Stay vs Wait

The difference between Wait and Stay can mean the difference between successful management vs you running down the street chasing the your dog.

Dog training commands should be simple, but can often become complicated and confusing for the dog (and human too).

For example, if one handler uses command “X” to mean one action for their dog, and then another person uses command “Y” for the same action, our dogs are left having to remember which word which person uses for which command. And, handlers are left wondering why their dog isn’t understanding and preforming simple commands.

“Say what?”

The dog’s internal response is probably the dog version of, “Honestly, I’m not sure what either of you mean.”

To make life easier for everyone, dog, handlers, parents, kids, dog-sitters, trainers, etc., it is imperative that everyone in the house use the same command for the same behavior.

The Wait and the Stay commands are often used interchangeably.

In a home with low distractions, one dog, and no kids, this is probably not a huge problem. However, when we start layering the distractions like kids, other dogs, many visitors, etc., the difference between Wait and Stay can mean the difference between successful management vs everyone running down the street chasing the fluffy lighten bolt that is their dog.

The definitions of Wait and Stay in standard dog training are…

Wait – Hang on a second or two, (a short duration) then receive a follow-up command or release word.

Stay – Hold position, freeze in place for an undetermined length of time (could be awhile).

The difference is often hard to see at first, but in the dog’s head it is a major difference in difficulty.

Wait is something a dog can usually achieve even when they are cranked up by exciting visitors, or stressful situations.

However, the Stay is harder to hold depending on how stressed or excited a dog might be.

To understand this in terms we humans experience, we need only look to air travel. We experience differences in difficultly between a short fifteen minute wait to board our airplane, verses the delayed flight that could be hours. One is much harder than the other for different reasons for different people, but in the end, the two different lengths of delay are very different demands on us.

Here are some sample situations where I would use the Wait and Stay commands differently:
  • Dog wants to go outside
    • Ask for wait before opening the door.
    • Door is opened only if dog holds position for a few seconds
  • Aunt Millie is knocking on the door
    • Ask for a wait
    • Door opens if the dog is holding position
    • Once Aunt Millie is in, the dog gets the go say hello command.
  • Baby drops toy
    • Ask dog for a wait
    • Pick up toy before dog gets there, or redirect the dog with a touch command.
  • In an elevator
    • Ask for a stay
      • Dog freezes in place for the duration of the ride regardless of the number of people getting in and out
    • At the veterinarian
      • Ask for a stay for the examination, shots, blood draws
        • Your veterinarian will thank you
    • At a traffic light
      • Ask for a stay
        • Dog freezes in place for the duration of the light regardless of the distractions that go by, like bicycles, skateboard, other dogs, etc…

Your dog will learn the difference between these two commands because once you have an understanding of what the commands are, you will mark and reward the appropriate behaviors.

You give your dog the WAIT command and he holds a position for a short duration – Praise and Reward.
You give your dog the STAY command and she freezes in place for an interval between one and three minutes – Praise and Reward.

The 10 Perfect Christmas Presents for your Dog

The 10 Best Dog Christmas Presents

Christmas is a time that is spent with family and friends and in particular, our beloved dogs. Throughout the year, they show us loyalty, love and affection so why not include them in the list of people you have to buy for. Of course, you will want to buy them more than a bag of dog chews, so take a look at the list of luxury gifts below and give your dog a wonderful gift this Christmas.

1. Petfusion Memory Foam Dog Bed

Pet Fusion Memory Foam Dog Bed

Opt for one of these and your dog will love you forever more. The Petfusion memory foam dog bed offers comfort and support, ensuring that your dog will always be able to find their perfect position. The smart design also ensures it fits with your home.

Sandra’s thoughts: Memory foam beds are excellent for elderly dogs or dogs with joint problems as they provide great support.


2. The Dog’s Bed

Made of high-quality materials and medical grade orthopaedic support, your dog will always be able to relax. The Dog’s Bed is the ultimate in luxury for your dog, giving them the perfect night’s sleep.

Sandra’s thoughts: This bed is excellent for elderly dogs or dogs with joint problems as they provide great support.


3. Dog & Field Anti Pull Lead

Dog and Field Anti Pull Lead

If you want to ensure that you and your dog enjoy your special walks together, the Dog & Field Anti Pull Lead is designed with soft braided nylon and offers a good length for a comfortable walk.

