ThinkingPets, a network of highly educated professionals

ThinkingPets has a network of highly educated trainers: Anyone using a ThinkingPets Guild registered school can rest assured that they are receiving the best training using the most up to date scientific methods.

ThinkingPets offers comprehensive training courses.

ThinkingPets offers the most comprehensive and recognised training courses: We offer courses that allow you to become a Puppy school instructor, a kitten school instructor and adult dog trainer and a rehabilitation trainer.

ThinkingPets, a network of highly educated professionals

ThinkingPets offers courses and workshops for pet owners: Short courses and workshops include a clicker course, a TTouch workshop, a first aid workshop and many more...

Nicola McConnell, Confi-Puppy Graduate

"I would like to thank you so much for my results. I am so proud and happy :) thank you for your time and support with everything. I am honoured to have completed my course with you and cannot wait to continue. Thank you for your faith in me."

Michelle Baker, Confi-Puppy Graduate

"I am jumping for joy. I'm so happy, finally I get to do something I love. But it wouldn't have come to be if it wasn't for the thinking pets team. You, Wendy Leigh and Susan. I have learnt so much and can't wait to share with everyone. Thank you and Thank you again."
Each ThinkingPets instructor is required to attend a rigorous training course, as well as ongoing educational workshops throughout the year to ensure the highest level of training and experience in our classes, as well as guaranteeing that everyone who hosts a ThinkingPets class is up to date with the latest TTouch, training and behavioural techniques used internationally.

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Training your cat to use a litter box
 
Training your cat to use a litter box
Contrary to popular belief, cats are not born litter box trained. Kittens learn this at an early stage by watching mom, but if you need to litter box train your kitten, here’s how: Litter: Some cats develop a preference about the kind of litter in their boxes. Experiment to see which kind your cat prefers.…
Toys for your dog
 
Toys for your dog
Dogs of all ages need toys, not just when they’re puppies. The best form of stimulation for your dog when he’s alone is chew toys. Chew toys are objects that the dog can chew, swallow and digest. Examples are: Cow hooves Rawhide bones Ostrich larynxes Pigs ears Rawhide strips Ostrich bones These toys should all…
Digging problems
 
Digging problems
Does your dog dig up your garden? The best way to stop the endless excavations is to create a safe, allowed digging area for him where he can dig to his heart’s content. It’s really easy to create:The digging patch should be big enough for your dog to rummage about in, so choose an area…
How to recognize a good puppy school
 
How to recognize a good puppy school
We often get asked “what constitutes a GOOD puppy school?” by our students and clients.  Those questions prompted this article, to make this information available to everyone out there who is thinking about getting a puppy. At ThinkingPets, we aim to educate South Africa (and indeed the world) about positive training techniques. If more people…
Ttouch for fear of thunderstorms and lightning
 
Ttouch for fear of thunderstorms and lightning
One of the opposites of fear is confidence or assurance. When our pets are fearful, how can we teach them that the fear is unwarranted? There are many ways via animal behavior that can help such as desensitizing an animal to certain things like loud noises. The problem with playing a tape of thunder is…
‘Tis the season to be merry
 
‘Tis the season to be merry
It is that time of year again where we all get into the spirit of giving. There are adverts everywhere encouraging us to buy this or that. Often those adverts contain the cutest pictures of puppies popping out of parcels wrapped with colourful Christmas paper, with a great big red ribbon attached. Christmas cards with…
New Baby? No Sweat!
 
New Baby? No Sweat!
By Lindi de Beer You’ve just found out you are expecting your first child and you are naturally elated. But once things calm down, you start to wonder – what about my pets? Do I have to get rid of them now that there is a baby on the way? Well, we are here to…
A touch of love (Ttouch)
 
A touch of love (Ttouch)
Hands-on Healing for the Animal Kingdom By Catherine Gallegos (© Catherine Gallegos) Our two new barn cats sat inside their oversize traveling crate, surveying the view of this next chapter in their lives. After a full day chasing mice and exploring the great outdoors of the ranch, they’d retreated back into the security of their…
My dog is trying to do what?
 
My dog is trying to do what?
By Karin Landsberg (DipCABT (OCN) COAPE, CAPBT Practitioner) I’ve been listening to the general outcry about the television show “The Dog Whisperer” and feel compelled to add my voice to those who are objecting to the methods advocated so blatantly on this program.  Now yes, I’ve heard all the arguments about “at least he’s showing…
ThinkingPets offers comprehensive training courses for people wishing to become involved in the field of companion animal training. Our courses are designed to equip students to open a training school for puppies and kittens as well as dogs, and provide clients with outstanding services. Our course material is constantly changing in accordance with the latest science and industry changes. Our students are equipped theoretically as well as practically and are well versed in not only animal behaviour and training but good business practice as well.