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Dog Training, Pulling on the Lead/Leash

I have no issue at all with a dog walking in front of you when out on the lead.
Walking on the lead…
Your dog should not be pulling on the lead (thus trying to get you to go in the direction they want to go *) so then the lead should be fairly loose. [Read More…]

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Dog Training and Confidence

‘Confidence is the training clincher, even if it’s faked.’
I believe from my experience in this Consultancy, that you can tick all the boxes from a trainers or behaviourists task list for you to perform but if there is no confidence in performance, no show of ‘leadership grit’ (again, as always, leadership and dominance are different) your dog may still essentially ‘walk all over you’, with you not accomplishing your goal. Fake it till you make it! Think of a person that commands authority (even a fictional character) and try to emulate their behaviour, Helen Clark or is that a bit contentious. [Read More…]

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Dog Training, Dog Behaviour, What are you really encouraging?

It may seem an odd question but what are you not noticing?
I come across many owners that repeatedly, are very much encouraging the behaviour they do not want.
An example of this is when sitting down and absorbed in conversation, their dog waltz’s along, jumps up and gets a lovely pat or scratch around the ears. [Read More…]

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Dog Training and ‘The Crate’

The Crate -
The piece of equipment known as a ‘Crate’ is not a cruel cage. It is a hugely beneficial training tool for your pup and adult dog.
The crate provides a sense of security for all stages of life (so should not be dispensed with once your pup matures). [Read More…]

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Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, ‘Recall’/'Come’ and the associations with the lead/leash

[font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]When you put your dog back on their lead/leash after a recall/’Come’ try if you can, to leave the lead long enough for slack. If you have the lead too short and tight each time after you get your dog back in, a negative association can form with coming back to you and being put on the lead - losing all that freedom ;-)[/font][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif][font=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif];-)[/font] Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend. [/font]

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