Developing Your Dog’s Attentiveness

Developing Your Dog’s Attentiveness

Once we had got the basics of sit and stay, etc. with Hank we started to concentrate on our relationship with him and came across this great video on YouTube that gives you tips for getting your dog to be attentive to you. So needless to say we have started implementing the ideas of rewarding Hank for looking at us and returning voluntarily back to us when on walks.

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The First Week With A New Dog

The First Week With A New Dog

We have been truly blessed with getting such a beautiful new member of the family, Hank (and when I say beautiful I mean both in and outside) – and really all credit must go to Szabolcs Szalmasi and his wife Julia who are one of the team of Vizslamentes foster families – that take in the rescue Hungarian Vizsla and GSP dogs in Hungary, care for them, feed them up if necessary, assess them and generally give them a loving stable environment before the dogs are found permanent homes elsewhere – usually in Hungary and the UK.

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Dog Clicker Training

Dog Clicker Training

Clicker training has been used in animal behaviour management since the 40s/50s initially in bird but also dolphin control. It was only transferred to dog training principles later in about the 80s and has proved to be a very effective training tool regardless of the kind of dog you have.

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Dog Crate Training

Dog Crate Training

Want to know whether you should crate train your dog? Well you are not alone in that question. There are a number of benefits to both you and your dog with training them to get in and stay in their crate. Every year, millions of dog owners around the world learn how to keep their dogs in a crate so that when they leave the house so they can reduce separation anxiety, destructive behaviour and barking. It can also make your life much easier if your dog insists on sleeping in your bed or on the couch by giving them their own special place, and finally it is a very useful tool when trying to house train a new puppy. The Value of a Crate to a Dog The first thing to recognise is that most dogs love a crate – it is not a cage or a prison. In the wild, dogs would seek out small, safe spaces to burrow into to keep them safe and warm. A crate offers that same experience perfectly – giving them a safe space that is theirs alone. Clearly it should be large enough for them to be comfortable (to stand in it and turn around) but small enough to be cosy. Dogs that have full roam of your home will often have trouble differentiating their “home” from yours, and so will grow anxious trying to control and patrol the entire house. How to Crate Train a Dog Ideally, you should crate train your dog as a puppy. A full grown dog that has never been in a crate may have a harder time adjusting to the small space and grow anxious – however as with most things dog related, you can training a dog to accept most things if you make it a positive experience! Initially it is best to place the crate in the middle of all your family activities – where you all spend the most time. Then at night, you can move the crate in your bedroom to give them a safe presence nearby. Eventually, after a month or so, you should be able to leave the crate in one place as the dog associates the “safe place” with the crate not your presence. However in the beginning, be close to them keeping them feeling safe and calm. When you put your dog in the crate, make sure it is a clean, comfortable place to sleep, has a source of water and why not put a toy in it to play with. Now note that the crate should be only big enough for them to sleep in. If they can walk around in it, they may make a...

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