Transform your dog with the basics

Transform your dog with the basics

So often trainers over-complicate things but really, so much of the gold results is in getting the foundations right.

When you’re facing a problem you would like to solve, ask, is there anything in the foundations that we haven’t kept up with? The answer is often there.

I think the most important foundations are:

– Come when called
– Have a communication system that is clear
– Place training and stay
– Focus. Because with focus, anything else becomes easier.

Do you have these foundations in place? What do you need to work on the most with your dog?

Woofs and wags

Tenille

PS If you’d like to work together to improve the relationship with your dog in the new year and beyond and teach them to really listen, you can sign up for the Dog Matters Academy for all my content. You can start free or take it to the next level with a cancel any time subscription.

Puppy season

Puppy season

It’s always puppy season here at Dog Matters!

If you know a someone who is getting a new puppy, or you are yourself and you would like to make sure you cover the important priorities so that your puppy develops into the best dog they can be, grab the Puppy Priorities short course here. 

In it I cover all the puppy-hood essentials like correct socialisation – why and how to do it safely, toilet and crate training, stopping puppy biting and mouthing, prevent chewing and destruction, getting your puppy used to the leash and more. You can register here

If you want to continue to train up your pup or adult dog, you can join the full Dog Matters Academy and train your dog from any stage to a dream dog.

Inside, you can start with the puppy program and progress to, “Oh, Behave!”

Oh Behave is the full manners and obedience course for dogs of all ages. Not only will you learn the classic obedience commands but also learn how dogs learn, manners training, useful skills around the home, leash skills, socialisation skills are even tricks. It’s training that’s fun for both you and your dog and you’ll come away not only with a well behaved dog who listens to you, but a better understanding and way to communicate with any dog you ever own.  Join here. 

Woofs and wags

Tenille
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Are you still struggling with leash pulling?

Are you still struggling with leash pulling?

Time and time again, I see people online trying to figure out the secret to stop their dog pulling on the leash.

They’ve tried gadgets and gizmos a plenty, as The Little Mermaid would say…

They’ve tried changing directions.
They’ve tried standing still.
They’ve tried luring with treats.

Why does their dog still pull?

Is this something you’re struggling with, ?

The thing is, it could be a combination of using tools that don’t offer the best help, using techniques incorrectly or guessing them, or poor timing.

While loose lead walking isn’t rocket science, there are a few things that need to be going right at once. And there’s definitely a few things that you need to stop doing – like following the dog a single inch when the lead has any tension in it at all. Do that, and you’re directly rewarding the pulling, making the behaviour stronger.

And while you might think, “easy for you to say,” I want you to know that my only advantage is being taught the right skills and practice. I used to struggling with achieving loose lead walking too!

If you want to learn the right combination of timing, tool and technique for your dog and stop leash pulling for good, you can start with the free section in the Dog Matters Academy….

….but if you want to address the whole picture of your dog’s pulling and other undesirable behaviour, I recommend taking my signature program,  Frantic To Focused ← you can either buy FTF as a once off or join the Academy premium and get access to this program and all my others for one low monthly payment. Get all the details here

It’s a program that enables you to have the joyful relationship with your dog that you know you’re meant to have. Plus if you’re in the premium Academy membership, I’ll be right by your side in the member’s only group to give you feedback and answer your questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Woofs and wags

Tenille

Markers

Markers

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

Tenille

PS If you want to learn more about marker training and how to apply it through different skills and challenges, you’ll want to get into the Dog Matters Academy. Start free or get stuck right into premium for one low monthly fee, cancel any time. See all the details here

Still having trouble with leash pulling?

Still having trouble with leash pulling?

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

Tenille

PS If you want more guidance with training your dog, check out the Dog Matters Academy here.

Ready to step it up? Choose the premium option and get all the training you could ever need plus access to our member’s only group and monthly live calls.

Who your dog needs?

Who your dog needs?

Do you want to know the psychology behind any dog behaviour so that you can use it to solve any problem behaviour your dog might come up with?

When it boils down to it, if a dog is performing a behaviour, they believe that there is something in it for them. (Kind of like us.)

They might not even be correct in their beliefs, but the belief is there all the same, affecting their behaviour (kind of like us…..)

So with that in mind, we can make the whole concept really simple for solving behaviour problems.

Read more in this article and see how you can apply this tweak to the way you live with your dog.

Tenille

PS If you’re ready to take your dog training to the next step, check out the Dog Matters Academy – you can even start with free video lessons to get you started – http://dogmattersacademy.com

Be prepared

The video I want to highlight for you today is all about how times are changing and how you can be prepared for the new dog training regulations that are spreading around the globe.

It may contain satire and a new invention (remember the Fixer?)

Click here to watch on Youtube – How You Can Be Prepared For New Dog Training Regulations – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQN1GxbAuDs&feature=youtu.be

Or you can share the Facebook version here – https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2180976858894385

Enjoy!

Woofs and wags

Tenille

PS If you want to grab some common sense dog training that really protects your dog you can start free with the Dog Matters Academy here.