Use treats to encourage the alternate behaviours you want. It’s all about timing. 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, or jumping up on, you may in fact be rewarding and encouraging that reactionary behaviour.
Instead, try to work below thresholds/distances of ‘reaction’ (the aim is for these to decrease over time) and only reward immediately AFTER your dog has behaved in a more positive way, Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant & Dog Trainer, Dogs Best Friend.
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Fun for the whole family, we play ‘Sit, Stay, Come’ around the house with our dogs Lily and Trev, this is essentially ‘Hide and Seek’. Make sure you double back and walk around the place to make more of a scent trail, this is really what your dog is following.
- As well, we’re wanting to exercise our dogs brains just that little bit more and continually practice their obedience (we do have Border Terriers!) so we operate under the premise, ‘No freebies’. [Read More…]
Although this all feels like an alternate reality for you, your dogs will also be feeling things have changed.
It is hard not to notice the increase in both people and dogs out walking in these times, exercising and seeking respite from the confines of home. I’ve learnt that some of these people don’t normally walk and for some of these dogs they don’t normally get out either (I am very pleased they are having these experiences). [Read More…]
The Crate -
The piece of equipment known as a ‘Crate’ is not a cruel cage. It is a hugely beneficial training tool for your pup and adult dog.
The crate provides a sense of security for all stages of life (so should not be dispensed with once your pup matures). [Read More…]