Hi, I am Tenille Williams! I am the founder and trainer of Dog Matters, which I launched in early 2011. I’ve worked with literally hundreds of dogs and their owners to improve their manners and train out bad habits. I’m passionate about helping people to help their dogs and has even expanded to online training services helping people all over the world. I am sharing my dog training experiences and ideas through my blog.

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Work Your Dog’s Brain! Fun Mind Games For Your Dog

The Importance Of Mental Stimulation For Pets These days, everyone is busy. This means that many dogs spend a lot of time at home in the house or yard with not a lot to do. Yet at the same time, our dogs have often been bred to work and use their amazing brains to do...
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Resource Guarding In Dogs

Resource guarding in dogs - When your dog shows aggression over food or other possessions… Resource guarding in dogs is a very common behaviour. Why does it happen? Resource guarding is a natural trait for survival in the wild – if you don’t protect your food, someone...
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Shaping The Down With Emus Using Natural Bathing Behaviours

We want to teach the emus to lay down on cue. With dogs we usually lure them down to the ground with food. But it's a lot trickier to get the emus into position this way. Being in a vulnerable position, the emus would jump up and move away if people approached them...
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5  Things You Could Be Doing That Actually Make Your Dog Behave Worse!

1. Having a party when you get home. Do you leap on your dog like a 5 year old arriving to Disneyland each time you arrive home? This can actually create anxiety in your dog including separation anxiety. Not only that but it highly encourages jumping up and mouthing....
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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Has Your Dog Had A Rough Past

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Is Negative Reinforcement Negative?

Hey,here from Dog Matters and today we are going to talk about one of the four quadrants of operant conditioning. Negative reinforcement and is negative reinforcement actually a negative thing? So, if you have no idea what I'm talking about little these big dog...
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Training Multiple Dogs

Hi, it's Tenille here from Dog Matters, and I had a question come in about what to do if you've got multiple dogs to train but the dogs that aren't being trained feel like they're missing out, and they're crying or trying to come with you when you're taking the other...
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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...

Is Negative Reinforcement Negative?

Hey,here from Dog Matters and today we are going to talk about one of the four quadrants of operant conditioning. Negative reinforcement and is negative reinforcement actually a negative thing? So, if you have no idea what I'm talking about little these big dog...

Training Multiple Dogs

Hi, it's Tenille here from Dog Matters, and I had a question come in about what to do if you've got multiple dogs to train but the dogs that aren't being trained feel like they're missing out, and they're crying or trying to come with you when you're taking the other...

Which Words Should You Use For Your Commands

Hey, it's Tenielle here from Dog Matters and today we're going to talk about whether or not it is mean to tell our dogs what to do. Because a client asked me recently whether it was mean or cruel to be telling her dog what to do and making the dog do what we ask. So...

The Benefits Of Crate Training

Hi it's Tenille here from Dog Matters. And today we're gonna talk about crate training. Now many people see crates and think oh I don't want to put my dog in a cage so it would be really mean. But there's actually some really amazing benefits to crate training and...

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