Sandra’s thoughts: Anti-pull leads are a great tool, especially for medium and large dogs.


4. Songmics Dog Cage

Songmics Dog Cage

Made of exceptional quality materials, the Songmics Dog Cage will give your dog the chance to have a place that they can call home. Two doors provide easy access and plenty of space ensures your dog can stretch out.

Sandra’s thoughts: Dog crates are brilliant for house training and are a safe way for your dog to travel in a vehicle. Crates provide a safe space for your dog escape. Crates are also great for preventing separation anxiety.

5. Gorpets Cuddle Soft Daddy Octopus Toy

Gorpets Cuddle Soft Daddy Octopus Toy

This durable soft dog chew comes in a range of colours, providing your dog with many hours of fun and excitement. The legs make a crackly noise to keep your puppy entertained and there are two squeakers. It is tough and resistant, giving a toy that will last.

Sandra’s Thoughts: Octopus is great for use as a training tool to prevent nipping pups and dogs. Simply hold Octopus between you and you dog and let them sink their teeth into him rather than you!

6. Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

Slow Feeder Dog Bowl

If your dog eats too quickly then why not get them the Slow Feeder Dog Bowl. The clever design incorporates a puzzle aspect meaning that your dog will have to work harder to get their food! High-quality materials and simple to clean it is great for you and your dog.

Sandra’s Thoughts: Slow feeders encourage your dog to chew their food properly rather than ‘inhale’ it. It also helps prevent your dog from eating their food too quickly and being sick.

7. Wimbourne Raised Dog Bowl Stand

Wimbourne Raised Dog Bowl Stand

This solid, wrought iron Wimbourne raised dog bowl stand is designed to look good and provide your dog with an easier way to eat their food. This will ensure that your dog will be able to eat from a comfortable height.

Sandra’s Thoughts: Deep chested and taller breeds can struggle with eating from the floor. Having a raised dog bowl can alleviate problems with them having to splay their legs.

8. Dog Tug Rope Toy

Dog Tug Rope Toy

The Dog Tug Rope Toy is designed to give your dog hours of fun while giving them a gift that they will truly make their own. Available in a range of sizes and colours they are ideal for playing and training.

Sandra’s Thoughts: This rope toy is great for using as a retrieving toy and for your dog to run around with. You should not have a tug-o-war with your dog as it risks injuring their teeth, jaw and neck.

9. Kong Genius Dog Toy

Kong Genius

The perfect gift for your dog, the Kong Genius Dog Toy will provide hours of chewing fun. Stuff it with gifts and set your dog a challenge. This is the ideal gift for the dog who likes to chew and let their curiosity run wild.

Sandra’s Thoughts: Another great feeder toy that slows down your dog when eating and keep them distracted when guests arrive.

10. Kong Goodie Bone Extreme Medium

Kong Goodie Bone Extreme

No Christmas list for your dog is complete without a bone. The Kong Goodie Bone Extreme is designed to give your dog hours of fun, made from durable rubber, it will definitely take some chewing.

Sandra’s Thoughts: A really solid rubber bone that’s great for your dog to chew on without risk of it breaking into pieces.

How to Choose the Perfect Dog Bed

Top Dog Bed

The quality of bed your dog sleeps on can have a massive impact on their health.

It is therefore important to make good decisions when endeavoring to choose a comfortable bed for your pup.

Dogs are faithful companions, loyal to a fault. They can sleep anywhere without complaining, provided the place is safe.

But a caring dog owner won’t allow his or her pet to sleep on a poor quality bed, or bare floor.

I’m going to share with you vital information regarding the ideal dog bed to choose and why most dog beds are less than perfect.

Why a good night’s sleep is vital for your dog

Sad Looking Dog Sleeping on Floor

As humans, having proper night rest helps us unwind and contributes to maintaining good health.

Our canine friends also benefit from a good night’s rests and proper sleep the same way we do. But as it is for humans, sleep duration and quality of bed are equally vital to dogs.

Research has indicated that length and quality of sleep a dog has can have a big impact on overall health and behavior. On the other hand, not having enough sleep can cause stress hormones to build-up.

This can lead to a series of adverse side effects every dog owner would find unpleasant. So getting your dog a good quality bed is really important.

Melatonin is also a very vital hormone. It is crucial for the wellbeing of humans and dogs. It helps to strengthen the defense system to tackle diseases. The hormone also protects cells from every form of attack, thus ensuring we are always in good health.

