You know that feeling when one day it feels like everything is going to plan, that problem you’ve been trying to solve is all starting to make sense and come together, you’re on the right track and it’s great. And then suddenly, you hit a hurdle and all that progress seems to fall apart. It … Continue reading Regressions in Dog Training: Is it normal or did I do something wrong?
New Year Resolutions: Training Goals
It’s never too late, or too early, to start training your dog, so what better time to make a training plan and set some goals than the start of the year? Christmas is a time where we often become all too aware of those niggly issues with our dogs. We can easily fall into routines … Continue reading New Year Resolutions: Training Goals
How long does it take to train a dog: Setting realistic goals and ‘fixing’ problems
Our dogs are a huge part of our lives so when they display behaviours which cause us problems or complicate our lives, naturally we want to ‘fix’ them as quickly as possible, ideally with as little effort as possible too. Residential dog training is often branded as a ‘quick fix’, there’s an assumption that that’s … Continue reading How long does it take to train a dog: Setting realistic goals and ‘fixing’ problems
The Under-stimulated Dog – Where is the Balance?
There is so much emphasis these days on ensuring your dog has plenty of stimulation, there is a bigger focus on enrichment activities, on making sure your dog isn’t bored, and providing plenty of activities. But where do you draw the line? There is no question that all these things are important, but as with … Continue reading The Under-stimulated Dog – Where is the Balance?
How Sociable is Your Dog?
It’s fairly standard to assume that not all people will get along with each other. Some people clash, perhaps because they have different personalities, different interests, different moral standards, or different motivations, but that’s part of human life. Yet when our dogs don’t get along with every single dog, we suddenly think there’s something wrong … Continue reading How Sociable is Your Dog?
Train the dog in front of you, not the breed?
Are breed traits important in dog training, or is it really all about the individual dog? (*Disclaimer: Some sweeping generalisations will be made in this article) It’s true that every dog is an individual and, regardless of their breed, they will have their own unique personality traits which require a broader thinking than simply signing … Continue reading Train the dog in front of you, not the breed?
The Hunting Habit
How do you train a dog who has a taste for hunting ...? We love to watch our dogs enjoy their walks, running through the fields and burning off their energy. But this can soon turn to panic when your dog disappears longer than you expect or you watch them take off in hot pursuit … Continue reading The Hunting Habit
The Residential Debate
The phrase ‘residential training’ comes with a stigma attached. A quick Google search brings up numerous articles stating all the disadvantages and the ‘why-nots’. I’ll be the first to admit residential training isn’t suitable for every dog or every owner. It does have pros and cons, and it’s by no means a ‘quick fix’, nor … Continue reading The Residential Debate
Lure? Bribe? Reward?
What are we really teaching our dogs? Do you ever feel like all you do is bribe your dog with food? You want him to come to you so you grab a tasty treat and wave it around until he notices and comes running for it? You want him to drop the sock in his … Continue reading Lure? Bribe? Reward?
But My Dog Doesn’t Like Food…?
Motivating the unmotivated dog. When you talk to people about reward-based training, the mention of food rewards often sparks the question about what to do if you have a dog who doesn’t like food? Firstly, all dogs like food, otherwise they wouldn’t survive. It’s not a question of ‘liking’ food, it’s about what motivates them … Continue reading But My Dog Doesn’t Like Food…?
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