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14.03.2020

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. All that it means to be consistent…

Consistency -
Quite simply and perhaps obviously (or maybe not so obviously?) dogs brains do not think like ours.
Is your family all using the same word for a command?
If Mum is saying ‘Bella* come!’and Dad is saying ‘Here!’ This can be a confusing situation for your dog. [Read More…]

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11.01.2020

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. Dogs Digging!

Digging -
There can be many different reasons for this type of behaviour.
Boredom, Separation Anxiety, breed inclination (although I personally have found enrichment and exercise are key here with our Border Terriers) and simple exploratory puppy play to name but a few.
However, if you do happen to catch your dog digging, you can use a “Bah!!” coupled with a clap or shake a plastic bottle with pebbles in it (down by your side) to get their attention. [Read More…]

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19.10.2019

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. The subtleties in a situation..

Dog training and behaviour can be about the subtleties in a situation…
An example that can happen and be accumulative in nature, is from when you undertake the recall (The ‘Come’) after your dog has been off leash and you regularly put your dog straight back onto a short leash/lead. This restriction can be too much of a negative for some, discouraging the recall. [Read More…]

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20.07.2019

Dog Training. Teaching the command ‘Quiet’

Teaching the command “Quiet!”
When your dog is barking, growl a stern and guttural “Bah!”*
Then, the instant he or she IS quiet, say quiet and praise heavily. You could also reward with something high value - such as dried liver or some crumbs of cheese, both being stronger smelling, so usually more attractive to dogs.
Once the word association has been achieved, you can work on varying the length of the time, before you give your dog the treat for being quiet. [Read More…]

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28.12.2018

Dog Behaviour, ‘Does your dog need to be sociable, with all the other dogs that they meet?’

With more dogs being out and about at this time of year with their owners I thought I’d just say,
“Your dog does not need to be a ‘Social Butterfly.’”
We/Society seem to expect our dogs to be ’sociable’ with all other dogs but you can simply smile at the owner and walk on by 🙂
Do you yourself stop and shake hands with everyone you meet on the street?
Selina McIntyre, Dog Behavioural Consultant, Dogs Best Friend.

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dog trainer operating in the Hamilton, Waikato and Tauranga area's of New Zealand

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