Author Archives: Theo Stewart


Positively Expert: Theo Stewart

Theo Stewart is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer and a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers. She is also a qualified schoolteacher.

The Prodigal Dog: Get Your Dog to Come When Called

Posted on: October 5, 2015 - No Comments

How likely is Rex to come back right away if he knows it will result in the lead going back on together with something unpleasant?

Nag Nag Nag (It’s a Dog’s Life!)

Posted on: September 21, 2015 - No Comments

We humans do like nagging our dogs! Whether or not the dog has been trained to 'obey commands' or 'respond to cues' depends upon the method of training, but some people can't drop it once the word has been learnt. They seem unable to resist constantly directing their dog.

So Your Dog Ignores You?

Posted on: July 7, 2015 - 3 Comments

I got to thinking just how simple it should be to have a cooperative dog, so why do our dogs so often ignore us?


Posted on: December 15, 2014 - No Comments

People with challenging dogs that seem to be constantly up to mischief don’t need any in-depth training course. It is really quite simple to make a huge difference. Just constantly look for, and reward, every little bit of behaviour that you like. That’s it.

Why is My Dog Growling?

Posted on: December 9, 2014 - 2 Comments

Understandably we don’t like our dogs to growl and it can be embarrassing, but growling is GOOD. Growling tells us what our dog is feeling. Growling gives us the key to open the door to the dog’s emotions. When we know what he is feeling, we then know what to do about it. Colin is Read More

Forcing Hugs on Dogs Can Amount to Punishment

Posted on: September 29, 2014 - 5 Comments

When we hug our dogs we are sending out our affection and sharing our love. What we are giving out isn’t necessarily what the dog is receiving. To a dog, a hug is very bad canine etiquette, pushy behavior associated with establishing social status, an invasion of space, threatening.

Heading for the dog park with a dog-reactive dog?

Posted on: September 16, 2014 - 25 Comments

Gaining some insight into how their dog might be feeling can be a big motivator for people who use heavy-handed methods with their dog-reactive dogs, and can potentially make all the difference. They may commonly label their dog ‘aggressive’ and resort to using force, which makes matters even worse. Without realizing it they are giving Read More

Reality Check for Carers/Owners of Dogs with ‘Issues’

Posted on: September 3, 2014 - No Comments

LOSING HEART Why do so many clients with fearful or reactive dogs, who often have started off so well, lose heart? The reason is because they just don’t fully accept the time and work that changing fear-based or guarding behaviors in particular can take. Teaching people is the easy bit. A large part of my Read More