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Motivation!

Motivation!

Most owners know what their dogs like. The special treats that they will do anything for. For Rio, its most foods. From Kibble, to fish pieces, he finds it all equally exciting. He will choose food over toys any day. George likes food, but LOVES tennis balls and tuggy toys. If he can destroy it, […]

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  31/03/2020   No comments
Jackpots! And Reward Schedules.

Jackpots! And Reward Schedules.

When teaching your dog a new behaviour, a reward should be given every time your dog is successful. Instantly. No exceptions! This helps your dog to associate the behaviour with a reward. Sometimes, a dog can catch you by surprise and perform the end behaviour by himself, or after very little training. When this happens, […]

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  30/03/2020   No comments
Top rules of dog training!

Top rules of dog training!

We all do what works for us. Amazingly, all animals, including humans, learn in the exact same way! From tigers, to gold fish, we all have one thing in common. We are all pleasure seekers, including dogs. We do what works and avoid what doesn’t. When we find what works, we are more likely to […]

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  30/03/2020   No comments

Nikki’s Dreams have come true!

Finally! I never thought I would see the day I now have a 1 acre field all to my self! Well maybe not all to myself, of course I’m going to share it with you guys too! After a 2 and half year search, I finally found the perfect place. And I mean PERFECT I […]

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  01/03/2020   No comments
Breaking the ice!

Breaking the ice!

Many of the dogs that come to me for training, have issues with their recall. ‘Recall is fine, until we see another dog or person’ ‘Her recall is great unless we’re in a new place’ ‘His recall is good unless he finds something to sniff’ Are all things I hear in my classes. One thing […]

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  07/10/2019   No comments
Extinction – A lesson from the dinosaurs

Extinction – A lesson from the dinosaurs

When can I stop rewarding her? Is a question I get asked in almost every group of classes I teach. The simple answer is – Don’t! When dogs are no longer being rewarded for doing something, then they just stop doing it. Click here for more about rewards and reinforcement You wouldn’t go to work […]

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  04/10/2019   No comments
Is your dog a free loader?

Is your dog a free loader?

When offered a choice between free food and working for food, can you imagine which your dog will choose? Hint – Its not the free food! Researchers have found that ‘animals will perform an operant response to obtain food when abundant free food is available’ Translation Please! Simply put, your dog would rather endure a […]

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  03/10/2019   No comments
The 3 D’s of dog training

The 3 D’s of dog training

Have you ever heard about the 3 D’s of dog training? It’s something I mention, and work on extensively, in my training classes. Without the 3 D’s, there is no dog training. Let me give you the D’s! Duration Duration is probably the easiest to build, and the one I like to work on first. […]

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  02/10/2019   No comments
Luring

Luring

Luring a behaviour is something that is often criticised by balanced trainers. It’s often seen as a bad thing, and I think that’s unfair. Its actually an effective way to teach new behaviour. And the way in which most pet owners teach their dog their basic commands Luring is simply teaching your dog to follow […]

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  30/09/2019   No comments