Mark's Dog Blog

Dog trainers selling snake oil - part 2

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

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

Anxiety paired with frustration are the major triggers for leash aggressive dogs. If you have a reac...
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Dealing with aggression

Dog owners need to stop listening to all the rubbish. Behaviours need consequences, and especially f...
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Enforced Discipline

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

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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The lie about science-based training methods, and pushing half the science

When a dog trainer advertises them self as a rewards based trainer, what they are indicating is that...
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Emotive ideology, and its possible link to inappropriate punishment

It shouldn't, but it still astounds me how many homes I go into whereby the family were brainwashed ...
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5 pointers for a calm well-balanced puppy

This is by no means is an exhaustive list on how to raise your puppy. The pointers below are ones th...
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What does the future hold for dog ownership?

Where is society heading, and what does the future hold in regards to our relationship with the dome...
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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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