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…
It’s such an AMAZING feeling watching your dog run freely off the lead, well, at least it is unless you are dreading that they will come back when you call!
Hopefully you’ve already read my previous post called:
Dog Recall Training – How To Get Them To Come Back When Off The Lead
If not do have a look at that as that’s part 1 and this is part 2…
To help the walk be a pleasurable experience for you here’s a video where I show you step-by-step of what to do in order to get your dog to listen and come back to you when off the lead:
So many people are frightened to let their dog off the lead whilst others do so and hope for the best!
Which is why this post is about ‘Dog Recall Training’.
It’s so wonderful to watch dogs running free when off the lead and it’s CRUCIAL they come back when called.
So many people say that their dog comes back when they want to or it ends in disaster. So often dog owners are left feeling embarrassed, angry and fearful of letting their dogs off.
How to get your dog to come back is NOT rocket science but so many dog owners miss this easy and VITAL step.
In this video I show you EXACTLY what to do…
I’m often asked this question about Dog Aggression…
‘When out with my dog what do I do when another dog, who’s off the lead, appears from nowhere and is aggressive, circles or follows me?’
Here’s what I suggest…
The best thing you can do in this situation is to RELAX and act as if NOTHING IS WRONG.
Today I’d like to talk about dog walking and what the walk really means to a dog…
The walk is an extremely important activity as it mentally stimulates your dog, it releases pent up energy and is good exercise. Additionally, it is a crucial time when dogs demonstrate their place in the pack.
When you take your dog out for a walk this is a time where you connect as a pack and install who is the leader and who is the follower. Many dog owners choose not to take their dogs out while others put their dogs in the car, drive to the park and let them off the lead straight away to prevent being pulled down the road. I understand the temptation as it is the easier option; the very thought of being pulled down the road, a possible dog attack and eventually arriving home feeling embarrassed, stressed and with a sore arm, it really is not an attractive prospect for anyone!
Looking after a puppy properly is essential to your puppy’s development and puppy walking is high up on the list.
‘How far should I walk my puppy?’ is a very common question that I’m asked.
This is what I say…