Treating Dogs As Furry Humans – What’s The Harm?

I recently had a question sent in from a subscriber who had been told by another trainer that she humanised her dogs too much and it was causing issues with jealousy and fighting. She asked, could...

Can You Trust Your Dog With Chickens?

When I was a kid we lived on 5 acres and to my delight it was somewhat a mini farm. We had horses, chickens, 3 small dogs, pet birds and reptiles. At various times we even did some wildlife caring...

Dog Training Online: Does It Work?

It makes sense that you can learn dog training online - you can learn just about anything online these days! When I wanted to learn guitar, I learned online. It was way more flexible and convenient...

How To Stop Nervous Peeing In Puppies Or Dogs

Have you ever had a nervous wee? No judgement here, it happens. It's probably easier to talk about our dog's doing it though. I recently had a question to the inbox from Ally about her young pup of...

Is Your Dog A Fussy Eater?

For most people, their dogs seem like they’re always ready to eat - anything, anytime. If it’s food, the dog wants it. But for others, they are constantly trying to convince their dog to...

Dog Matters Blog

Tips, advices and balanced trainings for dog owners.

Visiting Soi Dog

If you've never heard of the Soi Dog Foundation, prepare to be amazed. Several years ago I saw a documentary about this organisation and the great work they do, and I knew that if I were ever near them, I would have to visit. Well, Jamie and I just had a trip to...

What Emu Training Taught Me About Dogs, and Life

Emus are different to dogs. Dogs are different to each other, all individuals. Yet there are so many things between all creatures that are the same. So in some ways, we can learn a lesson for our dogs from a totally different species. And not just for dog training,...

Marker Training Explained

Hey, it's Tenille here from Dog Matters, and over the next couple of weeks I thought we could do some fun stuff and teach you how to teach your dog some tricks. Now there are benefits to tricks that we'll get into later, like improving your bond and improving the way...

Negative Punishment

Hey, it's Tenille here from dog matters and today we're continuing on with the four quadrants of operant conditioning for training and we're on the last one now which is negative punishment. So just like all the rest, the word negative doesn't meant this is the bad...

What Is Positive Punishment?

Hey, it's Tenille here from Dog Matters, and today we're talking about another quadrant of operant conditioning. And we're talking about the most controversial one, positive punishment. Please don't attack me, or I'll use my dogs as a shield. Now remember, when we say...

What Is Positive Reinforcement?

Hey it's Tenille here from dog matters and today we're gonna talk about positive reinforcement. Now the other week we did a video about negative reinforcement and I thought I'd go through and do all four quadrants of operant conditioning. Now what that means is all...

Improving Your Dog’s Recall

How to improve your dog's recall? There’s a few rules to always keep in mind when you’re doing your recall. First, is that the recall is always highly rewarding. So use your dog’s best reward. That could be something really valuable like a meaty treat, a toy, a ball,...