About Totally Dog TrainingHi,  my name is Pippa Mattinson

I have set up this website specifically to help people looking for information on how to train their dogs successfully.

I am the owner of the popular Labrador Site, and The Happy Puppy Site.  I’m also the author of the Amazon best selling dog books Total Recall and The Happy Puppy Handbook, and The Labrador Handbook

Contacting me

You can find out more about me on pippamattinson.com, and join me on Twitter 

You can also join my forum – it’s call The Labrador Forum, but it welcomes dogs (and their owners) of all breeds and types.   It is a very friendly and supportive place.  I drop in most days and it is one of the best ways to get your dog questions answered.  And if you are a cat person, drop into my cat site too.

My aims

My goal is to help people enjoy their dogs.  And most dogs are a lot more fun to be around, if they are well trained.

Totally Dog Training focuses on the nuts and bolts of dog training.  It aims to help you understand and train your dog without fuss.

It is for anyone who shares their life with a dog of any shape or size.  I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to comment on the articles you find here.

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norweigan dave August 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

hello just felll on this web page and I am going to get your book I run hunt tests with our family pets hrc ones I believe can learn off these web sites to improve my dogs thanks for taking the time to do this


Pippa Mattinson August 19, 2013 at 8:21 am

Thanks for your comment Dave, hope you enjoy the book 🙂


Jacqueline Acatos November 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Hi Pippa,

I have just joined your Facebook page and have ordered your book. I have never punished my dog, and have used so far just reward him with play and affection, whilst ignoring bad behaviour. I have resisted treat training until I read your views on your website, so now that I’m in I’d like to know two things:
1) what treats to use (different kind for different training? does it mount up the calories and should they be counted in the food intake?)
2) Is there a better whistle to use or does it not matter? Are all clicker as loud as each other?
I have a 20 month old Wirehaired Hungarian Vizsla who is pretty well behaved and is easy to train, but I would like to have total recall and stop him barking when excited (I have started on the ‘speak’ and ‘quiet’ training. Thanks so much for answering if you have time.
Thanks for all your tips – I have spent most of the day reading up stuff and not done ANY work!!


Pippa Mattinson November 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Hi Jacqueline,
Here is an article on choosing rewards – it all depends on what your dog likes, tiny pieces of roast meat are very popular with most dogs. And yes, you need to deduct the food you use in training from the daily allowance. You’ll find lots more info in Total Recall.
And about whistles too. I use the 210.5 which is a great whistle. There is a range of clickers here

Hope you manage to get some work done today 🙂


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