Remember in school when you asked, “Why do we have to learn this? I’ll never use it in real life.” With our school, there’s no question how our knowledge fits into your very real, everyday life. The good news?! There will be no term papers or final exam. Your pass / fail grade will be that little furry thing that keeps peeing on your carpet and chewing on your most beloved items (good thing it’s cute). But unlike your semester of PSYC 101, the average lifespan of a dog is 10 – 13 years.

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We’ve taken the time to break down everything you need to know, starting with the basics; classical conditioning and operant conditioning. (By the way, not only are these methods great for training dogs, they also work on children and husbands. But you didn’t hear it from us.)

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Which training method should you use? Find the one that works best for you and stick to it. You can also combine a few training methods such as luring and molding to teach the desired behavior. Make sure that you enjoy the training and don’t allow yourself to get too frustrated. All good things take time. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Training Methods

#trainyourdog

Poppy and Heskie are prone to conflict because Heskie is easily over-aroused and invites boisterous play with Poppy who is fearful of people and sudden sound, hyperalert and triggered by sudden movement, and needs life to be calm and predictable.

Their human now has a management technique that doesn't use force but catches their attention, avoiding conflict, bringing the focus to her who can positively reinforce calm, connected behaviour. This forms a healthier habit and allows the dogs time to repair their friendship as boundaries are respected.

Poppy, being fearful of people did so well today during the behaviour consult that she felt able to move away from an unfamiliar man who unexpectedly and suddenly approached us on the property. He even startled me but I quickly turned my attention to Poppy to mark her behaviour before aggression erupted, helping shift her emotion to curious and away from the job of scaring the man. I then greeted the man, while continuing to reinforce calm behaviour, helping the dogs to learn and not react.

We can't control everything, so having this technique set in place prevented Poppy using aggression. This gave her human hope that the behaviour can improve with practise, as Poppy begins to feel safer and has an alternative behaviour to do instead.

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Poppy and Heskie are prone to conflict because Heskie is easily over-aroused and invites boisterous play with Poppy who is fearful of people and sudden sound, hyperalert and triggered by sudden movement, and needs life to be calm and predictable. Their human now has a management technique that doesn't use force but catches their attention, avoiding conflict, bringing the focus to her who can positively reinforce calm, connected behaviour. This forms a healthier habit and allows the dogs time to repair their friendship as boundaries are respected. Poppy, being fearful of people did so well today during the behaviour consult that she felt able to move away from an unfamiliar man who unexpectedly and suddenly approached us on the property. He even startled me but I quickly turned my attention to Poppy to mark her behaviour before aggression erupted, helping shift her emotion to curious and away from the job of scaring the man. I then greeted the man, while continuing to reinforce calm behaviour, helping the dogs to learn and not react. We can't control everything, so having this technique set in place prevented Poppy using aggression. This gave her human hope that the behaviour can improve with practise, as Poppy begins to feel safer and has an alternative behaviour to do instead. #streetwisedogs #dogbehaviour #behaviourconsult #brecon #reactivedog #rescuedog #sheepdog #shepherdX #collieX #dogtraining #behaviour #animalbehaviour #trainyourdog #dog #counterconditioning #fearfreedogtraining #consenttraining #interdogaggression #dogdogaggression #multipledoghousehold