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.

Articles

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...
Whose dog is this anyway?
 

Whose dog is this anyway?

By Lindi de Beer, Photos courtesy of Alta Massyn Training a puppy is very much an activity for the whole family. We see a lot of clients who are living with a partner and/or have children in the house, but they come to class all alone. Sometimes, months later, their...
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...
Toys for your cat
 

Toys for your cat

Cat toys need to be activated – moving – in order to make them fun for felines. Look at the following ideas for keeping your cat stimulated: Fishing rod toys: These are easy to make and great fun to play with. You can drag one past his line of vision...
The Intricacies of Animal Behaviour and Training
 

The Intricacies of Animal Behaviour and Training

Discussing various books and opinions as a guide for all dog owners By Karin Landsberg (DipCABT (NOCN UK), CAPBT Practitioner, CertCAB) The field of Behaviour is an interesting one, with never a dull moment.  Different opinions between trainers, behaviourists and other professionals can often make it hard for pet owners...
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...
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...
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...
The Sensory Side of TTouch
 

The Sensory Side of TTouch

By Kathy Cascade, TTouch Instructor We have all witnessed the sometimes remarkable changes in animals following a few minutes of TTouch or work in the Confidence Course. The hyper, twirling dog suddenly stands in balance and looks calmly around the room. The fearful cat hunched in the back of a...
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.