Have a puppy and don't know what to teach him first? What your dog learns first, he learns best. The first few behaviours he learns are going to have the longest and strongest reinforcement history in his mind, and will probably be the first behaviours that he offers to get your attention. Make them count. Here are some behaviours that will be key enablers for his lifelong learning.
In dog training, the application of dominance theory in Aversive-Based methodologies suppresses unwanted behaviours instead of correcting them. Recent developments and successes in Reinforcement-Based methodologies (Scientific Training or Positive Reinforcement Training) are showing that better and more enduring results could be achieved in less time. Punishment isn't the only tool in dog training, there are more effective, quicker, more humane techniques, based on the appropriate control of resources, use of good communication interaction patterns and positive techniques in dog training.
Dominance Theory has been used to describe and explain dog behaviour for many years, but a lot of dog professionals have started to question its validity and usefulness when applied to domestic dogs. When we take a closer look at the history and logic behind Dominance Theory, it just doesn’t hold up. Read on to find out why.
For many years, describing dogs as “alpha” and “dominant” have been a big part of dog training culture. Dogs that are difficult to handle or that don’t get along with other dogs or people are labeled with one or both of those adjectives as a way to explain their misbehaviour. Have you ever wondered what those terms came from and what they really mean in relation to dog training?
Finding yourself frequently in situations where you'd like your dog out of the way for his safety? Or you have an easily excitable dog? The "Go to the Mat" command be used to teach him how to settle and relax, regardless of what is happening around him. Find out more here!
“What do I say to get my dog to _____________?” Most dog trainers hear this question a lot. This is a question even the professional dog trainers don't have any answers to. Simply because it doesn’t work that way. There are no magic words in dog training. Saying a specific word to your dog (before going through training with him) will have no more of an effect on your dog than a pinch of pixie dust.
Training your dog to "drop" means teaching your dog to let go of whatever is in his mouth on command. "Drop" is another important skill teach your dog. It can protect him when he has something dangerous in his mouth, plus it allows you and your dog to safely play games like tug-of-war. Find out the best way to teach "Drop" here.
Dog training is a continual process that goes on even outside classes, leveraging on the different conditions outside the classroom environment to reinforce and generalise the cues our dogs pick up during his classes. However for many in Singapore, it’s just not a realistic expectation due to work commitments. That doesn’t mean that you can’t make progress in training your dog in just a few minutes each day. Here are 10 ways that you can work on improving your dog’s manners without making any major changes to your daily routine!
For a lot of people, a dog that is able to behave and remain focused on his owner while off of the leash is the epitome of a well-trained dog. Your dog having the appropriate off-leash skills allows you to engage in a wider range of more exciting activities than you can with a dog that doesn’t have those skills. For example, you can take your dog to play fetch at the park or hike off leash in appropriate areas or go for a swim at the beach. Being able to engage in those activities takes a lot of work, but it is well worth it. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started!
Most pet owners spend the majority of their training time working on basic manners like Come when Called, Stay, and Loose Leash Walking. Without a doubt, those are important cues and concepts for your dog to understand and be able to perform reliably. However, there is another type of training that deserves just as much attention: tricks! Read on to find out the endless benefits to adding a few tricks to your dog’s repertoire of behaviours.
It can be difficult to get along with neighbours if you have a dog that barks too much. Excessive barking is a behavioural issue that needs to be addressed for everyone’s well-being. The first step towards working on this issue is to identify why your dog is barking. Dogs bark for a lot of different reasons and your training plan will need to be designed so that you’re addressing the correct source of the problem. Read on to find out how.
Most dogs were bred to do something, be it herding livestock, hunting and retrieving games, guarding the property, or exterminating vermin. But too often while we (the owners) are out and about working, our canine friends are left at home for long periods of time on their own. The long periods of being left on their own and their desire to do something, is the perfect recipe for a disastrous dog. Like many of us agree, "busy pets are happy pets", and there may be more we need to do to keep our dogs mentally busy. Read more here on some of the signs our dogs require more mental stimulation.
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