Understanding Your Dog!

understanding your dog

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Tip 1: Catch your dog doing something right!

Awesome! Communicate with them, make sure they know when you like what they are doing and also when you aren’t so keen on their behaviour! If you like it, party on! If you aren’t so happy with what’s occurring then please try to let them know in a kind and fair way.

We love teaching the attention noise cue for times when our dog is doing something inappropriate. Once we have our dog’s attention, we then ask them to do something else instead and then reward them. Always look for opportunities to reinforce what you do want.

Tip 2: Get to know what makes your dog tick!

If you understand what your dog enjoys then you will have the key to your dog’s heart. You will be able to communicate more easily with him and you will find life much more fun together. Get a handle on reinforcement – it is really key!

Does your dog love; food, toys, games with you, chasing birds, swimming or generally being a dog and rolling in mud! Harness reinforcement and you will find the rest plain sailing!

Tip 3: Where did your dog come from?

Was he originally a hunting dog, a herding dog, a working type or a dog bred to look great in the show ring? What your dog inherits is not only looks but also characteristics and many of these are already established in his genetic make-up long before you ever met him. So find out what your dog is bred to do, make it your mission to understand him better and you will be able to enjoy him so much more!

Tip 4: Watch your dog in the house.

All great dogs need great rest time. Observe what they do and how they behave when the dynamics of the house change and try to give them calm information or boundaries to allow these times to happen. For example, we have beds in the house for our dogs, when people visit we ask our dogs to settle on their beds so that our visitors and our dogs can have time apart but also relax in each other’s presence.

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kelly-murrellAbout the Author: Kelly Murrell helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She used to work in the office at East Bowerland Farm, but recently moved to Vancouver Island, Canada with her husband. She is an avid dog trainer and regularly posts dog training tips for Devon Dogs and Bowerland. 

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