As a dog obedience trainer, these are the problems I most often see.
(There are others like eating flowers!)
In fact I would say my number one I hear the most…
…Owners being fed up with being dragged around at the end of the lead.
So I started up this website to cover some of the most common issues.
The first question I normally get is “Why should I listen to you?”.
I have owned dogs all my life. But when I met my wife. Dogs were a passion we both shared and over the last 30 years we have owned many dogs.
We have always trained our dogs from an early age in all basic commands. And many have gone on to become advance obedience and trick dogs.
I was lucky enough to be offered a chance to learn obedience training from an instructor who knew we take training seriously.
You could say over the last 8 years I have been “honing my skills”.
To be honest the issues covered on this website are standard problems we face week in week out with dog owners new and old.
And they are so easy to solve we get a lot of “Amazing!”, “Can’t believe it” type comments.
But really once you have the basics it just takes a little practice to get the problems solved.
How dogs learn…
I love dogs as much as the next person and to be honest I know they can be quite complex in many ways.
But when it comes to training dogs it is a lot more simple than people think and if you remember some basic things then it will be even easier.
- Dogs(Puppies) generally like to play
- Dogs (Puppies) ask the question “What’s in it for me”
- Dogs (Puppies) go for the most exciting thing.
- Dogs (Puppies) understand food and water are important.
- Dogs (Puppies) have different excitement levels
- Dogs (Puppies) put importance on different things.
I actually like to simplify this and ask these 3 questions.
What do you think is most important to your dog?
B. Toy play.
It’s quite interesting because I belong to a reward based training school. And people who come for the first time immediately think we mean it has to be treats (food).
But we don’t…
…The word reward can be “treats” or “toy play” and sometimes just a pat or cuddle.
The reason why treats are generally used because for most dogs food is important and they tend to work harder for it.
Give one of our collies the choice between food and a ball and she will take a ball every time.
The other collie will be at your side as soon as you even look at a treat bag.
How excitable or distracted is your dog?
1. Being…Not at all, pretty much sleeps all day
10. Being…Just doesn’t take any notice of me everything else seems more interesting.
(The dog pulls me from pillar to post in it’s search for fun.)
Most dogs are somewhere in between but I have to admit we get many clients who are on the upper 5 to 10.
What is your dog like with other dogs?
Socialising a dog from an early age is very important but this doesn’t necessarily mean your dog won’t develop aggression towards other dogs…
…It is just more unlikely.
Aggression is not covered in this website at the moment but it will be later but I do know…
…The worst thing you can do with aggression it to try and fight it…with aggression.
Play fighting can look like aggression in some people’s eyes.
We often get people saying their dogs are aggressive when in fact they just play “hard”.There are many forms of aggression from a dog.
From just being frustrated…To a dog that has been mistreated and doesn’t trust anything around them.
If you decide to seek out advice about aggression please avoid people who suggest any form of behavoial readjustment by using “Shock”or “Prong” collars, or fighting violence with violence.
I always say…if you wouldn’t use it on a child then you shouldn’t use it on a dog.
Most dogs fall into the category of…
…Like food…Are playful…But will listen to you.
You can use “toy play” with any of the methods used on this website.
If your dog is on the excitable side, then give it a good walk and maybe some play before introducing these methods.
But they will work.