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07.12.2018

Dog Training, Visitors, Barking and teaching the command “Quiet!”

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.

Admin - 18:41:00 @ Puppies, Reactionary Behaviour, Visitors and your Dog | Add a comment

01.12.2018

Dog Training, Visitors, Jumping Up!

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…]

Admin - 06:25:52 @ Puppies, General Training, Visitors and your Dog | Add a comment

16.11.2018

Dog behaviour, 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 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…]

Admin - 13:26:57 @ Puppies, 'Walking the Dog' and all associated..., Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips, With Cats..., Reactionary Behaviour | Add a comment

10.11.2018

Dog Training, Chewing, Destructive Behaviour in Dogs

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…]

Admin - 13:01:32 @ Puppies, Separation Anxiety | Add a comment

04.11.2018

Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, Noise Aversion, Fire Works

If you have an anxious dog around Guy Fawkes, my first tip for this stage (so close to the day) would be, first and foremost, check your behaviour around these noisy monsters ;-)
Make sure you are not stressing about the loud noises outside and most certainly not cuddling/coddling your dog, thus actually praising and encouraging the nervous behaviour. As well, look at a Thunderband/Thundershirt- This is a type of material vest for your dog that is resting on pressure points. The idea being also, that a constant gentle ‘hug’ can calm an anxious pets nervous system (a hug is chemically rewarding). [Read More…]

Admin - 08:54:16 @ Puppies, Guy Fawkes and similar stressors for dogs, Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips | Add a comment



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