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The Dangers of Punishing Growling

The Dangers of Punishing Growling

The way that dog’s communicate with us can, at times, be complex, subtle and hard to interpret. One tool that dogs do have in their communication toolbox that is none of those things however is growling. Even the most un-doggy person knows that when a dog growls it is not happy and would really rather you stopped what you were doing before things escalate! Now, many people understand the basics of social learning theory – that is the way that…

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Muzzle Training 101

Muzzle Training 101

Muzzles are great! They are an incredibly useful and important tool used to keep dogs and people safe. Unfortunately there is a lot of negative stigma surrounding muzzles and dogs that wear them. The social negativity associated with muzzles can lead to people being reluctant to use them which can sometimes have awful and tragic consequences. When people see a dog with a muzzle they sometimes assume that it is a dangerous dog and that it must have a poor owner….

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Nosework – Train Your Dog to Track

Nosework – Train Your Dog to Track

Smell is a dog’s most powerful sense, in fact, the average dog’s sense of smell is one thousand times more sensitive than a human’s. Dogs love to sniff and discover new things with their noses. For years, humans have used the dog’s fantastic sense of smell in order to help us in a variety of ways. Dogs are used to track down missing people, find drugs and bombs, some dogs are even being trained to sniff out cancer! Tracking training is not just…

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Training Impulse Control in Dogs

Training Impulse Control in Dogs

All animals are impulsive by nature, they see something they want and they act to obtain it immediately. Children learn to control their impulses as they learn what is, and is not, appropriate from their parents and society in general. Dogs are no different. If they are not shown and taught what is appropriate and to control their impulses then this can lead to rude dogs getting themselves into trouble. Many people find themselves struggling when their puppy reaches adolescence,…

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Clicker Training Your Dog

Clicker Training Your Dog

Clickers are a simple, yet fantastic tool to aid dog training. Clickers are small plastic tools which fit snuggly into the palm of your hand and contain a thin piece of metal which, when pushed, makes a clicking sound. Clicker training is a relatively new technique in the world of mainstream dog training but it is a tool I would recommend to every dog owner.   What Does the Clicker Do? A click from a clicker is an instant signal to…

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Dog Training – Where to Begin

Dog Training – Where to Begin

So you’ve got your new puppy or adopted a new dog  and you’re wondering “…what next?” How do you start the dog training process? Now not everyone will want to train their dog to jump through hoops but it’s highly recommended to teach your dog the basics, even if just for an easier, safer life! So where do you begin? 1. Find What Your Dog Will Work For Basically, what does your dog enjoy? What will they work for? Many…

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Dog Recall Training 101

Dog Recall Training 101

When out in local dog walking areas we’ve all seen dog owners desperately trying to get their dog to come back to them (I’m sure we’ve all seen the wonderful “Jesus Christ Fenton” video on YouTube), many of us will have even been there ourselves. Desperately calling your dog while it disappears off into the distance to terrorize some poor family trying to have a picnic while fellow dog walkers shake their heads and tut at you (while secretly thanking their…

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