There are a lot of words in dog training these days. Long words Behaviour adjustment training, counter-conditioning, reactivity, positive-reinforcement and negative-punishment. To name but a … [Read more...] about The language of dog training: is it getting too complicated?
Whilst many dogs are happy to chase a stick or ball, not all dogs are natural retrievers. Some won’t chase a ball at all. Whilst others will chase but lose interest once the ball stops … [Read more...] about Why you should teach your dog to fetch
I regularly receive questions about dog training techniques and methods. Both in the comments on my websites, and in the emails that readers send to me. Some are short questions with simple … [Read more...] about Totally Dog Training FAQ
It is all too easy to become embroiled in a battle of wills with a dog With you determined to teach your dog NOT to do this or that. And your dog determined not to get caught and punished. If … [Read more...] about Training tips: 6 ways to set your dog up to win
Many of us think of dog training as something we do in a class, in the local village hall. Or as something that is confined to designated periods of time at home, or in the garden. And indeed, … [Read more...] about Opportunistic dog training
Are you 'persistent' by nature? If not, this may be something you need to work on. Just like humans, dogs learn by the consequences of their behaviour. And just like many humans, dogs are … [Read more...] about Why you need to be persistent in order to train your dog
This stage is in training is about making sure that what you have taught your dog does not fall apart in the real world. Dog training is a journey, rather than a single event. Every single skill … [Read more...] about Stage Four in Dog Training
Capturing is a simple and useful technique. Let’s say you are observing your dog. He is wandering around the kitchen looking for spilled food and other interesting smells. After a while, he … [Read more...] about Dog training: What is capturing?
When you first start training with food, your dog may be very focused on the food itself. Even though you have taught him not to snatch and grab at the food, he may be giving those treats in your … [Read more...] about Working with food 2: giving you attention
Many dogs get quite overexcited around food. Especially if they have not been trained with food before. Some of them will try to snatch and grab any food that is in your hand. Or engage in a … [Read more...] about Working with food 1: giving you space