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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]

Admin - 09:57:53 @ Puppies, Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips, General Training | Add a comment


Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, Dog Interaction on the Lead/Leash

The dynamic of a dog to dog social interaction is perceived differently, if your dog is on the lead and other dogs are off-lead – so the off-lead dogs are accessing freedom. I have witnessed many an instance where the more slightly lacking in confidence dog that is off-lead, encounters one that is on lead, then becomes a different individual altogether. The resulting reaction though may be one of hostility unless you and your dog are acting relaxed. [Read More…]

Admin - 11:27:03 @ 'Walking the Dog' and all associated..., Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips, General Training | Add a comment


Dog Training and Consistency

Are you being consistent?
It is so very important to be consistently applying your training methods among your family/pack members but also within yourself and how you approach situations with your dog, be consistent. Your dog will simply get confused and is looking to you for guidance, if in doubt, strip your situation right back to the basics with all involved, for understanding, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend

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Watch out for bribery!
Do not show your dog the precious treat (or other reward) you have in your hand to try to get them to undertake the command you are wanting.
Treats and other rewards should be given IMMEDIATELY AFTER the desired behaviour has been performed, for a few repetions (say 10 times max) but then reduced to a random schedule. [Read More…]

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Dog Training, I do not teach a ‘heel’…

I have not taught our dog Trev to ‘heel.’
So, walking on the lead…
I have no issue at all with a dog walking in front of you when out on the lead/leash.
They simply should not be pulling on that lead (thus trying to get you to go in the direction they want to go *), the lead should be fairly loose. [Read More…]

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