Do you use markers in training? How many? Or are you reading this asking, “Tenille, what the heck is a marker?!”
In today’s quick video I explain three types of markers we use in training and what they mean to your dog. Why use markers? Clarity! It’s the best way to make it clearer to your dog what you want them to do.
Click here to watch the video and comment if you have any questions
Marker training is used in zoos, aquariums, circuses, training facilities and research centres around the world. And it’s no coincidence – it really does help with our communication with our animals (not just dogs!) immensely.
Woofs and wags
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Today I am sending you a quick video about why your dog might still be pulling on the lead, despite all the tips and tricks you’ve tried. You can watch it here on Facebook.
Thankfully, if you need more help with this, you can join the Frantic To Focused program and it will have you well and truly covered, even if your dog is pulling and lunging towards other dogs.
To summarise the main reasons dogs keep pulling, here are some quick tips:
Every time the dog moves forward with a tight leash, they feel like they have reached their goal of getting towards where they want to go. This is why the main rule of stopping leash pulling is to never follow the dog when the leash is tight (even from your house to the front door)
If your dog pulls you through the door/gate then why should they stop pulling on the walk? Work on this skill first and don’t leave the house until your dog is calm
Don’t worry about the destination, focus on the journey. When you try to keep your walk routine when your dog hasn’t been trained how to walk politely yet, you are caught in a vicious cycle of reinforcing pulling outside of training times. So use your walking time as training time and don’t worry about making it to a certain point. There might be less scenery to enjoy, but your dog is still getting both physical and mental exercise if you stay in your street for now.
Remember how your dog thinks and you’re half way there!
Woofs and wags
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Last week I had someone write in asking whether humanising her dogs too much could be the reason she is experiencing behaviour issues.
It got me thinking about the, “furkids,” trend and asking the question – is there really any harm in treating dogs like children? So that’s how I started writing today’s highlighted blog.
And wow, I actually had more trouble than I thought putting my thoughts into words for this one!
Here’s the article with my thoughts on treating dogs like kids – when it’s not okay and when it actually is.
If you like this topic, you might also appreciate the video I did about treating small dogs the same as larger dogs – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff72Fh8rs8A
How to get started with training? Try out the free Academy area. You can sign up free and get some sample videos. I suggest this lesson on place training as a great starting point for any dog that needs to learn some manners in and out of the home – access the lesson here.
If you’ve ever met a dog that growls over food or other items, you should check out my article. Read the blog post here.
As with many dog issues, one of the most common obstacles I see get in the way of success is rushing the training – the handler wanting to reach the end goal too quickly for the pace of the dog.
Are you familiar with goal setting personally?
They say to break your goals down into small manageable pieces. The same is true with our dogs and our goals for them and their behaviours. Break it down into little achievable pieces and you’ll be amazed how quickly it adds up when you look back on it and see how much progress you’ve made.
Don’t cause yourself unneeded frustration by beating yourself up if you, “fail.”
If you do perceive a failure, see what you can learn from it rather than feeling down about it. Turn it into a lesson!
Until next time, wishing you lots of tail wags and happy cuddles
PS If you need other training help with your dog, check out the free section in the Dog Matters Academy here.
People are spoiling their dogs more than ever. Yet anxiety in dogs is becoming more and more common.
How could this be?
We often have the best intentions when giving our dog freedoms around the house such as freedom to go anywhere on the property whenever they like. But dogs like to be able to predict what is going to happen next. If a dog has no structure, no rules and no training, and too much freedom, this creates anxiety.
Many dog owners pity their anxious dogs and therefore don’t want to put any sort of pressure on them at all, so they don’t tell them what to do. But giving your dog a job can actually decrease anxiety and make your dog happier.
When they know what the rules are and how the household works, they feel more at ease because they can more easily predict what’s going to happen next.
Remember, anxiety comes from not knowing what the outcome is going to be. Think about, when was the last time you were anxious? Did it relate to something where you didn’t know what was going to happen and felt that all or part of it was out of your control?
Let’s consider place training. Putting the dog on their place and teaching them that they have to stay there until their told removes the options of anxiety building behaviours like pacing, barking at the windows at anyone who goes by, reacting, bolting and more. Once the dog accepts that they must stay there, they calm down. Then we can reward the calm.
I really can’t express just how valuable this skill is. I had a client a while back and he had a cattle dog that was so highly strung and was practicing some behaviours that could quickly turn into OCD and escalate.
I ran into this client at dinner recently and he was so happy, raving about how useful the place training had become in their life. If his dog starts to get to wound up, she goes to place, lays down and just calms.
If you want to learn more about managing your dog’s anxiety and decreasing it through place training and other handy training, you know what to do – join Frantic To Focused.
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