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Iain writes about topics to do with dog behaviour and training. Promoting non-aversive training methods and understanding of our dog's behaviour. His motto is "Live Together, Learn Together and have fun together". Happy reading!

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Our Dogs and the Coronavirus

Latest advice on COVID-19 Your Dogs and the Coronavirus   From our dogs point of view since the coronavirus outbreak. Suddenly their whole routine and world have changed. It is likely that: More people are staying at home. Their walking and going out routine has changed. There's an increased amount of stress at home.  ...
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How to Achieve Dog Training Success?

Setting up for successful dog training How do we achieve successful dog training sessions?   There are several aspects that all need to be taken into account when setting ourselves, our dogs and our training when considering how to achieve dog training success. With practice it becomes more natural and automatic but where and how...
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Building our dogs attention

Our dogs attention is the foundation for all training Building our dogs attention on us.   Building the focus and attention of our dogs is the foundation on which learning can take place. Without our dog’s attention, no teaching is likely to take place. They will be distracted on other things around them. I divide...
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Distracted dogs and attention

Training Tip: Distracted dogs and attention. One of the common questions I get asked is: How do I get my distracted dogs attention?   When we are training our distracted dogs to give attention and perform a new behaviour on cue, there are several basic principles to consider for an efficient and effective training program....
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Positive Reinforcement Training schedules for rewards.

Schedules for training with reinforcers What are the available reinforcement schedules for positive reinforcement training? The reinforcement schedules are Continuous Reinforcement Schedule (CRF) and intermittent reinforcement schedules. Which subdivide down to Fixed Ratio schedules (FR), Variable Ratio Schedules (VR), Fixed Interval Schedules (FI), Variable Interval Schedules (VI), Fixed Duration Schedules (FD) and Variable Duration Schedules (VD)....
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Difficulty level in dog training.

Elements of training series: The Three D's of difficulty. The three D’s of the difficulty level in dog training.   Duration, Distance and Distractions. When training our dogs we need to aware of the difficulty level and be setting them up to succeed, but how do we do this? Through understanding the dog's environment and...
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Efficient Dog Training

How to train our dogs effectively. The Rule of Five (not so much a rule but a very good system)   How to create efficient progress training with your dog. When training a behaviour with our dog’s we need a way of knowing when push our dog’s and when to make it easier for them....
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Our Dogs at Christmas

Dogs at Christmas Helping our dogs at Christmas Keeping our dogs safe at Christmas. The run-up to Christmas is a time of year for most when the household dynamics change. From our dogs point of view, humans are moving around a lot more with higher levels of stress and enthusiasm. The number of visitors entering the...
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The Dogs Environment

The Environment affects our dog's behaviours The dog's environment, it consists of what? There are many external and internal factors that all create a specific dog’s environment they are living within. It is safe to assume that some of the most influential of these would be the genetics of the breed, the hormonal balance of...

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