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UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOG
This is your gateway to understanding your dog. It’s where you’ll find everything you need to know before you begin teaching your puppy.
And it will help you stay on track while you train your dog
At the bottom of this article you’ll find links to over forty of Pippa’s most popular articles.
These links will take you straight to the important information you need.
Information that will make sure you are equipped to train your dog successfully, and avoid common mistakes.
The articles are organized into six sections
If you prefer, you can use the pink menu above to skip straight to the section of your choice
Why is understanding your dog important?
You can train a dog without understanding him. Plenty of people do.
He will still learn, even if you don’t bond with him or understand what he is thinking.
You can even train a dog without knowing which training techniques work best.
There is no need for dog training to be hard
You can train a dog without knowledge or understanding, but it is a long slow business.
Many people give up. Or end up with naughty, half trained dogs.
Why make things hard for yourself? When there is a better way!
How to train your dog successfully
If you can spare a little time to get to know how dogs learn and which training methods are the best, you’ll have a lot more fun training your puppy or dog
What is more, you’ll be far more successful.
Modern dog training has come a long way. We have techniques now for teaching dogs amazingly complex skills and for training basic commands rapidly and more effectively than ever before.
And the evidence shows that these methods are superior to those used by our grandparents.
Winning at dog training
Some of the positive dog training techniques you’ll find in these guides might be a little different from the methods you’ve seen on TV or at traditional dog training classes.
You don’t need to worry.
If you invest just a little time, learning how to use these methods, your dog will learn faster and be more obedient.
He’ll also be less likely to develop behavioral problems in the future. And he’ll be a happier dog!
You’ll soon be up to speed! Each article will take you less than five minutes to read.
It’s a win-win situation.
Understanding your dog
Winning is what this section of the website is about. And in order to really win, we need to understand a bit about how dogs learn, and which training methods work best.
#1 Understanding how modern dog training works
- Modern dog training: how to train your puppy without force
- How dogs learn
- How does clicker training work?
- Reinforcement in dog training
- Punishment in dog training
- Negative reinforcement in dog training
- Traditional dog training versus modern methods
- Fact versus theory in dog training
- Positive dog training methods: Are we spoiling our puppies?
- Whistle or clicker: choosing dog training signals
- The evidence for positive reinforcement training for dogs
- The demise of dominance theory in dog training
- Why modern puppy training uses food
#2 Understanding dog training terms & techniques
- Best dog training methods: choosing the right way to train
- The three Ds of dog training
- Dog lure training
- Shaping in dog training – teaching complex skills
- Mark and reward in dog training
- Event markers in dog training
- What is stimulus control
- What are aversives
- Dog training discs, rattle bottles, and pet correctors
- Training with treats: Is food really necessary?
- How to use your dog’s dinner for training
- 6 dog training methods that puppies find stressful
#3 Learning how to motivate your dog
- How to motivate your dog
- Are you bribing your dog?
- 9 ways to have a successful dog training session
- What to do when treats don’t work
- How to use and choose effective rewards for training your dog
#4 Understanding the key stages in dog training
#5 Learning how to deal with (and avoid) disobedience and behavior problems
- How to train a naughty dog: 3 rules to help you
- Dogs behaving badly – Why does my dog do that?
- Help! My dog is distracted
- Teach your dog impulse control
- Seven ways to improve your dog’s behavior in a week
- How to cure selective deafness
- How to stop your dog stealing
- My dog won’t get in the car!
- Disobedient dog: What to do when your dog won’t obey!
- How to cope with an over-excited dog!
#6 Getting help with training your dog
- 15 top quality dog training videos
- Sending your dog away for training
- 10 top dog training youtube channels
- Pippa’s forum
Not sure where to start?
If you are not sure where to begin, just start at the top and work your way down
If you only pick one, make it the first one: Modern Dog Training – How To Train Your Puppy Without Force
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