The body releases this hormone only when humans or dogs have enough rest. A lack of melatonin invariably indicates not having a proper night’s rest, which can result in poor health.

So, if you want a healthy and well-behaved canine friend, then ensure they get a proper night rest every single day. It’s so easy to achieve with the right dog bed.

What kinds of things can affect your dog’s sleep?

Poor Dog Sleeping on Mat

Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling aches and pains? It happens to dogs too. Often it’s as a result of a poor quality bed.

A dog’s sleeping position may have been wrong leading to several forms of avoidable physical injuries such as joint and neck pain.


Arthritis is one physical problem that can rob dogs of their perfect night rest. It can be very discomforting. Osteoarthritis is common in dogs as they age. Their bodies tend to lose adequate blood circulation and muscle tone.

Cartilage breakdown also causes arthritis in dogs. The joints will start rubbing against each other and become inflamed at the end of the day.

Arthritis symptoms are worse during winter months. One easy way dog owners can make things easier for their pets, is by providing supportive and comfortable bedding. Arthritis can make it difficult for dogs to sleep peacefully. The same thing happens in humans.

Muscle Loss

Muscle loss is another physical problem that dogs experience depriving them of a proper night’s rest. It may cause your pet to look thinner or sunken.

Muscle loss generally makes it challenging for dogs to move around and have fun, and causes dogs to suffer a lack of energy, painful joints, among other physical conditions.

These types of problems are compounded with an inferior quality bed.

Poor Quality Dog Beds

Unhappy Dog in Cheap Dog Bed

There are thousands of cheap, low-quality dog beds on the market. So, it’s easy to think any will do. But if you are serious about taking proper care of your dog’s needs, then stay away from them.

Most dog beds don’t serve more than one purpose. They may be water resistant, but don’t provide proper head and neck support. Or they may have a non-slip base but are impossible to clean.

The best thing is to choose a dog bed capable of providing all-round comfort and meeting all your dog’s needs.

Here are a some common types of beds and problems they can cause.

1. Pillow Dog Bed

Poor Quality Dog Bed

The name of this dog bed says it all. It is usually a large-sized pillow that dog sleeps on. They come in many different sizes. The problem with pillow bed is that they don’t provide proper neck and head support.

They often lack the non-slip base, increasing the chance that your dog could slip and fail when getting off the bed. Beds without non-slip bases should be avoided at all costs. Dogs can strain muscles or tear ligaments if their bed slides from under them.

2. Heated Dog Beds

Heated dog beds are more suitable for older dogs, most especially those with joint pains. As the name implies, the bed is usually warm, so dogs may find the heat soothing. But then, this bed type is more suitable for colder climates.

Heated dog beds can be a challenge to clean, owing to the material used in making them. They are also not built to provide proper head and neck support to your dog which aids comfort and proper night rest.

The Ideal Bed

As a responsible dog owner you owe it to your dog to make your canine friend comfortable, healthy and happy.

If you want to give your dog have good night rest and all round comfort, then choose a bed that has the following features and benefits:

  • Memory Foam – It’s wise to invest in a bed with dense memory foam. Not only will it have the ability to retain its shape for longer, it will be comfortable for you dog, irrespective of weight or size. Plus, sleeping on this kind of foam will give your dog the needed comfort to enjoy a good night rest.
  • Head & Neck Support – Like humans, dogs also need proper head and neck support while sleeping. It will ensure adequate blood flow and prevent neck pain. The head and neck support will give your dog the physical support they need wherever they sleep and remain in one position for long period of time.
  • Non-slip base – This is another essential feature to look for before splashing the cash on a dog bed. If your dog likes to change position while sleeping, a bed with the non-slip base will prevent them from falling off the edge. It will also great avoid the chances of injury when getting on and off the bed.
  • Durable material – Durability is a vital feature. Check the quality of the material used. Can they withstand rough handling from your dog? Many cheap dog beds are made of poor quality materials they are quickly destroyed by dogs.
  • Removable covers – Choosing a dog bed with removable covers is a wise decision. It will help you ensure that your dog’s sleeping area is clean and sanitary. Irrespective of the stain, you will be able to wash it off. You should also choose a dog bed cover you can wash manually and with the help of a machine.
  • Water resistant – Water resistant bed are great for indoor and outdoor use. Choose a dog bed that will not get damaged even when it comes in contact with water. Also, being water resistant means water won’t be able to reach the inner parts of the foam, which is essential.
  • Easy to clean – Another feature to look at for before buying a bed is the ease of cleaning. Does it require a herculean amount of strength to get stains off the dog bed? Should you dog have an accident whilst on their bed you want to be able to clean it and get rid of the smell.

