How effective training can improve the quality of your dog’s life

John McGuigan dog trainer

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Here at Stardust, we like to get to know our fellow professionals and create working relationships, which we can call upon to help us out if necessary.

In this blog we focus on John McGuigan from the Glasgow Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant.

I first came across John whilst researching behaviourists for Zane.

Zane was a damaged dog when we Cheap Canada goose adopted him and we knew he was a big commitment and would need a lot of help if we were to rehabilitate him make him feel like part of our family.

Over the years we enlisted the help of professionals to assist us with Zane but none really had the techniques that I was looking for. Zane is terrified of other dogs, so making us march around a hall full of other dogs was not doing either of us any good, so we made the best of what we had.

I even undertook a course in animal psychology so I could understand Zane better and we took up Canicross, to give him something to focus on. All these things improved Zane’s quality of life but I was worried he was still missing out.

 I then found John, undertook a bit of research on him and his training techniques and decided to book Zane in for an assessment.

 John’s training technique was exactly what I had been searching for, outdoor, hands on and most importantly easy to understand and replicate between sessions.

Zane came on leaps and bounds with John and although we still have hard work to do, John told me before Christmas that Zane and I could handle the training on our own and contact him if any serious issues arise.

I am so proud of my boy, he is doing amazingly well and very thankful to John for teaching us how to improve Zane’s quality of life.

What’s John’s secret? Well here in our 60 second interview he tells us!

  • What is the nature of your business?

I run a dog training and behaviour business offering one to one training for all problem behaviours and general training for dogs.

  • How long has it been going?

I have been training my own dogs since 2000. This then progressed to training friend’s and family’s dogs and I took on my first paying client in 2008.

  • Why did you start it up and what makes you different to other dog trainers/ behaviourists?

It started out as a hobby but as I gained more experience I saw it as a way to do something I really enjoyed while helping others.

When I started I envisioned that it would be something I was likely to be able to do on a part time basis when I retired, however, as the years went on there was more demand for my services so, I decided to make it my full time job.

The plan came to fruition this year when I was able to leave my job and I haven’t looked back since.

  • What are your likes/ dislikes?

I like most dog related stuff especially the activities which involve working with or training dogs. I’m not particularly fond of the showing aspect of dogs as from my experience and my own expertise, few dogs enjoy it. Being outdoor and working/training your dog is one of the most enjoyable activities I do.

  • Why is effective/ proper dog training so important

There are 4 pillars to good care for your animal:

1. Adequate food of good quality and water 2. Good vet care 3. A safe place to live 4. Training. Many dog owners do not understand the importance of training.

For Example; Dog’s don’t understand our rules and language unless we teach them.

They are effectively navigating in an alien world which they do their best to make sense of.

Dogs don’t choose to be with us, we make that choice for them.

We therefore owe it to them to teach the rules in a fair way and help keep dogs happy, healthy and safe.

  • Where do you see your business in the next 12 months?

I’ll still be doing what I’m doing, reaching as many people as possible with the message of non-aversive training.

  • How can people get in touch?

Via my website;, I’m also on Facebook and YouTube – Glasgow Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant


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