5 Top Tips for a Stress Free Halloween for your Dog

Halloween can be a fun time for the family, but the strange sights and sounds both inside and outside of the home can be very frightening and stressful for our dogs. Here are my top tips for making sure that your canine companion stays happy and relaxed with the celebrations: 1. Keep your dog away from the door If you’re …

Do I Need to be Pack Leader?

You may have heard or read about dog trainers suggesting that owners should be the ‘pack leader’ or that problem behaviours are caused by the dog believing himself to be ‘dominant’ over its owner. But where do these ideas come from, and, more importantly, are they correct? Where did ‘Dominance’ come from? Traditional dog training based its theories and techniques …

The Problem with Aversive Training

How do dogs learn? Dogs learn by association – behaviours followed by desirable consequences are likely to be repeated. Likewise, behaviours followed by undesirable consequences are less likely to be repeated. Dog training uses these rules of learning by employing a combination of techniques: Positive reinforcement involves rewarding desirable behaviour so that it will happen more often, e.g. dog sits …