My dog won’t come back !!! – Poor Recall

My dog won’t come back !!! – Poor Recall

Introduction When training for a good recall, operant training should be adopted using key word commands and signals and then the use of classically conditioning the dog that when it comes to you it will be rewarded. To start the recall training the pup/dog must have...

Walk the Walk- Lead Training

Walk the Walk- Lead Training

Why dogs pull? Dogs learn to pull on the lead through not being taught correct lead manners at a young age. It becomes a habit to reach the place they are going faster. They may be a breed that instinctually pulls or they may be walking with other dogs and the...

The ‘Stay’ Command -Teaching Tips

The ‘Stay’ Command -Teaching Tips

The stay command is invaluable as it assists in the training of redirecting other behaviours such as jumping up. It also increases impulse control, reduces excitability and helps to steady the dog so it will give you more focus.  It may also be used in an emergency to...

Puppy Biting and Chewing

Puppy Biting and Chewing

The chew behaviour should not be eradicated as it is a self-rewarding behaviour offering mental and physical stimulation. The chewing activity is a stress reliever due to the calming endorphins that are released. Dogs of all ages enjoy chewing, puppies chew even more...

Eight Ways to Reward your Dog to Achieve Better Behaviours

Eight Ways to Reward your Dog to Achieve Better Behaviours

Following on from my 'The Secrets to Reward Based Training' and ‘8 Ways You could be Unknowingly Rewarding Undesirable Behaviours from your Dog’, it is time to look at how to communicate what you want your dog to do first and for them to respond appropriately before...

The Secrets of Postive Reinforcment Based Training

The Secrets of Postive Reinforcment Based Training

Dogs work on a reward based system as do we! We would not go to work without pay, unless we were volunteering of course but that gives us a different kind of emotional reward. Food and praise are the obvious two and usually high on the list for many dogs, but rewards...