Mark's Dog Blog

My response to Vet Behaviourist Dr Kersti Seksel

This is an article written by Dr Kersti Seksel on news.com.au . My response to her major points are ...
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The emotional dog trainer, and drawn out methodology

Training or modifying simple behaviours has become too complicated and drawn out due to the fact tha...
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Mother nature knows best

Did you know that anxiety in dogs is the major reason behind so many behavioural issues, such as; ob...
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Start teaching your dog to say NO!

It's not OK for dog owners to say NO to their dog, but now its ok for a dog to say no to its owner! ...
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Respecting personal space, and dominance the evil word

When we were young children, our parents taught us to respect their and other people's personal spac...
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My views on Victoria Stilwells latest blog

I don't follow Victoria Stilwell, as in my opinion she has done a lot of harm to the dog training fr...
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The most important value any dog trainer should hold on to is integrity.

As professional dog trainers and behaviour specialists, it is always important to be open, upfront, ...
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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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Dog Behaviour Specialist or Vet Behaviourist? You decide.

Many people ask me what the difference is between a dog behaviour specialist like me, and a Vet Beha...
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Emotive rhetoric and its influences on the dog owning public

Over the past 16 years or so, 2 words have had their meanings totally changed within the dog trainin...
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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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