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Tis the season for visitors and visiting! (continued post)
- Barking and teaching the command “Quiet!”-
When your dog is barking, growl a very stern and guttural “Bah!!!”*
Then, the instant he/she IS quiet, say quiet and praise. You can also reward with something high value - such as a liver treat or cheese crumb, both are strong smelling, so usually more attractive your dog :-)

*Or shake a plastic bottle with pebbles in it if this proves ineffective or if your dog simply zones out and the barking is very intense, shake a tin (for example a Milo one) taped up with coins in it, by your side, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog Training, Visitors, Jumping Up! ~/?x=entry:entry181201-062552 2018-12-01T06:25:52+00:00 2018-12-01T06:25:52+00:00

Tis the season for visitors and visiting!
So let’s recap how to stop your dog jumping up -
(After first addressing exercise requirements, so pent up energy does not make your dog a spring!)
Always give your dog the opportunity to ‘do good’ and ask for a ‘Sit’, they may surprise you ;-)
It goes without saying then, that jumping up should never be encouraged.
If you’re dealing with a mild jumper, talk to your guest about how to greet your dog. [Read More…]

Dog Training, Dogs Chasing Vehicles - Cars, Buses ~/?x=entry:entry181124-071554 2018-11-24T07:15:54+00:00 2018-11-24T07:15:54+00:00

With this situation, aim to get in between yourself and the car or bus (vehicle) - taking over some of the field of view of the ‘offending metal monster’.
Get your dogs attention - using a squeaky toy, or you may have taught the command ‘Watch’ etc.
Then get them to undertake some distracting tasks, they can also be rewarded for, say a ‘Sit’, ‘Shake hands’ then ‘Down’…Building on this and hopefully vehicles drive away fairly quickly too ;-)
As well, with this training, we are now making a positive association with the situation - which happens to have vehicles such as cars and buses, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend.

Dog behaviour, how much do you watch your dog when he or she is on the other end of the lead? ~/?x=entry:entry181116-132657 2018-11-16T13:26:57+00:00 2018-11-16T13:26:57+00:00

Maybe it’s the Behaviourist in me but I was thinking about it and I really do spend A LOT of time observing Lily and Trev’s behaviours at the other end of the leads and I believe this does help us.
This observation has been organically occurring, I observe their interaction with each other of course but also, everything from where their ears are pointing - so what they are interested in of the world. How tense/relaxed each body is, how high each dog is walking -’interest in factor’- and so on. [Read More…]

Dog Training, Chewing, Destructive Behaviour in Dogs ~/?x=entry:entry181110-130132 2018-11-10T13:01:32+00:00 2018-11-10T13:01:32+00:00

Chewing, Destructive Behaviour -
Interestingly, it has been shown that a dog’s endorphin levels increase when chewing (the dog gets lots of feel good chemicals).
It is because of this, that you cannot try to stop your dogs chewing completely (it is too chemically rewarding - so very difficult to train out). You must instead re-direct the chewing to acceptable items (that are not too similar to unacceptable items). [Read More…]