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Dog behaviour, dogs on lead and dogs off lead…

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…]

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Dog Training, Watch Your Dog …

How much do you watch your dog when he or she is on the other end of the lead? Maybe it’s the Behaviourist in me but I was thinking about it and I really do spend A LOT of time observing Trev’s behaviour at the other end of the lead and I believe this does help us. This observation has been organically occurring, I observe everything from where his ears are pointing- so what he is interested in. [Read More…]

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Dog Training, Fixation and Cats

Fixation and Cats -
Yelling at your dog or physically handling them when they are in this state will only heighten the excited energy present. Instead…
Use the guttural “Bah!” and clap of hands, I have discussed, as soon as you see your dogs behaviour modify. [Read More…]

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Dog Behaviour, Educating Kids Around Dog Safety

Many kids I come across say a friendly dog has a wagging tail but a tail wag does not always mean a friendly dog…
When a dogs tail is wagging up ’stiff like a board’ (almost ping ping ping) instead of ‘flowing like a wave’, this is not a good friendly sign!

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Dog Training - What are you really rewarding? Example- Reactionary Behaviour

What are you really encouraging?
Make sure you are not inadvertently encouraging your dogs reactionary behaviour.
If you are giving your dog treats while your dog is being ‘reactive’(growling, barking etc.) in an attempt to distract or ‘create a positive association’ with the people or animals your dog is reacting to, you may in fact be rewarding and encouraging that reactionary behaviour.
Instead, only reward AFTER your has behaved in a more positive way and is ‘relatively’ calm,

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