You will hear dog trainers talk about aversives. But what do they actually mean? And does it really matter whether or not we use aversives in dog training? There is quite a lot of confusion about this topic, with many people thinking that the word aversives means cruel or harsh forms of punishment. Let’s take […]
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Does your dog ignore you when you leave your treats at home? Has he figured out that when you don’t have cheese, there is no point in coming back to your whistle? This is a very frustrating experience for any dog owner. And one that is often mistakenly assumed by traditional trainers to be the […]
It is very common for people to get in a muddle with some aspects of the terminology that surrounds behavioral science when it comes to dog training. Most people nowadays do understand what Positive Reinforcement is. They understand that this means teaching dogs the right thing to do by reinforcing good behavior with rewards. However, […]
Dogs often behave badly From beating up other dogs, to stealing food. From digging holes in the lawn, to rolling in unmentionable things found on walks. Much as we love them, dogs have some annoying and embarrassing habits. But why do they do that? Dogs do things for one of two reasons. Either they are […]
Luring is a useful technique for us to use in training our dogs A ‘lure’ enables us to move a dog into different positions without grabbing at the dog. Or taking hold of him in any way! We can then mark and reward those positions or movements, and shape them into new behaviours. Why do […]
Stage Two dog training is the second stage in teaching a dog or puppy any new skill. This is the ‘Pair It’ stage of my: ‘Get It’, ‘Pair It’, ‘Teach It’ dog training system. It’s all about helping your puppy make sense of what you say. The language barrier between man and dog There is […]
Dogs can be trained to carry out quite complex tasks. But how do you begin to teach a dog to complete a ‘dance’ routine, or to unload a washing machine for his disabled owner. How are dogs taught to ‘act’ in films, play dead, hide in tiny spaces, or place objects into containers. In many […]
This article is a resource for people that own a spaniel from working lines. It is especially for those that are struggling to manage their young dogs. I receive a lot of emails and questions about problems, mainly behavioral problems, with working bred spaniels. These are spaniels that have been bred for many generations specifically […]
Today’s article is all about your biting puppy. We’ll look at why puppies bite, and at how to stop your puppy biting, as fast as possible. HELPFUL LINKS Why Do Puppies Bite My Puppy Bites Hard Growling & Biting Is My Puppy Aggressive My Puppy Keeps Biting How To Stop Puppy […]
Do you ever get back from spending a good chunk of time training your dog, only to feel like you’ve not really achieved anything? In this article we are going to look at 9 ways to have a better training session with your dog. We spend hours with our dogs, but how many of those […]