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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Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs

Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs

Aggressive behaviour in dogs can be caused by many things. It may be a result of a puppyhood issue or event that was never properly dealt with – such as being attacked by another dog – or it may be due to a leadership related issue between you and your dog. However, whatever the reason for your dog’s aggression, you do need to address it as soon as you can – ideally as soon as aggressive behaviour starts to repeatedly manifest itself. The results of prolonged aggression are not only scary, but dangerous if not quickly addressed. The Source of Aggressive Behaviour in Dogs Aggressive dog behaviour can start as early as 6 weeks of age. This is a crucial stage of puppy development when it should be socialised with other dogs and given the necessary training to prevent them from biting both people and dogs. Generally this phase of socialization lasts until the dog is 14 weeks old but can extend beyond that for certain dogs and breeds. Now a puppy’s biting habit at this age isn’t going to cause any great harm but let that behaviour continue to adolescence and you’ve got a real problem. So early socialization is very important which is why you should never a puppy away from its litter before 8 weeks of age – and no good breeder will ever do so.  Up to that age it is the mother that is naturally training and socialising her puppies in the ways of the world. 8 weeks is often the age at which you may get a puppy from a breeder and so for the next few weeks after that you shouldn’t use harsh discipline with the puppy. Try to make sure the dog is treated gently during that initial few weeks after it has left its litter as it is a very formative time in the puppy’s development. Hitting, yelling or other harsh punishments at a young age can often breed aggressive behaviour in dogs over time.  For example, if a puppy keeps biting, try whimpering and mock crying as if in pain to show that the biting is hurting you, in order to train that biting is not acceptable behaviour. Ideally a dog should have been properly socialized with people and other dogs by 14 weeks old to avoid future aggression issues. It is known that one of the most important factors that causes aggressive behaviour in dogs is their environment. A dog that has poor living conditions, harsh masters, no socialization, or that has been frightened or attacked by another dog is far more likely to be aggressive as it ages. Of course aggression can also be triggered by a...

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Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Tips

If you want good dog training tips then it’s worth firstly thinking about what your dog needs from you. Once you understand what dogs actually need then you can learn how to give it to them. We all credit dogs with being smart and they are to an extent – in reality dogs have evolved to be very attuned to our actions and communications. Very simply – a dog reacts to us. It wants to please us and be included by us, but at the end of the day it’s still an animal with animal instincts. So, if you want to influence a dog’s behaviour and in particular adjust any negative behaviour, then best way to approach this is to redirect your dog’s attention and focus onto a different behaviour (still within the scope of their natural instincts) rather than shout and yell at them. You give them an alternative behaviour that is acceptable to you and praise them for performing it. Core Dog Training Tips Here are a few basic things that every dog owner should consider when training their dog. If you can get these right then it will make the rest of your dog training much easier. Crate Training Dogs like to have dens – a secure place that they can retreat to. In the wild they will actually seek out a snug or even dig one out. So giving your dog a crate or cage that it can call its own provides your dog with a home. Now given the way we live nowadays and the abundance of been bag type dog beds you may need to train your dog to get used to its crate. This is known as “crate training”. The idea is to get your dog used to the crate by spending time with your dog in the crate. Make it comfortable with nice bedding and initially offer treats whenever your dog settles in the crate. Never use a crate as a punishment – it is meant to be the dog’s happy place where he goes to rest and sleep. Most dog training tips will tell you that a crate can make house breaking and toilet training much easier, as well as helping with bark reduction and separation anxiety issues. Leash or Lead Training Many people have issues with their dog on a leash or lead. The most important thing you can do is teach them to be in a controlled, calm state whenever on a leash. Too often a dog gets overly excited about going on a walk the minute they see the lead and they start the walk off in this excited state of mind. Once outside the majority of...

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Dog Training

Dog Training

Here at Top Dog Tips we are going to be updating this site with a wealth of useful training and behavioural tips for you and your dog. At Top Dog Tips we believe in influencing your dog’s behaviour by being the “top dog”. Now this is similar to other terms you may have heard of such as “alpha dog” or “pack leader” BUT with a very important difference… While “alpha dog” and “pack leader” often refer to you being the dominant member of your canine family in a way similar to how wolf packs operate, recent studies into wild dog packs (rather than wolf packs) such as of dingoes and the New Guinea Singing Dogs have shown that the dog the pack follows tends to be the one with the most meaningful social connections within the pack – the one with the most “friends”, if you like! Other studies have also shown that dogs prefer to interact and make social connections with someone who is generous – whether that is the sharing of food or letting another win at tug-of-war. Dogs actually seem skilled at determining which individuals would be best co-operative partners. In other words the more strong social connections you have with the other members of the pack and the more generous your disposition the more likely the pack is to be influenced by you and thus follow you. So of course you must exert your will on your dog but this is not achieved simply with the idea of dominance – there’s a lot more to it than that!!! What we hope to share with this website are tips for how to effectively train your dog to see you as the “top...

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