I was thinking about dog training techniques today as being like a “strategy” to get your dog to behave how you would like them to. Unfortunately this approach is very rarely successful, or the success is short lived. This is because strategy (more…)
Funnily enough this title is a bit of a red herring, because if we want to calm down a hyperactive dog, less is more. In fact it’s often human behaviour which keeps a dog in this hyperactive state. Let’s break this down and look at it in detail.
Why does a dog become hyperactive?
Many things can put a dog into a hyperactive state. To me, the most simple way of thinking about it is that when a (more…)
A common misunderstanding among dog owners is that their breed of dog has specific training needs. This belief is perpetuated by trainers, vets, books on the breed and breed forums, so it’s no wonder that so many people believe that their specific breed has specialist needs.
If you’re looking for Dog Trainers on Bark.com here’s something you would benefit from considering…
What are you actually looking for?
I get notifications from Bark.com every day along the lines that “Katie is looking for dog trainers in Basildon”. Bark then goes on to say what Katie (fictional person) is looking for, e.g. obedience, classes, 121, and tells me how much it has told Katie (more…)
It’s very easy for dogs to suffer with nervousness and fear when it comes to meeting people, and in particular I’ve helped a lot of dogs that are worse around men. Either shying away from them and giving men a wide berth, or barking and growling in a pre-emptive self defence.
Those I help who have a rescue dog often assume that this means the dog was poorly treated by a man in the past. However (more…)
This article is a bit of a departure from the norm for me when it comes to writing blog posts, as I usually focus on the nature of dogs and their behaviour. For those of you who read what I wrote in Understanding True Nature Part 1 – The true nature of dogs – that article was inspired by some clarity I’ve received on the fundamental nature of the human experience, so I wanted to write something (more…)
There is not a day that goes by when I don’t feel blessed that when I was fumbling in the dark for which route to take when it came to studying to be a Dog Behaviourist/Dog Trainer, I was lucky enough to stumble upon truth. The true nature of dogs.
I had read many books and contacted many colleges – all of whom were taking their sweet time to get back to me – but I was unsure which techniques (more…)
One of the common queries I get is whether owners NEED dog training, or whether it’s possible that their dog will just grow out of their behaviour. As always, the answer isn’t that straight forward. There are a few different things to think about before I’m able to give a response.
Is it just puppy behaviour?
There are certain behaviours that can be put down to puppy mischief. So in theory, a pup (more…)