Chase the rabbit ... or recall when we're asked?

Chase cars... or play a game with our guardians?

And it's even worse when our dogs need to try to remember to do the hard stuff when they're surrounded by an exciting world. Who can remember to walk on a loose lead when you're trying to smell all the smells and celebrate the joys of life?

Worse still, some of our dogs really struggle with impulse control. We may see behaviours coming 'out of the blue', making it difficult to predict when they're about to bolt after a deer. Our dogs may also struggle with frustration when they're asked to wait. Other dogs struggle with attentional focus. They may fixate on one thing and ignore us, or they may have butterfly minds, struggling to focus for long periods. And a small number of dogs really struggle with other problems related to impulse control such as compulsive behaviour.


  • 1 3-hour webinar to watch at your leisure
  • Practical explanations of the different ways we can think about impulse control and frustration in dogs
  • A guide to neurobiology of impulsive behaviours
  • A summary of the most up-to-date research on decision-making in dogs
  • A free copy of the Lighten Up Frustration Assessment
  • 25+ ideas how to support dogs who struggle with different aspects of impulsivity
  • 10+ ideas of how to support dogs who struggle to cope with frustration
  • Lifetime access to the materials

If you’re committed to using fun and rewards-based training methods… You may find yourself struggling with dogs who just can't resist chasing.

You know, those dogs who’d 100% make the worst decision under pressure?

The dogs who’d chase cars despite being hit by cars in the past… Dogs who’d run after wild animals despite being gored by a wild boar…

The dogs who’d jump out of a car going 80kph or jump out of a third-storey window…

Dogs who can’t sit, who can’t stand, who can’t wait, who struggle to pay attention, who can’t focus or tone down their behaviour?

'Calm' can seem like just a distant dream.


This three-hour live course is tailor-made to help trainers and owners like you tackle the challenge of challenging behaviours that can be very rewarding for our dogs.

There are unique difficulties that come with training dogs to resist their natural instincts, and I’ve developed a comprehensive toolkit of tried-and-tested techniques and strategies to help you succeed.

As a dog owner who's lived through the frustration of a malinois who once spent six hours chasing a rat in the woodpile, I know firsthand what works and what doesn't. I’ve also been able to implement these with my clients who felt overwhelmed, frustrated and embarrassed. That's why I'm here to share my expertise with you and help you develop the skills and strategies you need to overcome this frustrating obstacle.


We unpick aspects of impulse control for dogs, thinking about what this means for them and how it affects for them.

In the course, we also take a long look at the roles of dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin, and how these affect dogs' behaviour differently when it comes to decision making. We also take a short look at the kind of medications that might help, as well as those that could worsen the problem.

Once we've explored the different concepts that make up impulsivity in dogs, we look at training and lifestyle factors that can make a huge difference for the dogs we live and work with.

After all, we all want solutions!


  Pawsitive Choices: Building Strong Foundations for Positive Decision-Making in Dogs
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When we understand impulsivity better, we can find tailored solutions that fit our dogs' needs.

This makes our job much easier. Instead of having to work on a whole bunch of skills that our dogs may well have already mastered, we can create programmes designed specifically to help them with the bits of life they find tricky.

For instance, not all dogs who struggle with decisions will struggle with attention and where to focus. Not all dogs who sometimes behave unpredictably will struggle with frustration.

But if our dog finds it hard to focus on purposeful activities or to focus on us, then they will need a bit of support and training in this area.

When we can skill our dogs up with the tools they need to lead a full life, the world opens up like a fantastic gift for them.