Author: Justin Jordan

Dark haired puppy looking sad with puppy eyes

Reducing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation anxiety is a feeling of loneliness that is experienced when being separated from a parent, carer or loved one. While it is most often seen in children, it is also a very real feeling that our pets and especially dogs experience.

The inevitable truth of owning a dog is that you will have to leave them alone at times, no matter how much we don’t want to! Many dog owners must leave for work for upwards of 8 hours a day, meaning their dogs are left without social interaction and exercise for a large portion of their day.


Effects of Separation Anxiety on Your Dog’s Behaviour

Separation anxiety in dogs can cause bad behaviour and a decline in the mental health of your dog. One of the most common forms of bad behaviour that becomes apparent in dogs with separation anxiety is excessive barking. Dogs with separation anxiety often resort to barking or howling out of boredom, but other common problems that arise include escape attempts, digging in the yard or chewing. While separation anxiety can present itself in several ways, the resulting behaviour is often confused for your dog suffering from boredom.


Preventing Separation Anxiety in Dogs & Puppies

So how can you prevent separation anxiety in dogs and puppies? There are several ways in which you can help to ease the effect of separation anxiety for your dog. With some changes in your own behaviour and the help of some very clever dog products, you can provide your lonely dog with some relatively simple solutions to separation anxiety symptoms.


Separation Anxiety Dog Training

By changing your own behaviour slightly while leaving your dog alone, you can help your dog to deal with separation anxiety.


1. Stay assertive

Stay calm and collected while leaving your pup alone for the day. Dogs are very perceptive animals, so by displaying anxious behaviour yourself before leaving your dog will act accordingly.


2. Don’t make a big deal about leaving

Make sure that you show your pup the affection that it deserves long before you leave the house. By communicating to your dog that leaving the house is not a big deal, they can become more accustomed to spending time without you!


3. Socialise and exercise with your dog before leaving

By tiring your dog out a little through exercise, you can encourage your dog to spend its time alone resting. This is good behaviour to encourage, as your home time is seen as the more social time for you and your dog to enjoy.


Dog Toys for Separation Anxiety

There are also dog toys available online that can help you to reduce separation anxiety in your dog. These toys often provide stimulation and mental training for your dog, occupying them for hours. These can come in the form of chew toys, cuddle toys or slow-release treat games.

One of our favourite separation anxiety dog toys are Lickimats. By spreading soft food over the mat, dogs will spend hours slowly licking this off.  This provides your dog with a tasty treat while also stimulating them and keeping them busy. You can buy a Lickimat from our online store here.


How Jordan Dog Training Can Help with Separation Anxiety

If you’re struggling to help your dog with their separation anxiety, you can enlist the help of an expert dog trainer from Jordan Dog Training. The team offers home dog training services that can be targeted specifically to help with separation anxiety and other behavioural issues. Contact the team online today.

Group Obedience Class Video

We recently invited For You films down to one of our Group Obedience Classes to film a typical day with our expert dog trainers. In the video you can see how we run our group classes so that the dogs get a healthy exposure to other animals, while also building a stronger bond with you.

This particular class was run in Kedron, but we also offer classes in other regions surrounding Northern Brisbane. On this occasion we got to see our head trainer Mia working alongside our assistant trainers Emily, Sarah and Cath to foster healthy relationships between dog and owner.

Building a connection with your dog through obedience training means you can also work on any behavioural issues that you may see your dog exhibiting. Getting your dog used to behavioural training and socialising is a great first step to a well-trained pup. If you are interested in attending a group obedience session, click here to book online. You can also contact us for more information here.


Our Interview with the ABC

We were lucky enough to be invited down to the ABC headquarters on Saturday to talk with Craig Quartermaine on the ABC Evenings show. During the interview we shared our expertise on dog behaviour and training, bringing our furry friend Red Dog along for the ride.

read more

Cute puppy

Breed Spotlight: Cavoodle

Cavoodle (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle cross)

Cavoodles are a cross between a Poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Rising in popularity since the late 1990s, they are now one of Australia’s most popular breeds — and for a good reason too! Cavoodles are smart, affectionate and highly trainable, making them a perfect family pet.

Are you thinking of getting a Cavoodle puppy of your own? Here is some crucial Cavoodle dog breed information to help get you started


Cute puppy

Cavoodle Temperament

Do Cavoodles bark a lot?

