Reducing the dogs state

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In order for the dog to be receptive to information they need to be in a calm state. Once their state heightens their focus will not be on you and the task in hand making their behaviour problematic.  In order to successfully communicate we need to be able to reduce the dogs state in any… Read more »

Dog training vs needs fulfilling

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It is common belief amongst the public that all dogs must be trained. Many responsible dog owners will seek to fulfil this mission and look to train their dogs in the form of a training class. In this class you will likely be taught the basics such as how to get your dog to sit,… Read more »

How to stop your dog play biting

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When an owner welcomes a dog into their home, a common behavioural problem that occurs is play biting.  Dogs who play bite can hurt people; puppies are renowned with their sharp pin like teeth to cause pain whereas bigger dogs who play bite can scare the owners as well as hurt them. A dog play… Read more »

What does it take to successfully train a dog?

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It is commonly thought, to successfully train a dog requires an owner who has time, is able to give their dog plenty of exercise and has a stern voice. If these are indeed the most important qualities, why is it that there are many well-intentioned dog owners who adhere to this thinking but own dogs… Read more »

The world from the dogs perspective

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The most common mistake made in dog training is from the owners assuming their knowledge of the world, on to the dog. The problem stems from an overfamiliarity of our environment knowing we are safe and so think the dog should know what we know. This assumption can be detrimental to the relationship if the dog… Read more »

The foundations of dog training

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To train your dog to be well behaved for example with other dogs, to respect your visitors space, to listen when you let them off lead and many other scenarios, it will be much easily achieved if you work on the foundations in the home. The irony of the common practice of going to dog… Read more »

Dogs who are scared of fireworks / loud noises

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Dogs (like people) are instinctively alarmed when hearing a loud noise such as fireworks, thunderstorms or cars exhaust banging.  A person who hears a loud noise is only likely to be momentarily shocked whereas a dog may be in fear for a long time afterwards. This is due to a person being capable to quickly… Read more »

Nervous dogs

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One of the most tragic sights for an owner is to see their dog look anxious, nervous or scared. The dog not understanding the world can become overwhelmed with all the stimuli and as a result exhibit many unsettling behaviours. I have seen nervous dogs behaviours manifest in a variety of ways such as choosing… Read more »

How to train your dog to come when called

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The biggest myth to owning a dog is that it must run and play every day. This causes many owners to feel guilt if they do not let their dogs off when going for a walk. This guilt then leads owners to set themselves up for a potential failure by letting the dog off and… Read more »

Dog Training Tips, No.3 – Respect your dogs space

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There are many incidents of dogs biting people or other dogs. The vast majority of the attacks occur from the dog feeling a sense of danger with the situation. The defence responses If a dog feels there is any danger they have an inbuilt natural defence response to keep them alive, the 3 F’s, which… Read more »