Many of the things we teach our dogs are quite complex. But some are very simple. A touch, a turn, a jump – these are all simple ‘units’ of behavior. In training, the dog is often rewarded after each of these individual behaviors. In this article we will compare these simple steps with the complex […]
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A collection of free dog training guides from best selling author Pippa Mattinson, including clear and detailed dog training lessons and exercises. TRAINING YOUR DOG Puppy Training Basic Obedience Improving Dog Behavior Your Training Skills Dog Training Tricks Pippa shares her forty years of experience in working with dogs, with her easy-to-follow dog training instructions and her […]
Best selling author Pippa Mattinson brings you a fantastic library of free articles to help you build a great relationship with your dog. UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOG How dog training works Dog training terms and techniques How to motivate your dog The stages in dog training Dealing with disobedience Getting help with dog training This is […]
Today’s article looks at the move away from traditional dog training and towards modern training methods. Traditional dog trainers are often bemused by the enthusiasm for modern, science based methods. They struggle to see the point. Their old methods work. They really do. So why is everyone in such a rush to change? Not to […]
Dog training videos are not just fun, they are really helpful too. Pippa has chosen a great selection here for you today. Dog training does require some basic knowledge, and reading up on the theory is important. But dog training is also a practical process. There is only so much you can learn from the […]
In this article Pippa answers the question “how does clicker training work” and shows you what to do when clicker training doesn’t work for your dog. There is quite a bit of confusion over clicker training. How clicker training works, where it comes from, when to use it and how. I hope to clear that up […]
Today’s article shows you three different but equally effective ways, to get your dog to lay down. You can choose the method which appeals to you most, they all work. My dog won’t lay down! If you are struggling a bit with the ‘down’ command, you are not alone. Teaching ‘down’ is not quite as […]
In this article we look at the growing popularity of the dog harness. You can discover the different reasons why people like and dislike dog harnesses. And find out whether a body harness is better for most dogs than a collar. We also answer common concerns about body harnesses, such as “can harnesses stop dogs […]
Modern dog training is based on ‘Learning Theory’. But the word ‘theory’ causes a lot of confusion in dog training circles. I often come across this sentence from those skeptical about modern training methods “It’s only a theory, it isn’t fact” This kind of statement is the direct result of the language barrier that exists […]
With new dog training methods have come some new words and phrases. Stimulus control is one of them! People quite often ask “what IS stimulus control” and the point of this article is to answer that question. I’ll be providing a clear definition of stimulus control, and explaining how it can help you to train your […]