The Cavoodle temperament highlights the best parts of the Cavalier and the Poodle, meaning Cavoodles are gentle and intelligent dogs who love to please. However, Cavoodles are quite vocal and have a tendency to bark frequently. You can expect them to bark at new people and unknown noises on the street, as well as when they’re hungry, bored or in pain. With the right help, it is possible to train your dog to bark less, but do keep in mind that some barking is inevitable.

Do you leave Cavoodles alone?

Cavoodles are energetic, affectionate and sociable dogs who love attention. As a breed, Cavoodles are prone to separation anxiety, so they are best suited to individuals and families who are home a lot. With some training, they can adapt to spending some time by themselves while you’re at work during the day, as long as they receive frequent and adequate exercise to avoid energy build ups.


Are Cavoodles aggressive?

Cavoodles may bark at new visitors or outside noises, but the Cavoodle temperament is non-aggressive. They can quite happily get along with all age groups and make excellent family dogs. Overall, they are gentle, affectionate and loving with almost everyone they meet. As with all breeds, you should always supervise your Cavoodle when they’re with your children to avoid any accidents.

Exercise needs

Cavoodles are intelligent, high energy dogs who love to play and require both mental and physical stimulation. Generally, one walk a day is enough to satisfy their energy levels, though this can vary and some dogs may need more. While there are some people who take their dogs out twice or even three times a day, a good rule to go by is to make sure your Cavoodle is getting at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. Whether you choose to walk, run or play ball, you will find your Cavoodle will be more than happy to be active with you.

Cavoodle Size & Appearance

How big are Cavoodles?

Cavoodles are a small breed, thought the weight and size varies from dog to dog and also depends on the parents. Overall, the average Cavoodle is around 30cm in height and 10kg in weight.

What does a Cavoodle dog look like?

Cavoodles feature traits from both the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Cavoodle’s size is small with a round face, a medium-length muzzle and big brown eyes. As a crossbreed, their appearance can vary quite significantly from dog to dog. Generally, they tend to have long ears and a thick soft coat which can be either curly or straight. They can be gold, tan, black, cream brown or tricolour, with or without markings— no two Cavoodles are exactly the same!

How big does a Cavoodle grow?

Cavoodles are small dogs. On average, they can grow up to 12kgs, with a height of up to 38cm tall.

Cavoodle Grooming

Do Cavoodles shed hair?

Since Poodles don’t shed but Cavaliers do, Cavoodles tend to have soft coats that generally shed a very small amount, if at all. Cavoodles are also hypoallergenic dogs, making them a good choice for dog-lovers suffering from allergies.

Are Cavoodle’s high-maintenance dogs?

Despite not shedding very much, Cavoodles do need to be brushed weekly and clipped every 6 weeks. Overall, they require regular trimming and grooming to keep their coats looking their best. Their ears need frequent cleaning to prevent any infections and like all dogs, daily teeth brushing or teeth cleaning treats can help prevent tartar building leading to gingivitis. Cavoodles’ eyes should also be cleaned regularly to prevent discharge from building up and causing future problems.

To answer the question: Cavoodles tend to be moderate to high maintenance so be prepared for this if you decide to adopt one into your family.

Cavoodle Diet

What to feed a Cavoodle puppy

Cavoodle’s diets change throughout the course of their life, and even from dog to dog. At the beginning, when your Cavoodle first starts eating ‘real food’ (as opposed to milk), they will need more protein and fat than the average adult dog. This is because as puppies they will need more energy in order to run around, play and develop.

What to feed a Cavoodle adult

Adult dogs can eat more well rounded diets. Choose nutritionally balanced dog food that contains the fats, proteins and nutrients your dog needs to thrive. Again, ask your local vet for further recommendations.

Cavoodle Lifespan

How old do Cavoodles live to?

Cavoodles are a crossbreed, which luckily puts them at lower risk of developing certain health issues though of course, this cannot be guaranteed. With the correct nutrition, exercise and regular vet checks, a Cavoodle can live to be anywhere from 10-14 years old.

Need help training your new Cavoodle?