Our Recommended Bed

PetFusion Memory Foam Dog Bed

PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed

PetFusion Ultimate Dog Bed

One of our favourite beds is PetFusion’s Memory Foam Dog Bed. It has all of the recommended features and it also looks great. It is a tough task to find a dog bed that possesses all the features listed above but this one fulfils all the requirements of our ideal bed. The PetFusion Memory Foam is designed to help dogs have good night rests, which translates to uninterrupted sleep for both you and your dog. It’s easy to clean and comes with removable covers for machine or hand washing. Finally, it has a non-slip base.

PetFusion Memory Foam Dog Bed is available from good retailers and is available on Amazon.


New Superstar Cast Members

New Cast Members

Here are some of our latest additions to Superstars. Please join us in welcoming them by showing them some love and liking their profile and sharing on social media.

Wilma the English Cocker Spaniel

Wilma the English Cocker Spaniel

Wilma the English Cocker Spaniel

Wilma is a working cocker, although only young she is very clever and very much used to posing in front of the camera, Wilma has modelled for a dog crate company, Wilma is learning every day and is working extremely well around distractions such as noise, crowds, other dogs and children. Wilma knows how to stay for a period of time, she knows spin and twist, middle, walking on handlers feet, paw, down, sit and is learning every day. She is clicker trained so can be trained to do specific things. Wilma is a very loving pup and gets stopped everywhere we go for her unique markings. Wilma with her sister Willow has her own Instagram account @the.wonderdogs


Doris the Border Terrier

Doris the Border Terrier

Doris the Border Terrier

I am a scruffy looking but beautiful girl who is full of character. Perfect for that sarcastic or moody look but I also have a huge smile. I can do most tricks or learn them in a day. I live in London and am enthusiastic to do anything and everything!


Lily the Jack Russell Terrier

LILY the Jack Russell Terrier

LILY the Jack Russell Terrier

Lily is a sparky Jack Russell who loves to play (especially with bally). She responds well to humans and perhaps even thinks she is one.


Stella the Whippet

Stella the Whippet

Stella the Whippet

Stella is a charming little Whippet who is eager to play and learn new skills all the time. She snuggly and chilled out most of the time but loves a walk off the lead or playtime with other puppies. She is extremely well behaved.


Brutus the Tibetan Mastiff

Brutus the Tibetan Mastiff

Brutus the Tibetan Mastiff

Brutus is a 9 Month old well behaved Pure Breed Tibetan Mastiff. Brutus is a loveable gentle Giant, always looking to please and very well socialised with people and other animals.


Monty the Golden Retriever

Monty the Golden Retriever

Monty the Golden Retriever

Monty is very calm and great with children. He listens to commands such as sit, wait, fetch and give paw. We get stopped several times each time we leave the house and people comment that he is the most beautiful and well behaved dog they have ever seen.


Flossy the Poodle

Flossy the Poodle

Flossy the Poodle

Flossy is an amazing lovin companion. Every where I go people stop me to ask to stroke her and to say how cute and beautiful she is. I believe she will be a good asset to somebody’s business or theatre production, as she is beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.


Pickle the Cavapoo

Pickle the Cavapoo

Pickle the Cavapoo

Pickle is a red cavapoochon, she has a beautiful cuddly character and loves her toys. She is only a puppy but picks up tricks easily and responds to commands well. She is very cute and is the centre of attention wherever she goes!


Boadicea the Dogue de Bordeaux

Boadicea the Dogue de Bordeaux

Boadicea the Dogue de Bordeaux

Boadicea is a beautiful little girl.she is soppy and loves a cuddle and to sit on laps. She gets on well with children and has a cat in the house that she is getting used to.


Eddie the Poodle

Eddie the Poodle

Eddie the Poodle

Eddie is calm, well behaved, toilet trained, and an all round lovely boy . He gets compliments everywhere we go and loves other dogs of all shapes and sizes. He is extremely intelligent and very quick to learn new tricks and rules. He is only four and a half months so just starting out.


