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My Super Nero

I wrote the following text a few weeks after Nero passed but for some reason could not bring myself to publish it on the blog. It’s now been almost one year to the day since Nero crossed that rainbow bridge and even though reading this still brings me to tears, I feel it is finally […]

Dogs that dislike dogs.

When your dog doesn’t mix well with other dogs life can get complicated. Shout out to all the dog owners who know exactly what I mean. I’ve been there. I completely understand the emotional stress and humiliation a reactive dog can cause. Taking an enjoyable walk with your dog is tainted by their dislike of other […]

Kygo.

Young Kygo has been with us for just over a fortnight and what a woofing, wonderful whirlwind it has been! Prior to Kygo coming home, we had a fair few doggies through the doors of our Nero B&B so I had plenty of practice establishing the common house rules and boundaries. Addressing different breeds with […]

Doggydive.

Did you know that dogs and their owners are given the opportunity to take a dip in the local swimming pools? The Netherlands continues to pleasantly surprise me with it’s relaxed and open approach towards our canine companions. Apparently it’s fairly common practice to allow dogs and humans access on the last day of the season […]

Petcake.

Been sniffing for a yummy cookie to motivate your dog during training? Perhaps you’re searching for a canine compatible birthday cake? Maybe your dog deserves something special to sink their teeth into? Whatever reason you’re seeking  tasty treats for a hungry hound, you needn’t look further than Petcake! Situated in Haarlem, this divine little bakery creates fresh, healthy and […]

Build the bond.

One evening, a dog trainer and an animal physiotherapist met for dinner and discussions. What happened next? Well, we put our heads together, threw some ideas around, scooped them all up, mashed them together and made some magic! ‘Build the bond’ is an interactive workshop for dogs and owners created by Nero Dog Training and De Ruijter […]

A day with Dutch Cell Dogs.

Both humans and dogs can find themselves losing their freedom and living behind bars. The trust in others trickles away and the desire to form friendships of any nature quickly dissolves when placed in such an environment… Dutch Cell Dogs is a successful foundation that was set up in 2007 by Marlies de Bats and Betty Buijtels – two awesome […]

The Shepherdess.

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, beneath this mask there is an idea and ideas are bulletproof… Let’s be honest, I’m not your typical trainer and I tend to do things a little differently – including my dog blog. This post has next to nothing to do with dog training (although you could count the […]

The dog divide.

One thing I discovered very quickly in the world of dog training is that it’s extremely split.  There are hundreds of ways you can train a dog and a thousand and one techniques that can be challenged or endorsed. Whatever method you chose to practice, you can be sure you will have some negative-Nancy (there’s probably one right now furiously typing […]

Pam the van.

The story of an inspirational girl, her adopted dog, their revamped van and the open road… You may have previously seen this motivated young woman’s story circulating on social media. Marina’s adventures certainly captured my attention which is why I was absolutely ecstatic when she confirmed she was driving to Amsterdam and happily agreed to meet another canine […]