peas, broccoli, dehydrated chicken, lean beef, dehydrated liver, and fish.

If you’d rather a prepared option check out the ingredients and calorie count on the back of the pack. Choose brands that are low in sugar, fat and other preservatives, there is likely to be a reasonable selection wherever you purchase your dog supplies, read the labels and do a comparison (like we do for our own food). Your vet will also be able to recommend a suitable pre-packaged product.

Be aware of how many training treats you give your dog on a daily basis.  Treats and tidbits should be on average around 10% of a dog’s daily intake.  If you think your dog gets a little more because that’s how your lifestyle works, that’s ok just be aware and adjust the size of his meals accordingly. Awareness around the quantity and quality of treats is important especially if you are leaving enrichment toys containing treats when you leave for work every day.  So being aware of what’s in a treat and the calorie count is really important.  Remember exercise is important to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

Interview with Author Louise Harding

Interview with Author Louise Harding

Louise Harding in conversation with Ocean Reeve from Ocean Reeve Publishing

Watch Louise’s author interview with Ocean Reeve

Millie the Big-hearted Labradoodle

Millie the Big-hearted Labradoodle

In this blog post The Animal Talent Team have decided to share Louise’s heartfelt Facebook post about Millie the Big-hearted Labradoodle.

Here is a little background to fill you in. This is taken from the GoFundMe page our team set up to assist Millie’s family cover her surgery and veterinary expenses.


The Background

Millie the effervescent, friendly Labradoodle was savagely beaten and shot in the head with a spear gun on 21st January 2018, in a horrendous act of animal cruelty.  The news of this callous and brutal attack has been widely reported by the Australian and International media.

Millie is now fighting for her life.

Millie is a one-in-a-million dog – loving, loyal, friendly with other dogs and much-loved by her family and the local community. She is a dog with a big heart and sweet, gentle nature.

Her injuries are extensive and too graphic for us to detail here. In brief, she has a collapsed lung, a fractured skull and serious internal and skeletal injuries. She is receiving around-the-clock specialist veterinary care and may be facing further surgery.

Millie is only 3 years old and just starting out in her life journey. She is a happy-go-lucky, family pet with a big personality and loves nothing more than a trip to the beach, meeting up with her doggie friends, sunning herself on the sand, playing a game of fetch and frolicking in the waves. Millie is a crowd-stopper at the beach, people are constantly amazed by her out-going, friendly nature and her love of life.  She laps up the attention and is always happy for extra pats.

Millie is a real character when she is ready for a game her special trick is to head to the laundry basket, grab a sock then bound over to her family with it hanging from the corner of her mouth like it’s an extra droopy tongue.

Millie loves kids enjoying nothing more than joining in with all their games. Her family say, “She thinks she’s one of the kids! ”

At the end of a long dog day, Millie loves to chill and get some belly rubs in before it’s time to curl up beside her mum for a long snooze.

Millie sounds like a dream dog and that’s because she is. She is that one-in-a-million rare find who is loved and adored by her family, friends and community – both two and four-legged.

In a world impacted by cruelness, greed and hate, we need all the Millie’s we can get.


Louise’s Post

Millie is the epitome of determination and hope, here’s why. Every day I see the bond between animals and humans. I’ve seen some amazing stories of recovery, both humans and animals. I don’t just work with dogs, I bond and work with their humans.

In the last few days I’ve experienced a range of strong emotions anger, disbelief, sadness, confusion, disappointment and…. hope.

I’m watching a dog with serious and numerous life threatening injuries begin to slowly heal herself and with that healing, begin to heal her family, to change their emotions from anger and resentment, to hope and gratitude.

Millie, was last week, a young (3 years), vibrant, awesome dog who enjoyed the company of people, beach walks and couch surfing; until she was struck down by a violent act, through no fault of her own, other than simply being a dog. Just a dog. But Millie is more than that. Despite her injuries she is digging deep and making small but steady improvements.

What her future will look like for her and her family is unclear. None of their lives will ever really be the same. No one can turn back the clock. But this loveable, ‘oodley’ dog gives us hope that if she can heal her body, we can also learn to heal ourselves, deal with our emotions (with the support of a community) and start again creating new memories and starting to heal each other.

This is one of my favourite Millie pics and I’m really hoping that one day I can witness her back on the beach.

That is my wish for Millie and her family I hope it comes true.