Phileas the English Cocker Spaniel

Phileas the English Cocker Spaniel

Phileas the English Cocker Spaniel

Phileas is our gorgeous and energetic 19 week old working Cocker Spaniel. His cute features, cheeky nature and unusual colouring (for his breed) attracts a lot of attention from other humans and dogs alike!

How to help your dog cope with fireworks

Firework Fear

As Bonfire night creeps up on us, with it comes the constant noise of fireworks being set off, even in the weeks leading up to the event.

It is undoubtedly one of the noisiest times of year and dog owners will know only too well just how much of a problem it can cause for their dogs.

The loud explosions and flashes often leave dogs feeling anxious and frightened, a sight that is never pleasant for owners.

However, to ensure that their dogs are safe and feel secure, owners will need to plan ahead to lessen the impact that fireworks have.

Introduce your dog to noise

The loud explosions startle your dog but you can get your dog used to different noises prior to the big event.

One thing you can do is use a recording of firework explosions that can be played to your dog in a controlled way. You will need to take this approach gradually over time but it can work.

The following training exercise is best done outdoors, somewhere safe like the garden.

  1. Find something to distracted you dog with like their favourite toy. Begin playing with your dog making sure they are very engaged with the activity.
  2. Whilst playing start the recording of fireworks at a low volume.
  3. Continue to play whilst gradually increasing the volume.
  4. If your dog starts to become overly anxious and you cannot get their attention lower the volume until they are at ease and start again.
  5. Do not be tempted to use food as a reward during the training exercise. Otherwise they may associate the food with the negative experience.

If you dog progresses well you might like to use some Party Poppers instead of the recording. Using Poppers can help you dog get more accustomed to real explosions and the smell of gunpowder.

Never fire them anywhere near the dog. The Popper should be in the background whilst they are engaged in playing.

If your dog is already particularly nervous then you should see a behavioural specialist.

The power of pheromones

Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) can be effective at reducing stress-related behaviours in a number of contexts such as Bonfire night.

You will need one plugin device per room (where the dog will be). Start using them 2-3 weeks in advance of fireworks night.

Help your dog to feel safe

The chances are that your dog will feel insecure so you could create a safe haven for your dog to retreat to.

Give them some of your clothing so they pick up on your scent and allow them to hide under or behind furniture.

Whatever makes them feel safe, allow them to do it. You could always make them feel safer by distracting them through using the TV or the radio.

The additional noise can drown out the fireworks slightly and reduce the impact.

Dog coping with fireworks

Keep your behaviour consistent

Dogs have the ability to pick up on our behaviours and they sense where our moods change.

If you can see that your dog is frightened, try and stay calm and happy. Talk to your dog in the usual, cheery way and let them know that you are them for them.

If your dog is calm, you could reward them with treats.

Find out when displays are taking place

Your dog might suffer from health problems that could be made worse by the noise of fireworks.

Speak to your vet if you plan to give your dog remedies to cope with fireworks. Alongside this, it is always worth finding out when firework displays are taking place in your area and even when your neighbours plan to set them off. Displays can often take place a few days either side of the actual date.

Feed and walk your dog before dusk

After dark is the time when fireworks are set off, so feed your dog before it is all likely to begin. This will ensure that your dog manages to eat their food before they worry too much.

Along with this, you should also walk your dog because it is unlikely that they will want to go outside once they hear the fireworks.

Close all windows and doors

Closing all of your windows and doors, as well as the curtains, can help to reduce the noise and prevent the flashes of light from entering the room.

However, make sure that your dog is safe inside a room before you open your front door. One important thing to remember is to ensure that your dog has a collar, ID tag and is microchipped just in case they do escape as this will help those who find your dog to reunite them with you.

If after all your attempts the problem becomes worse then you could use the services of an animal behaviourist. They can help to train your dog in a way that helps them to become used to the noise.

Wanted: Do you have one of these?

Got one of these?

We receive requests from production companies for dogs of all shapes and sizes but we’re especially in need of more of the following breeds. Do you have one or know someone that does? If so, please direct them here.

If this is you then you can join Dogs On Camera Superstars and get 2 month’s absolutely FREE. Simply use code ‘2MONTHSFREE‘ at the checkout.