Cavoodle puppies are full of energy, and like any dog, it is important to teach them the right behaviours while they’re still young. At Jordan’s Dog Training, we dedicate ourselves to helping dog owners communicate effectively with their furry best friends. Using only positive reinforcement and proven techniques, we can help teach your dog new tricks and solve any issues you may be experiencing.

We can help you hit the ground running with our Puppy Set-up, or help you take the first steps in training your puppy at our Puppy Pre-School. To find out more about training your puppy, contact us today!


If you liked our dog facts and information about the Cavoodle breed, then check out our previous blog on the English Staffy.

English Staffy

Breed Spotlight: Staffordshire Bull Terrier (English Staffy)

English Staffy

Considering buying an English Staffy? Here are some dog facts and information on the Staffy breed to get you started.

English StaffyAppearance

English Staffies are a well-muscled, robust looking dog with a short, smooth coat, broad head and strong tail.

How Big Do English Staffies Get?

A medium-sized dog, English Staffies typically weigh between 11-17 kilograms and stand 35-40 cm tall at the withers.

How Long Do English Staffies Live For?

For an average, healthy English Staffy, their life span can be around 12-14 years.

Their coat may be red, fawn, white, black, blue or brindle, and may be mixed with white to varying degrees.


TemperamentEnglish Staffy lying on a couch

Are English Staffies Smart?

The English Staffy is a courageous, highly intelligent and affectionate breed. Staffies are very human-oriented and loyal, and want to be with you all the time. At the extreme, they can be clingy and occasionally prone to anxiousness when left alone. They are a versatile dog who will happily join the family on the sofa for a movie, trips to the beach, car rides, and may do well at dog sports such as flyball, obedience or agility.

Are English Staffies Good Family Dogs?

English Staffies are happiest when indoors with the family. While known as a “nanny dog” due to their love of children, they are best suited to families with children aged over eight years as they may knock smaller children over with their enthusiasm. As with all dogs, they should not be left with children unsupervised.

Although not known as excessive barkers, English Staffies are vocal: they will often be heard snoring, snorting, grunting and “singing”.

Are English Staffies Good Guard Dogs?

English Staffies have a protective nature; instinctively taking care of their home and family. As mentioned they are often referred to as “nanny dogs” due to their protective nature around children.

Are English Staffies Aggressive?

English Staffies are friendly, family dogs that can be very gentle and affectionate. As with any breed of dog, if they are mistreated at the hands of bad owners, they can become aggressive, however this breed is not considered dangerous or problematic.


English Staffy PuppyExercise and space needs

English Staffies can thrive in any type of home as long as he gets daily exercise. They are notorious diggers, so it is important to ensure that fences are secure by laying a concrete trench or burying chicken wire at the bottom. The best prevention from escaping is to provide your English Staffy with a vigorous walk every day, particularly if they will be left home alone for any length of time.

An energetic and high-spirited breed, they thrive on vigorous athletic activities. All dogs have different preferences – some will love chasing a ball, others will excel at dog sports, others might enjoy taking their human for a jog. You should find a suitable activity for your English Staffy to give them an outlet for their energy and to maintain their muscle tone. They will also benefit from some strong chew toys such as a frozen Kong stuffed with suitable treats and veggies.


GroomingEnglish Staffy Puppy

Do English Staffies Shed?

English Staffies have short, easy-care coats. They shed a low to moderate amount, but this can be minimised with regular brushing. A bath once or twice a month will keep them smelling fresh if they spend most of their time indoors.


What to Feed English Staffies

English Staffies don’t really have any specific dietary requirements, however due to them being prone to potential skin diseases, it’s recommended that you choose a dog food that supports skin and coat health.


Need help training your new English Staffy puppy?

We can help you hit the ground running with our Puppy Set-up, or help you take the first steps in training your puppy at our Puppy Pre-School.


If you liked our dog facts and information about the English Staffy breed, then check out our previous blog on the Labradoor Retriever.

Cane Toads and Dogs - Jordan Dog Training

Cane Toads and Dogs

Are Toads Poisonous to Dogs? Can Dogs Die From Biting a Toad?

Cane toads can kill dogs. Due to the toad’s natural defence mechanism, the toxins they release can cause serious health issues to dogs and they are considered highly poisonous.

