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Visual cues

Visual cues

In the first stages of dog training, many owners use luring to get the dog to do what they want. Whether its a sit or a down, big gestures are used to get the dog to obey. It might be turning the hand up to get a sit. Or pointing to the floor for a […]

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  29/09/2019   No comments
Can your dog discriminate

Can your dog discriminate

Yesterday I wrote about generalisation, today we’re talking about discrimination. This is another essential component to a well trained dog. In scent work, we need to train a dog to pick out a particular scent amongst a multitude of items, or other scents. For Rio, that means picking out the scent of cloves when strong […]

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  28/09/2019   No comments
Generalising your dog training

Generalising your dog training

Can your dog listen to a command while you do a hand stand? Or, maybe a little easier to test, while your back is turned? While you are walking? It sounds a little silly. But its important your dog can carry out your commands in any situation. It might not always be possible to be […]

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  25/09/2019   No comments
Capturing your dogs behaviour.

Capturing your dogs behaviour.

Has your dog ever done something amazing out of the blue and unexpectedly? Something that made you jump for joy and filled you with pride? I hope you rewarded it. And if so, you used a technique called capturing. Capturing is one of my favourite ways to train a dog. It teaches a dog to […]

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  24/09/2019   No comments
Can your dog obey you anywhere?

Can your dog obey you anywhere?

So you have trained your dog to sit in the kitchen And he also does it in training class. And sometimes at the park too. But will he sit at the beach? At a fun dog show? When there is another dog close by? If the answer is no to the last three questions, then […]

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  23/09/2019   No comments
Silent Training

Silent Training

People talk too much! Yap, Yap, Yap! I’m guilty of this too, I like a good natter, especially with the dogs! But sometimes, ? you say it best when you say nothing at all ? Silent training should be the absolute first step. See we say a lot of junky words that our dogs just […]

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  18/09/2019   No comments
Restricting Options

Restricting Options

Sometimes, in dog training, I allow my dog to make a choice to learn what will be rewarded and what won’t. And other times, those options need to be restricted. There is still a choice. But the choice is limited. It’s like asking a child what they want to drink. If coca cola is an […]

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  17/09/2019   No comments
No repeats

No repeats

It is ironic how often I have to repeat to my students, not to repeat their commands! And I get that it is hard advice to follow. It’s just so tempting to reaffirm a command if your dog doesn’t sit the first time. Far too often I hear ‘sit, sit, sit, SIT!’ In my training […]

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  16/09/2019   No comments
Puppy Blues

Puppy Blues

Getting a new puppy is one of the most exciting times in life. The agony of waiting for her to come home. The anticipation of a new adventure with your new best friend. Puppies can be rewarding, but frustrating at the same time. Pee, poo, play The excitement of a new friend can soon wear […]

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  15/09/2019   No comments
Arousal in dogs

Arousal in dogs

It’s ok, I’ll wait for the giggles to stop…. Finished? Great, so let’s talk about arousal. Arousal, (not the kind you are thinking of) has a dramatic affect on the day to day behaviour of your dog. What is arousal? Arousal, in essence, is the responsiveness of your dog to accept behaviour cues. Too much […]

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  14/09/2019   No comments