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09.05.2020

Dog Behaviour. Dog Training. What are your treats rewarding?

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.

Admin - 07:55:20 @ Puppies, Guy Fawkes and similar stressors for dogs, 'Walking the Dog' and all associated..., General Training, Reactionary Behaviour, Visitors and your Dog, Cars/Vehicles and your Dog

02.05.2020

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. Dogs biting the lead/ leash

Lead/Leash Biting
Firstly, make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and mental stimulation throughout the day. Biting at the lead can be a way for dog to release excess energy or stress. Your dog then has a tug toy going with them out in the world. [Read More…]

Admin - 07:18:45 @ Puppies, 'Walking the Dog' and all associated...

18.04.2020

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. Pulling on the Lead.

Firstly, it is ok for your dog to be walking in front of you when out lead walking. They simply should not be pulling on that lead (trying to get you to go in the direction they want to go), the lead should be fairly loose.
Think about a musher and sled-dog team and the control that they have at the end of the sled. [Read More…]

Admin - 08:57:40 @ Puppies, 'Walking the Dog' and all associated..., Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips, 'Obedience' Type Command Instruction

04.04.2020

Dog Behaviour. Dog Training. Covid 19 Effects on Dog Behaviour and how you can help.

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…]

Admin - 07:33:35 @ Puppies, 'Walking the Dog' and all associated..., Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips, Reactionary Behaviour

15.02.2020

Dog Behaviour. Benefits of walking your dog. Do small dogs need to go for walks?

The Walk -
The walk is the best form of mental stimulation!
Pent up energy of mental or physical forms has been linked to tension and anxiety.
There is more stimulation (different sights, smells etc.) when you break up the day with two walks and this also burns more energy than a single big, less intense one. [Read More…]

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