FlatPress My FlatPress blog FlatPress Admin 2018 2018-11-16T16:42:52+00:00 Admin ~/ 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…]

Dog Behaviour, Dog Training, Noise Aversion, Fire Works ~/?x=entry:entry181104-085416 2018-11-04T08:54:16+00:00 2018-11-04T08:54:16+00:00

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…]

Dog Training, Dog Behaviour, Be aware of cuing... ~/?x=entry:entry181028-070031 2018-10-28T07:00:31+00:00 2018-10-28T07:00:31+00:00

Watch out for cuing a negative response in your dog…
Try not to tighten and tense up on the grip held with your dogs lead/leash when you spot another dog (or this can apply to spotting other animals or people) in the distance and usually a road crossing is not needing when discovering them at a distance either ;-) These actions only perpetuate the signals to your dog that yes, indeed, there must be something off with that ‘being’ if we are to ‘react’ this way.
Another, slightly different way to look at cuing is -
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. [Read More…]

Dog Training, 'The Recall' or getting your dog to come to you ~/?x=entry:entry181020-054001 2018-10-20T05:40:01+00:00 2018-10-20T05:40:01+00:00

First tip, never call your dog to give them a growling!
They will associate you with a negative situation and why should they ever want to come to you…
Secondly, practice the recall within your home and garden environments before venturing out into the ‘big wide world’. [Read More…]