Teaching Your Dog English (or other) As A Second Language
The Learning Process for Dogs
Everyone wants his or her new puppy to sit when asked or come running when called the first day the pup enters the home.
Think about this for a moment.
What language does your dog speak? English, French, Italian, Hebrew, Cantonese? The answer is, none of the above.
Changing Unwanted Behaviour. Practicing Touch For Greetings
I often come across people who get angry and frustrated with their dogs because, from their point of view, the dog is “being stubborn” or “not listening”. So I thought I would write this blog about how dogs learn.
No Behaviour IS Behaviour. What do I mean by that?
When looking to change unwanted behaviour, whether jumping on guests or barking at other dogs. taking steps to eliminate the opportunity to continue to practice those behaviours is an important part of the process.
Love The Dog You Have
Just because your dog is not displaying outward signs of discomfort such as growling, barking lunging, jumping, to name a few, does not mean he's handling the situation well.
Belly up! Hands up!
Before we bring a dog into our home most of us have an idea or picture of what life will be with our dog. Some get a small dog so it's easy to take along everywhere, others want to do therapy visits or scenting work or competitive sports or simply be able to do daily walks around the neighbourhood.
We don't always get the dog we expect.
Trigger Stacking. How Does It Affect Your Dog?
Belly up can be interpreted as I mean you no harm or to pacify you if you appear angry as well as indicating fear. Offering an unprotected belly is similar to showing your empty hands in the air. You are vulnerable. Nothing hidden.
Belly up with trusted family members is different from belly up with an unfamiliar person.
It's Never Okay To Abuse An Animal In The Name Of Training
One of the physiological changes that occurs when stressed is the body releases cortisol. This stress hormone shuts down any bodily functions which will interfere with the flight or fight survival response. Adrenaline increases and blood pressure increases to prepare for a fast response. The digestive system slows.
Should You Take Your Dog To The Dog Park?
It’s impossible for a dog trainer to go to a function and not get asked questions as soon as people discover what you do for a living.
As expected, this occurred at a function I was at not long ago.
As a dog trainer, I often get asked my opinion on bringing dogs to a dog park. Not all dogs are dog park material. Know your dog, know the dogs who frequent the park you go to. Just as with people, not all dogs get along; some are bullies, some are softer than others, some simply do not want to interact with other dogs.