Hello fellow dog lovers!

Thank you for visiting my website and blog; I’m excited to have you here! Let me tell you a bit about myself, what this blog will used for, and the dog I currently own and train.

I’m Sarah Ripley, owner of HotDogs K9 Training, here in lovely Dunedin, NZ. As a qualified behavioural trainer with both a BSc (hons) in Animal Behaviour and Psychology, and a Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training (DipCABT), I feel that it is my calling to help owners enjoy their dogs. Whether your canine companion is a performance/sport dog or ‘only’ a pet dog, sharing your life and home with them should be a joy not a sentence.

I have been training dogs for a very long time. One of my earliest memories is of luring the family dog to sit with a dog biscuit. I was probably about four! I still use positive, dog friendly methods – old habits die hard, as they say, and I just don’t have it in me to use force, pain or threats to get a dog to behave well. As a behavioural science nerd, I also know that there is always a price to pay for using coercion and I choose not to pay prices if I don’t have to.

As for this blog, why am I writing it? Well, I want to provide somewhere for people to find good, up to date information about dog training in the shape of articles and diary entries. I’ll be covering the practical aspects as well as the science-y bit; you can read about my experiences and what works and what, sometimes, doesn’t. There may be a liberal scattering of opinion pieces but my hope is that all will be either educational or entertaining or both!

So, what about my dog? Well, I’d like to introduce Breezy, AKA Pooh, the rockstar Obedience dog. Pooh is a border collie x Siberian husky boy who is 8 yrs old this year. Pooh has taught me many wonderful things about dog training and obedience competition, not least being that patience and perseverance usually pay off and that not all border collies (or crosses) are naturally biddable. If I ever had any doubts about dogs being capable of independent thought or creativity he has firmly laid them to rest.

Now you know a bit about me, I’d love to hear from you too. Please leave a comment below or contact me here.

Until next time, enjoy your dogs!