If you are going to train with food, you'll need containers to put it in. So what does the perfect treat pot look like? And what does it have inside it? Today’s pick of the dog training secrets … [Read more...] about Dog training secrets: the perfect treat pot
From time to time people ask me how to cope with a dog that is displaying unwanted behaviours in a situation where the dog is completely unsupervised. One example is the dog that is left alone … [Read more...] about Supervising dogs: management v training
Does your dog ignore you when you leave your treats at home? Has he figured out that when you don’t have cheese, there is no point in coming back to your whistle? This is a very frustrating … [Read more...] about Are you bribing your dog?
People often get confused about the concept of 'fading rewards' used in dog training, so it is worth looking at this in some detail. When we begin teaching a new skill, we reward the dog each and … [Read more...] about Fading rewards in dog training
Did your dog get lazy about his ‘sits’? Did your dog's recall die? It is very easy to let your dog’s skills become ‘extinct’ But extinction in dog training has nothing to do with dinosaurs, and … [Read more...] about Extinction! Don’t let your dog training die!
I have been thinking about a belief I have heard expressed a number of times recently. The idea that clicker training is too mechanical or unemotional. And that this somehow makes it an inferior, … [Read more...] about Is clicker training too mechanical?
Traditional dog training techniques were quite different to the modern methods that most of us are now using. Modelling was a popular way of establishing new behaviours. It involves physically … [Read more...] about What is Modelling in Dog Training?
There is nothing intrinsically different about training a puppy, when compared with training an adult dog. A puppy may have a shorter attention span, but modern training is all about fun, not … [Read more...] about 7 books to help you train your puppy
A dog that races towards you when you whistle or call is a great joy. A dog that ignores you and does as he pleases, is no fun to take out and is a danger to himself. Recall is one of the two … [Read more...] about Why won’t my dog come when I call?
People often disagree as to whether or not we should use the word NO in dog training. We communicate with our dogs through signals. Some of these are visual signals, a raised hand, a swing of … [Read more...] about Dog training: using the word NO