The benefits of a well-trained dog are not something to be barked at. Clear communication is paramount to fostering a happy, healthy, anxiety-free pooch as they are easily able to understand what you’re asking of them and thus, they know the response that they need to give in order to get the love and attention they desire.
In our previous article, we looked at the progression over the last 30 years of dog training philosophies, and specifically, the move towards a positive reinforcement training method over those previous beliefs that dogs had to be “broken” in order to be trained.
So now that we understand that positive reinforcement training is ultimately about rewarding those good behaviours and ignoring the not so good, let’s have a look at how to get off on the right paw with training your dog using this method.
The Golden Rules for positive reinforcement training:
1. Choose your training environment wisely - Always opt for a quiet area away from distractions when you’re finding the...
Training your dog is one of the most important responsibilities that you have as a dog owner. Not only, if done correctly, does it lead to a well behaved K9 companion that is good mannered and keeps themselves of mischief, but it also fosters respectful exchanges between you and your dog, enabling open lines of communication that help to create a positive relationship of trust, confidence and reverence. Let’s face it, a well behaved pooch also makes your life, and the lives of everyone around them, just a whole lot easier; incessant leash pulling, chasing cars, or hovering around the dinner table can not only be frustrating and tedious, but some of these actions can also be dangerous and unsafe – chasing car tyres doesn’t always end nicely.
Over the last 30 years there has been a strong move away from old, punishing forms of training techniques to more of a positive reinforcement framework. Milo Pearsall, writer of a number of published books on dog training and obedience such as “Your...
Is your dog looking a bit round around the tum? Does a 20 minute walk take twice as long as it used to? Or maybe it’s you who could be doing with a little reshaping? If so, it’s time for you two to get properly moving.
There’s lots of way you and your dog can exercise as a team of two. Not only are you guaranteed to have fun, be fitter and leaner, but you’ll both also have more energy. What’s not to like? So what are the sports you can do as a twosome? Well, take a look at the following:
A sport for all dog breeds, Cani-cross is running with your dog harnessed to you. He or she goes in pole position (ie at the front) and you shout commands from the rear. There’s a whole dictionary of commands specifically for the sport. Not only is your dog getting exercise, but also using her or her brain at the same time. Just as you would with jogging, start off with small distances then increase as you both start to feel stronger.
Equipment: a dog harness, long bungee-type lead and waist hip...
It's said that all dogs are descended from the wolf. I know, hard to believe with the Dachshund, right? We've had a 7000 year-old best friendship with dogs and learned to take the rough with the smooth (and the wire-haired!).
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The best part about having a pet dog
- An easy friend to get presents for: a squeaky toy, an old bone, or the ball that's been stuck in the drawer for two months.
- Some to blame for unexpected wind. "Ooh, bad doggie..."
- A portable, 24-hour waste disposal unit - recycling on the go.
- A loyal friend who never reveals your secrets, including the Sunday '
walk' to the pub for an hour.
- They'll keep you fit - chasing after them.
- No more cat poos in the garden.
- Always pleased to see you no matter how indifferent, irate or drunk you are.
The worst part about having a pet dog
- What goes in must come out, usually in front of strangers when the last poo bag is ripped.
- Doors and furniture, unlike the backs of ears, do not need to be scrat...