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Dog Behaviour

Top tips to calm a stressed out dog.

Top tips to calm a stressed out dog.

Your dog might be a happy-go-lucky part of the family most of the time, but there can still be situations where they act out and get anxious. As their doggy mum or dad, it’s your responsibility to calm them down, so they feel more at ease, but if you’ve never experienced it before, you might […]

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  30/07/2020   No comments
Avoid confrontation – Dog trainer tips

Avoid confrontation – Dog trainer tips

Avoid possible confrontation with other dogs, and help them to turn away from distractions, by scattering a few treats on the ground for them to search for. Read about how scentwork can help your dog through reactivity First begin with teaching your dog to search for food at home. Scatter some treats around and let […]

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  05/06/2020   No comments
Naughty Behaviour Is A Coping Mechanism

Naughty Behaviour Is A Coping Mechanism

As a dog behaviourist, I get to see a lot of ‘naughty’ dogs. 99% of the time the dog is not naughty at all. Their behaviour is a coping mechanism for something else. When treating behaviour, we first need to find the cause. Why is the dog pulling on the lead? Is he excited to […]

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  29/05/2020   No comments
Confidence is the key – Dog Training Tips

Confidence is the key – Dog Training Tips

When a dog is confident in life, you will see them train more enthusiastically. They will bounce back from scary situations quickly. Have more confidence in their skills and abilites. And you can really take their training to the next level. Dogs low in confidence can become fearful of different things. And their fear really […]

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  28/05/2020   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
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
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
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   1 comment