Today we'll be taking a look at some great reasons to train your dog or puppy. Sometimes training can seem like a bit of a big deal. It shouldn't be that way, but let's face it, training takes time and we all lead busy lives. It can help to motivate us if we break training down into little steps and focus on the benefits of dog training rather than on the effort involved. Here are 12 … [Read more...] about 12 Great Reasons To Train Your Dog
Are you wondering how positive dog training works? You’ve all seen dogs competing in talent shows and carrying out complex routines, such as dogs in films, acting out a part, doing things no dog would do naturally guide dogs leading their owners, knowing when to stop, when to move sniffer dogs hunting out drugs dogs for the disabled unloading washing machines, or watched … [Read more...] about How Positive Dog Training Works
When you are training your puppy, it pays to have some great equipment. Some puppy training aids can be made at home or improvised. And there is a growing range of equipment available online for those that are short of time. Although there are very few essential tools for effective dog training, there are a wealth of items which can be extraordinarily helpful, and fun to use. Puppy training … [Read more...] about Puppy Training Aids
Behavior chains are important in dog training. There are times when you need to avoid behavior chains, and times when behavior chains are very useful. What Is A Behavior Chain? Dog trainers refer to each action a dog makes as a "behavior." It sounds a bit "science-y," but there isn't really another quick way to describe it. So when your dog sits in front of you, that's one … [Read more...] about Behavior Chains And How To Use Them For Training
This article is part of our ‘language of behavior’ series. This is where we look at some of the terminology involved in dog training, work out what is useful, and try to make sense of it all You’ll most likely hear dog trainers talk about latency as something to get rid of or decrease. That’s because latency is the gap between you delivering a ‘cue’ and your dog's response. Getting a … [Read more...] about Latency In Dog Training
A dog with a good solid 'stay' is impressive. He sits or lies like a rock and doesn’t move. But how do you actually teach a dog to stay? Even when his handler walks away and leaves him for a while. Training a reliable stay isn’t as hard as you might think. And this article is all about setting out the principles which will help you achieve a really good ‘stay’ with your dog. Let’s begin … [Read more...] about How to Teach a Dog to Stay
Are you asking yourself, why should you teach your dog to fetch? While 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 moving. Some dogs love to pick up and carry the ball but have no interest in sharing it with their owners. A polished retrieve, where … [Read more...] about Why Should You Teach Your Dog To Fetch
From time to time in my training articles, I mention treat streaming in dog training. In this article I want to explain exactly what I mean by that. What Is Treat Streaming? "Treat streaming" is a term I use to describe the rapid delivery of treats when establishing a new skill with your dog. Treat streaming means giving a dog a treat, then immediately giving him another, then another, then … [Read more...] about Treat Streaming In Dog Training – When And How To Do It!
This article is for anyone who wants to work with a clicker, with a dog that has not previously been introduced to clicker training. The clicker is the world's most effective and popular event marker. It can seriously enhance your dog training skills. But before you can use yours, you are going to need to charge it up. When you first purchase your clicker, the sound it makes is … [Read more...] about How To Charge A Clicker – Getting Started With Positive Reinforcement
Are you bribing your dog, and how can you tell? Well, 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 experience for any dog owner, and one that is often mistakenly assumed by traditional trainers to be the result of training without … [Read more...] about Are You Bribing Your Dog When You Train Him With Treats?