Dog training is not as difficult as you may think.
Now there’s a bold statement for you!
In fact it is certainly possible for ANY dog owner to train their dogs themselves provided they put in the time and effort to do so.
Below I’ve listed some principles to follow that will help you.
Consistency is very important during training, always use the same command for a specific behaviour that you would like to teach your dog. Using different commands will confuse them and are unlikely to give you the results you are looking for.
Getting your dog’s attention is one of the most important things you can do to in order to get the type of dog behaviour that you would like. And if, once you’ve got it, you can keep that attention, then you’re really going to make some fast progress.
Keeping your dog’s attention is not only essential in competition work but also invaluable in everyday life too.
Okay, so we’ve established the advantages, now we need to look at how to achieve this goal. It isn’t necessarily going to be easy to keep your dog’s attention at first, and some personality types are more difficult than others but here are some tips on how to accomplish this with most dogs.
A lot of puppies and dogs love to dig, it’s in their blood and is quite often their favourite pastime! This is especially true for the sporting, terrier and Nordic breeds.
I know this only too well having 2 terriers myself! In the early days there were lots of holes in our garden and although I didn’t want to stop them from doing what was natural for them to do, I didn’t want a garden that looked like an assault course!
I realized that the answer was to teach them to dig in an area that was safe for them to do so and a place that we were happy with too.
I’m delighted to say that I found a win-win solution where everyone was happy, so if you have a problem with your puppy or dog digging up your garden this is what I suggest you do…
Did you know that ear infections are said to be the main reason that people take their dog or cat to a vet, other than with life threatening illnesses?
And did you also know that on many occasions these infections could be treated naturally without reoccurring incidences?
Now I know that giving you tips and advice on how to do this naturally is not going to make me very popular with some vets, but I realized a long time ago that not everyone always likes what I say (it certainly would be a boring world if we were all the same) and it’s impossible to please everyone.
To be honest I no longer try!
So fasten your seat belts, because here we go…
Today I’d like to tell you about a natural remedy that I’ve been giving to ‘the boys’ (my 2 Parson Terriers) for years that has helped keep them in tip top condition.
I also recommended this natural remedy to my human clients when I had a complementary therapy practice and they had amazing results too.
This is something that has powerful healing properties, is cheap to buy and something you may already have in your home…
So what it is, you may ask!
Are you the type of person who loves dogs? Do you like interacting with dogs as much as possible? If so, have you ever dreamt of becoming a dog trainer and being able to help many other people with their dog dilemmas?
With the horrific dog attacks we read about so often in the press, the number of dog bites increasing every year and so many owners feeling frustrated and at their wits end with their dogs’ unwanted behaviour, there is definitely a need for more professional dog trainers.
Learning how to communicate to a dog in their language and being able to understand what their canine needs and expectations are really is the best gift anyone can give to their dog. It is also a recipe for a happy and well balanced dog and owner too.
Getting a puppy or dog, in almost all instances, means that you’ll need to dedicate time to do the required training in order to have a well behaved and balanced dog.
Training to either remove unwanted behaviours or teach new behaviour is essential and a well trained dog will feel much more secure in your home when they know their boundaries. Even in the wild, a dog will have some sort of enforced boundaries of behaviour by the pack structure and hierarchy that exists. At the end of the day, your dog is part of your ‘pack’.
A very important point to note about dog training is that any form of training should be approached from the perspective of ‘positive reinforcement’.
Unwanted dog behaviour is not only stressful for the owner (and dog) but is embarrassing and frustrating too. So many dog owners are simply not enjoying their relationship with man’s best friend due to their dog’s behaviour.
The answer is to see the world through the eyes of a dog and understand what THEIR needs and expectations are.
Dogs do not misbehave because they’re spiteful, or are out to annoy or anger you. They often don’t understand the world they find themselves to be in and are doing the best that they know how in the circumstances.
If your dog demonstrates unwanted behaviour here are some things to consider…
With Bonfire night fast approaching it is a nightmare time of year for so many dog owners. Of course the main problem is that the 5th of November is just the start of the firework season and a lot of displays start before the 5th and continue long into the New Year.
So what should people do? How should dog owners behave in order to turn a stressed dog into a calm and happy dog? In most cases it’s the complete opposite of what they are currently doing!
Whether it’s a small dog or a large breed dog you are looking to rescue there are some vital things to consider FIRST in order to prevent the experience ending in tears and you having to return the dog to the rescue centre.
Rescuing a dog is more than just providing a home for a dog, there are points to consider FIRST so you and the dog are a ‘good match’.
Watch this video to find out more…