Are You Reinforcing Your Dog Adequately?
If you are currently training your dog and only using one specific type of reinforcer, we would challenge you to expand your reinforcement options to include anything and everything else. The more reinforcers you have available to you, the better you can motivate your dog. The better you can motivate your dog, the happier they are and the more willing they are to work with you.
Are You Feeding Dinner or Dessert?
One of the biggest complaints pet parents have is that their dog is not food motivated and so training proves difficult. All dogs have food drive, it just depends if you are training with dinner or with dessert. If you want to build food drive, start improving your dog’s relationship with food.
Some Dogs Need More Clarity
Dogs require a clear understanding of how they can navigate through their world in order to remain safe. Clarity is achieved by providing clear communication, structure and by having consistency. Uncertainty contributes to developing stress and the more clarity we can provide to our dogs, the less stress they will have.
Doggie Day Care; The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.
Dog day cares are fast becoming one of the most popular services available to the busy pet parent. When most people think about a doggie day care, they think of a large area for dogs of all shapes and sizes to play, socialise, and be busy throughout the day under the supervision of trained dog professionals. That isn’t far from the truth, but let’s take a minute to get down to the nitty gritty of a doggie day care; the good the bad and the ugly.
"Because He Is A 'Rescue' Dog”
If we had a dollar for every time we heard someone describe their dog as a ‘rescue dog’, before listing the behaviours they are trying to work on, we would be millionaires. And whilst you may think that this is just a phrase pet parents use to describe where their dog came from, there is actually a whole lot more restriction to new learning that this phrase places on a dog.
The Essential Three Things Every Dog Needs Daily
There are three essential things that our dogs get every single day, which although busy minded, enables them to be relaxed when we need them to be
Is Crate Training a good thing to do?
Crate training is one of those things you are either all for it, or you are totally against it. Before you make a quick decision that crate training is not for you, consider what it could do for your dog and how instead of thinking it’s a cruel way to live with a dog, it could be in fact a useful tool.
Does your dog urinate in excitement?
It is not uncommon for young dogs and puppies to urinate in excitement when their pet parent comes home, or they meet someone new, or even when they come into contact with a new exciting dog. There are a few reasons a dog may urinate upon greeting someone and in most cases, it is something that they grow out of.
The Biting Puppy
Biting is a totally natural behaviour in puppies. Given they do not have opposable thumbs, young dogs spend a lot of time exploring their surroundings through their mouth. There is also the teething period around 4-6 months of age. During this time your puppy will have sensitive gums and show an increase in biting and chewing behaviour.