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09.03.2019

Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, Dog Chasing!

Cars -
It can be unfortunate, cars run away swiftly and allow the perfect chance for a good fast chase for your dog!

Chasing can become quite the obsession - Think cats, fixation on torch lights etc. Your dog can become more interested in chasing than in actually catching the object. [Read More…]

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22.02.2019

Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, Dogs on the Lead and Reactionary Behaviour

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 (or vice-versa). I have witnessed many an instance, where the slightly under confident dog that is off-lead, encounters one that is on lead, then becomes a different individual altogether.
The resulting situation may be one of hostility unless you and your dog are acting relaxed. [Read More…]

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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.

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24.11.2018

Dog Training, Dogs Chasing Vehicles - Cars, Buses

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.

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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…]

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