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Punishment, the evil word in dog training

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I am becoming very bored with the statement, " we don't need to use violence to train a dog " The po...
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Dealing with aggression

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Dog owners need to stop listening to all the rubbish. Behaviours need consequences, and especially f...
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We all want to avoid discomfort

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Consistency is the biggest hurdle for most dog owners when it comes to being successful at training ...
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The good dog bad dog that isn't, and what the future holds

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KISS I am one that believes in keeping things simple, and easy to understand. Dog training and behav...
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Dog trainers selling snake oil - part 2

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My previous article titled " Dog trainers selling snake oil " had me thinking a lot about other area...
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Dog trainers selling snake oil

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Your dog is not a robot! Reliable does not mean guaranteed!   No matter what you are training y...
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Road rage, not just a human condition

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Anxiety paired with frustration are the major triggers for leash aggressive dogs. If you have a reac...
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
When we get a new puppy, we should never wait until unwanted behaviours such as jumping or overly ex...
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Enforced Discipline

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If you don't subscribe to the theory that behaviours should have predictable consequences (especiall...
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To truly help a dog, don't become attached to a tool or method

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Whenever I go into a client's home, I never go in with a preconceived notion that I am going to use ...
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Latest Posts

21 July 2019
Understanding how our emotional energy paired with body language influences our relationship with our dog (and its environment), is probably the most important concept to be aware of in regards to raising an emotionally stable dog, and to ensure a ha...
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08 July 2019
So many dog owners view when their dog assertively invades their personal space demanding their undivided attention, and even mouthing and biting as cute, or even their dog expressing love for them. Would you accept this type of behaviour from anothe...
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09 June 2019
I had a conversation with a dog owner that raised her dog by purely positive methods. During that conversation we discussed ways to stop unwanted or dangerous behaviours. I suggested to her, that unless a dog has a reason to avoid a behaviour, then t...
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29 May 2019
It astounds me how many videos are now on social media (literally 10's of thousands), showing dogs being trained with tools such as ecollars and prong collars. dogs enjoying their training dogs not abuseddogs not working out of feardogs not shutting ...
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26 May 2019
This is a great example of why when a mother raises her pups, the pups, as they mature, do not suffer from overly anxious and hyper-aroused behaviour, as when they are raised with humans. See how the mother calms her pups; she will not reward and the...
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06 May 2019
A person that informs you that a particular tool is abusive, and yet hasn't even bothered to educate them self or learnt how to use it correctly, must be refusing to personally validate their own views with practical experience because the emotional ...
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05 May 2019
Standard tools like halters, no-pull harnesses, slip collars, correction chains, prong collars, all use physical pressure/force to apply negative reinforcement and positive punishment. An ecollar on the other hand applies NO physical force on the dog...
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03 May 2019
RSPCA are one the biggest killers of dogs with behavioural issues, not only in Australia, but every country they operate in. You only have to look up their statistics. A society that is supposed to be an advocate for animals and have sworn to protect...
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