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Choosing the right puppy

Choosing the right puppy

When you decide the time is right for a puppy to come into your life, you should really think long and hard and do some research before you take that big step. When people buy a new car, on average people keep the new car until its 4 – 6 years old, or there abouts. Now, consider how much research, …

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When your dog does not understand “No”

In this modern world, we have much deeper relationships with our dogs, few will disagree with me on this one, but as we are so taken with our dogs, are expert trainers, masters of scientifically proven positive reinforcement training systems, why are there so many dog attacks, aggressive dogs and out of control dogs? With the internet being the encyclopedia …

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Hyper active disorder in dogs

Hyper active disorder

We have all heard that the key to helping a dog with behaviour problems is exercise, but in many cases I disagree with this, in fact I wrote an article about it here. (“Why exercise may not be the answer to your dog problems“) Now many people will disagree with me here but considering I see a LOT of dogs …

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Obedience or Behaviour Modification?

Behaviour Modification

When you have a problem with your dog’s behaviour, for example aggression, separation issues, reactive or nervous behaviours then most experienced behaviourists will carry out a behaviour modification program; but to carry this program out effectively, there are often elements of obedience training that also need to be taught and trained. Very often I see clients that have a solid …

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My baby and my dog?

My baby and my dog

Bringing a baby into your home with or without dogs is going to be a disruptive exercise, anyone with children will agree, but if your dog/s are not ready for this then they may react in a way that will make this very challenging time, very much more challenging. At times a new mum contacts us at her wits end …

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7 steps to being a great leader

leader

One of the most common areas people struggle with is being an effective leader for their dog/s.The greatest differences between dogs that are trained and those that are not are:-Dogs that are trained display behaviours they have been taught vs untrained dogs display behaviours based on their instincts.Dogs that are trained have had the benefit of being taught how to …

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Is your dog your best Friend?

Now there are people who one day dream of having a (human) child and look forward to this being a BFF relationship.Many people reading this who are already parents might say that being your child’s best friend may happen SOMETIMES but most parents will agree there are many other priorities to being a responsible parent.Responsibilities are work, they mean that …

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The good dog

good dog

I was reflecting on the year (2018) and the many dog owners I have met and worked with this year and it came to me that most dog owners at some point will say “he is a good dog” or “she is a good dog”. Fair enough but what l does that actually mean? I don’t think it means as …

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Child bitten, stupid parents, bad dog, bad luck?

Recently another child bitten in Australia by a dog he was interacting with. We shared this story on our Facebook page and of courseit has gone viral with comments from dog lovers calling the parents irresponsible and stupid. At first thought it is easy to go that way, but ask yourself, “do you feel that these parents or the grandparents …

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My dog hates

This is something I hear a lot,  from so many different people and rarely, and I mean very rarely are they correct in assuming their dog hates something or someone. The reason for this article is that when a dog is labelled as anxious, dominant, fearful or even as hating something, this often dictates or determines the treatment or training …

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How to make an aggressive dog

Most people would like to avoid ending up with an aggressive dog at all costs but don’t understand that many of the things they do are driving their puppy in this direction. My behaviour consults are filled with dogs displaying aggression driven by fear, anxiety, stress, predatory instinct, dominance and other elements that have occurred through poor education, bad experiences, …

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Death before discomfort?

Death before discomfort is a term used by some in the dog training / behaviour world and I wanted to talk about it and what it means, what people think it means and why I think the term exists. Amongst dog trainers and behaviourists there are some that support the use of all four quadrants of the operant conditioning principles …

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Motivation problems in the heeling exercise

Often I work with people and their dogs and the goal is to improve the dogs performance in the heeling exercise, whether that be for Rally O, ANKC or IPO, they are usually coming to see me to learn my Training in Drive system as they may have seen dogs that I have worked with or some of our videos …

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Can someone recommend a good dog trainer? ?

good dog trainer

I have been tagged in thousands of facebook and forum threads that often start this way “Can anyone recommend a good dog trainer?” As I scan through, it does not take long before I see the conversation going in a common direction which has posters and trainers describe what a good dog trainer or behaviourist is. Now, if I was …

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