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If I was ever held at gunpoint and ordered to give one piece of dog training advice to fix an unknown dog’s unknown behaviour problem, I know exactly what I would say. No matter why I have been called in to see a dog, I always end up giving this piece of advice, because it solves such a wide variety of behaviour problems. Want to know what it is? Reward Eye Contact Just give your dog treats, praise, pats, and … Continue reading “Change Your Dog’s Behaviour With This One Simple Step”
People are always trying to make their dog be good. They drag the leash this way and that, choke the dog, pick up the dog, physically force it to do what they want while insisting “sit sit sit sit SIT!”. But it keeps on trying to misbehave. Unless something changes, they will live in a constant state of war. Don’t fight your dog. Don’t try to force your dog to do your bidding, because it will just make the dog … Continue reading “Accepting And Guiding Your Dog’s Choices”
It’s Canada Day, and at 10 o’clock tonight every city is going to be setting off fireworks. How well does your dog handle them? Some dogs pay no attention at all, others bark, and others are terrified. The good news is that some treats and some patience can help teach your dog how to handle fireworks. Yappy Dog: If your dog barks annoyingly every time a firework goes off, it’s time to train her out of that! Step 1: Gather … Continue reading “Dealing With Fireworks”
I love to meet a stubborn dog. Too many people think that “stubborn” is a negative trait in a dog, and it certainly can be, especially if you employ traditional training methods that pit you and your dog into a battle of wills against each other. If you tell your Shiba Inu, “get in here, or else!” you can guarantee the dog will be asking “or else… what?” However, when harnessed correctly, stubbornness is a fantastic trait, because it makes … Continue reading “Why Training A Stubborn Dog Is Easy”
Are You Hooked On Treats? When we come to your home and say that we want to teach your dog to sit, lie down, stay, and heel (as well as play dead, close your cupboard doors, ring a bell to go outside, spin in a circle, fetch your keys, jump over your leg and so on…), the first thing we will do is ask you to bring out the high value treats. Many owners are reluctant to give their dogs … Continue reading “You Don’t Need Treats Forever: How To Give Your Dog A Gambling Problem”
Is Your Dog Fighting For Dominance? Perhaps one of the most commonly touted tenets of dog training is “be the leader”. Whether the family dog is jumping up, growling, biting, or tugging at the leash, owners are advised by professionals and dog hobbyists alike to “lead the pack”. It sounds good, and it’s an easy line for lay people to take – “Oh, your dog is misbehaving? You need to be the pack leader and be more dominant.” Advice for … Continue reading “Deconstructing Dominance: The Science Behind Wag The Dog”
Along with more exercise, one of the most common blanket-solutions for various dog behavior problems is Obedience Training, and many of our clients wonder “why?” After all, if we’ve been called in to see a dog who is terrified of trucks, why are we talking about down-stays and sit-stays? Isn’t that like going to see a doctor for a sore ankle and being told you need to massage your left arm? First, let me say that obedience training is not … Continue reading “Controlling Your Dog’s Fear”
We see dogs with a variety of behavior problems: Anxiety Aggression Barking Destructive Behavior and many more. All of these problems require different approaches, and every dog requires his or her own unique set of steps to achieve a solution. But there is one thing that almost all of our cases have in common: Exercise. Many of the dogs we see are under exercised. Others dogs get a lot of one kind of exercise but not enough of another. One … Continue reading “Solve Your Dog’s Behavior Problem With One Easy Step”
More and more families are waiting to have children, and often their dog is considered to be their furry first-born. When a baby comes into the picture, the family dog often finds himself shunted to one side. Walks are curtailed and the family’s attention is eaten up by a wailing, squirming little creature who looks nothing like a normal human being. Some dogs adjust easily, and some adjust with difficulty.