Red Golden Retrievers

Red-Gold golden retriever

Yellow Golden Retrievers

Yellow Golden Retriever

Welsh Springer Spaniels


English Springer Spaniels

English Springer Spaniels

Hungarian Pulis (White)

White Hungarian Puli

Jack Russells

Jack Russell




Teach your dog to come back when you call


Most dogs love running around off the lead, but before you give your dog their ‘freedom’ it’s vital for their safety that you know they will come back when called, regardless of where they are and what’s going on around. To teach good recall your dog needs to learn that coming back to you is a good thing, something that will bring them plenty of praise and rewards.


First, ensure that your dog knows their name. This lets them know that you want their attention. To teach this have your dog very close to you, say their name and reward.

Choose a special word or sound as your recall cue that you use ONLY when you want your dog to return. It should be short and sharp, for example a verbal cue like ‘come’, or a whistle.

Start in an enclosed space with some tasty treats in a pouch. Get your dog’s attention with their name, then use your recall cue and take a step away from them. As they return reward with praise and a tasty treat.

Gradually increase the distance between you and your dog and the level of distractions you call them away from.

Once your dog is regularly returning to you inside it’s time to move it outside. It is recommended that you use a long line during this next phase of training.

Once your dog has moved away from use your recall cue, if they ignore you very gently guide them back to you with the long line and reward them once they return. You want your dog to learn that coming back to you straight away is much more rewarding than ignoring you and continuing their fun.

Key points

  1. Use a happy, excited voice and welcoming body language (crouched down, arms open) to train recall. Moving back from your dog as you call can encourage them even more.
  2. Always praise your dog for returning no matter how long it takes. Reward them more if they come back quickly. As your dog improves you won’t need to give them a treat every time they come back. Reward them every so often to keep them motivated.
  3. Use high value rewards for recall, especially if they have come away from something especially interesting (e.g. another dog). Try making your recall exciting by throwing their treats, or using play or chase games to get their reward.
  4. Set your dog up for success by initially training in a quiet place when your dog is already looking over at you, and gradually increase the level of distraction as they improve.
  5. Make recall a fun part of the walk, not just something you do when its home time! Do this by calling your dog back then allowing them to go and play again several times during a walk, but not to the point where they get bored.
  6. Gently hold your dog’s collar as you reward them so this contact is not only associated with being clipped back onto their lead.
  7. Use your recall cue sparingly, give your dog at least five seconds to respond to your first recall. Don’t call again if you think they’re unlikely to return, as this can have the opposite effect by confirming it’s alright to not come back.
  8. If your dog ignores you stay calm. Getting angry will only discourage your dog from returning. Instead, gently guide them with the long line, or go and collect them. Alternatively, run in the other direction or hide (if safe to do so) to encourage them to come looking for you.
  9. If they run off ahead of you try changing direction or hiding behind a tree and waiting for them to find you.

Make sure to get my best side!

It is quite often the case that photo shoots will be done in conjunction with filming. The main cast is taken to one side after filming for interviews and photos. Depending on the dogs role in the production, they may also be required to be photographed. Dogs and their handlers are increasingly being interviewed these days as it is popular to run a feature on the making of the commercial on You Tube, thereby maximising the reach of a particular campaign.

House of Fraser

House of Fraser photoshoot featuring Great Dane, Missy Bulldog and Edward Pembroke Corgi.

Some assignments do not involve any film work and are just photo shoots. This is more often the case for print e.g. books and magazines.


Aquascutum Photoshoot with Pierce Brosnan

Shoots can be in a studio or on location and may require static poses or action shots. Just because it’s photography doesn’t mean that your dog won’t be required to perform tricks. They may want your dog in a particular pose and to hold that for a duration whilst the photographs are taken. They may be required to jump, bark or roll over.


French cosmopolitan fashion shoot with Crena Watson

This type of work can be the most difficult for a dog to perform as they may need to hold a Stayposition for a long time, perhaps as long as 10 to 15 minutes. They may also need to follow commands during the Staysuch as looking up and down, flicking their ears and so on, all without getting up. This would need to be performed off-lead and with endless distractions such as make-up artists doing touch-ups, perfecting the models, set designers adjusting the stage, lighting changes, cameras not working, you get the idea.

Announcing Superstars

Make Your Dog A Superstar

I’m delighted to announce the launch of my brand new online club Dogs On Camera Superstars.

