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  • Writer's pictureCheryl @ BrightPaws


Updated: Jul 20, 2020

Hi everyone and welcome to my website, 'Bright Paws Dog Enrichment and Training Blog'. I can't wait to share some of my top training tips with you all as well as lots of enrichment ideas to keep your dogs mentally stimulated and challenged.

A little about me... I am currently a Primary/Early years teacher in Argyll, Scotland but I am also a dog trainer in training. ;) I have spent the last 2 years building up my knowledge and experience and love nothing more than reading a book or magazine about dogs with a cuppa... especially in the sunshine with Luna on my lap!

My partner Michael and I got our own Welsh Terrier, Luna, just over 3 years ago and she has literally changed my life. I always knew I wanted work with animals to some degree but since training her and attending fantastic local training classes I have been completely inspired and left wanting to know more. This led me to attend a course called, '2 day career as a dog trainer' run by the IMDT (Institute of Modern Dog Trainers). It was from this weekend that I was left motivated and ready to learn more. Since then I have been assisting at puppy classes with an amazing local dog trainer and have attended many other courses with more booked in the future... the courses are a little addictive! :) I can't wait to continue my journey as I look to fulfil my lifelong dream of working with dogs and their families.

My aim with this blog is to give you a weekly update with the latest tips, tricks and advice on enrichment and training your lovely pooches. I want you and your dogs to create the best bond and relationship you can whilst having lots of fun at the same time. I will also share some personal stories as I continue training Luna and continuously build upon my own knowledge and experience.

Sometimes our dogs do test us, trust me... I know... Luna is a terrier and it's true the saying that goes, "Everything I know, I learned from dogs" - we have learned a lot from Luna. I hope this blog and website can give you some tips so that when/if your dog does push your limits you know that you are not alone and can seek some friendly advice. :)

I will leave you with a little story of Luna's shenanigans this week... we were out on our usual walk around Kilmory Woods when we met a lovely lady, who we've met before. She was finishing off her apple as I was chatting to her, of course Luna was staring at her apple (she's very food driven!!!). The lady noticed her staring and I said, 'oh she's just eyeing up your apple, she's very greedy'. Well the next thing I know and before I could do anything, the lady is showing Luna that the apple is finished (I'm still unsure if she was intending to give her the core or not!) and Luna takes that as a cue to pinch it from her hand! Before I know it, Luna has it in her mouth!! I could only apologise to the lady and laugh it off. Luckily she saw the funny side and said that next time she'd be sure to bring an extra apple for Luna!

Anyway, I can't wait start this blog and hopefully inspire you and your family to create lots of fun experiences with your dog to really bring out the best in them and you!

Cheryl x

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