Dog Training

You Cannot Reinforce an Emotion

A dog is afraid, the owner picks the dog up or cuddles or soothes the dog and everyone gasps in shock and horror – “You see, that is why the dog is so fearful – they are coddling the dog and he has learned that being afraid gets him attention”.

NO, NO, NO and a thousand times NOOOOO!

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A Dog’s Yawn and What It Means

Yawning in dogs looks just like it does in humans – wide open jaw accompanied by a big, deep breath. While with people we usually associate yawning with fatigue, when dogs yawn, it is a form of dog communication.

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Dog Obedience Begins At Home

You need to add dog obedience and structure and gain control of your home.

I know it sounds trite coming from a dog obedience trainer, but the truth is that regularly practicing dog obedience, and adding structure to your dog’s life means that your relationship changes and he begins to listen to you as an authority.

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Puppy Training

I love working with puppies! They are so eager to learn and fun to work with. EBBA is a 5 month old Kokino Cross and TISSOT is a 3 month old Kokino Cross. Both pups get the hang of Sit, Down and Stay in a matter of minutes. Both are rescues and since these videos…

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How to Communicate With Your Dog

Whether you have a new dog or you and your dog have been together for a while, it’s helpful to know the meaning of your dog’s communication signals so that you can adjust your own behaviour as needed and so that you can be assured of your dog’s feelings. Dogs make vocalizations and gestures using…

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The Most Common Dog Behaviour Problems

BARKING Most dogs bark, howl and whine to some degree. Excessive barking is considered a behaviour problem. Before you can correct barking, determine why your dog is vocalising in the first place. These are the most common types of barking: Warning or Alert Playfulness/Excitement Attention-seeking Anxiety Boredom Responding to Other Dogs Learn to control excessive…

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My Top Ten Basic Training Commands

It’s possible, with time and dedication, to build a large vocabulary of commands with your dog, but before you get too carried away with advanced manoeuvres like loading the dishwasher, there are some basic commands for you and your dog to focus on. Getting these right will lay the foundation for more advanced work –…

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The Importance of Body Language in Training Your Dog

To help you and your dog understand each other better – and to help training go more smoothly – first let’s look at body language The use of body language to communicate with your dog is a skill that takes practice but a lot of communication will develop naturally as a bond between you is…

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