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16.05.2020

Dog Behaviour. Dog Training. The Critical Socialization Period.

The Critical Socialization Period -
I have a few puppy clients coming up and with us being able to do more in the world with level two, I thought I’d talk about this very important time.
The Critical Socialization Period is the first 16 weeks of your pup’s life.
This is when the foundation associations are made with his or her world, when your dog’s ideally have nothing but positive experiences with as many different stimuli as possible with everything from animals to noises (here your dog can experience fireworks early in the form of noises on an App. [Read More…]

Admin - 05:25:38 @ Puppies, Dog 'Ownership' Helpful Tips

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

11.04.2020

Dog Training. Dog Behaviour. You and your dog in ‘Lock Down’/ Social Isolation. Mental stimulation for your dog.

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…]

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