Superstars in unlike any other online club as it allows you to design your dog’s profile and showcase them on the Dogs On Camera website.

Most of the enquiries we receive from production companies come from our website. They are always on the look out for the perfect dog for their next shoot. You have no doubt seen many of our Superstar dogs on TV without even knowing it!

Mr Scraps

Mr Scraps the Lurcher stars in BBC Christmas production “The Miniaturist”

Superstars allows you to upload your own photos to show off your dog’s amazing personality. You can even include a video of them playing and doing tricks. You can record all the details that are needed for a working dog.


Ernie Pug stars in a TV commercial for Kurio Watch

Not only that but you can create separate profiles for all your dogs, not just one!

Is your dog under 6 months old? Then you can join our Puppy Pre-school membership level absolutely FREE!

There are no upfront costs with Dogs On Camera Superstars, unlike some other agencies. To find out more pop along to Dogs On Camera website.

Leaving your dog home alone

How To Successfully Combat Canine Separation Anxiety

Leaving your dog home alone

When you get a dog, the last thing you want them to suffer with is separation anxiety when you leave.  It’s perfectly normal for dogs to have anxiety when their humans are gone. After all, they’re social animals. 

But, although it’s normal, it’s not something you want them to feel needlessly. You know you have every intention of returning, but your canine friend doesn’t. How can you teach your dog that it’s okay for you to leave and that you’ll be back?

While the process should begin when they’re a puppy, you may not have had that luxury (if you got an adult dog).  If you notice your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, talk to the vet to ensure your dog is in good health. If everything checks out, find a highly-knowledgeable and experienced behaviorist to help you get control over your dog’s emotions.

How To Reduce Your Dog’s Anxiety

If you want them to feel relaxed while you’re gone, you should build up their confidence in the home first. Believe it or not, you don’t always have to give your dog your undivided attention. If you’re too busy, consider the following tips to help you “train” your dog for the times you may actually be gone.

  • Set up a bed that’s comfortable for them to be in. Make sure it’s in a quiet area of the home. When they’re in it, don’t disturb them.
  • Use a chew toy to encourage them to stay in their bed while you do something else. Your dog will associate the bed with the good times, and be willing to go there on their own.
  • Your dog is a friend, and they want to be around you whenever possible. However, it’s a good idea that your dog be taught not to follow you everywhere you go in the home. You don’t want them to think you’ll always be there. If they’re following you, act as if you don’t see them. Don’t touch them or make eye contact. Most importantly, don’t talk to them. It sounds mean, but you’re doing yourself and them a big favor.

Special Note: Never tell them to “go away” if they’re following you. This only creates confusion and makes them find ways to get your attention. The best thing you can do is reward just the good behavior and ignore the undesirable one.

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Spend More Time Away From Your Dog

Your dog needs to understand that you won’t always be there, but the separation from you needs to be done gradually to get him/her acclimated to it. The best time to practice minute times away is when both of you are calm.

  • Use a baby-gate on doors. This teaches your canine friend that he/she can be away from you without worrying. They can still see and hear you, but they just can’t physically be in the same room as you. When you go into the same room as them, give them a treat such as a chew toy. You want them to associate this time alone with something fun.   
  • Stay out of sight for a few minutes at a time, then increase it to something longer. Continue increasing the time away, unless you see them getting anxious.

The idea is to get them acclimated to the idea that you’ll be gone for long periods of time but will return. It’s okay to reduce the time away again if you notice your dog isn’t comfortable with you being gone for extended periods. Remember though, your goal is to get them comfortable with the notion.

How To Prepare Your Dog For Your “Extended” Absence

  • Take your dog out to use the restroom and get some exercise before you leave.
  • Fill their bowl with water before you leave.
  • Don’t rush around trying to get things done. Rushing can cause your dog’s anxiety to rise because he/she doesn’t know what’s happening.
  • Create a routine for when you leave. Have a special word or phrase to use when leaving. Your dog understands routines, and hearing this special word or phrase helps them to understand what’s about to happen. Dogs love consistency and routines.
  • Give your dog their food-releasing toy, which should last 10 to 15 minutes after you’re gone.
  • Place an old piece of clothing on their bed
  • Leave the radio or TV on to reduce the outside noises.
  • Don’t stay gone too long, as your dog will need to use the bathroom at some point.