At this time of year, cane toads are prolific. This can be a major challenge for those of us that have dogs, especially those dogs with a high prey drive. Dogs are often drawn to chase cane toads, and they may lick, nose-nudge or pick up cane toads in their mouth.

read more

Pet insurance: What the right coverage can do for you

More often than not, a visit to the vet involves a great deal of trepidation not only for your dog’s health concerns but also the potential costs involved.

With advancements in veterinary technologies and diagnostics, caring for our pets is becoming more and more expensive, and all owners want to be financially able to give their pets the best treatment possible. Injuries and illnesses are often unexpected, and these costs can cause major stress, particularly when after-hours emergency treatment is required.

Thankfully, you can be prepared for when accidents do occur!

What is pet insurance?

Pet insurance, like health insurance, is designed to assist with covering medical bills or in this case, veterinary bills. Some plans can assist with paying up to 80% of the bill.

Pet insurance can cover accidental injury, illness and extras including routine care, dental and alternative treatments.

Why should I get coverage for my dog?

Unless you have savings that can cover the costs for unexpected vet bills, pet insurance is crucial if your dog is to recover from an illness or injury. Your best friend is a member of your family and we all want to have the ability and means to offer help when they need it most.

There are several great benefits to having pet insurance for your pup:

·       Peace of mind

·       Receive the optimal treatments, not based on a budget

·       Maintain their health

·       Unexpected vet bills won’t cause financial burden

·       You will save money in the long run if an accident does happen

Take out an insurance policy for your puppy when they’re still young and do not have any pre-existing conditions. This will ensure your dog is covered for any conditions that arise throughout their lifetime.

Who do I call?

Pet insurance is becoming increasingly popular as owners experience its benefits. There are many insurance policies available to Australians, however we recommend coverage from Bupa. We’ve received a lot of good feedback about Bupa from our clients who’ve experienced excellent service and coverage for an affordable price.

Bupa offers 3 types of coverage to dog owners; basic, standard and ultimate. You have the freedom to select the amount of coverage suitable to you and your pooch, based on their needs and your financial situation.

Read more about Bupa’s pet insurance (PDS) online and ask for a free quote so you can assess your budget.

It’s a good idea to place pet insurance in the ‘essentials’ category when preparing to find a new friend, and factor the   cost in from day one. Your best friend loves you unconditionally; pet insurance helps you to support and care for them when they need you the most.

Jordan Dog Training Moves to Mackay.

We’re excited to announce that we will be open for business in Mackay! The lovely Amy Gladman has recently moved to Mackay and will be representing Jordan Dog Training in the Mackay area from the 11th of March 2019.

Please contact Amy if you are looking for obedience classes, puppy school or behaviour training for your best friend in the Mackay area.

To all of Amy’s current Brisbane students, please contact Justin Jordan.

We wish Amy all the best in Mackay and look forward to hearing more about her adventures.

Positive Reviews Help Others: Thank You

We get so many positive reviews for Jordan Dog Training across Facebook, Google My Business, and those who choose to email us directly. We love that our customers are happy enough with our services that they want to share their experiences with others. With so much negativity in the world today it’s even more important to pay attention to the positive messages. We recently got a review on our Facebook page by a lovely woman called Amy.

She wrote:

“We got so much out of our puppy preschool experience with Jordan Dog Training. Justin is such a conscientious, experienced trainer, and a true lover of all kinds of dogs! As new dog owners he really reassured us through the process and was incredibly supportive. All the sessions were super informative and helpful. We spend so much of our time googling and youtubing tips for training but that all paled in comparison to being able to speak to a proper trainer in person. We would recommend this class to anyone and everyone; it’s helped us and our lil boy immeasurably. Thanks Justin!”



As always, we offer ongoing support to the pups that are educated through our puppy preschool. We’re always available on email or via phone if anyone has any questions. We love hanging around after class to answer specific questions and share our knowledge and we hope that our advice has made you a more confident dog owner if you ever attended one of our classes.

Thank you for everyone’s ongoing support.


If you’d like to leave your own review, please visit our facebook page, or you can submit a testimonial.

No ham bones for dogs

Keep your dogs safe this Christmas

What not to feed your dog this Christmas

Many of us love to indulge over Christmas, and it can be very tempting to include your dog in the Christmas cheer. Unfortunately, many of our Christmas favourites can make our dogs sick.

read more