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

Like a lot of dogs Ruby is reactive towards other people and dogs when she is on lead. We are working through a training and management plan to help Rosie feel better when she is out and about on walks. This is certainly going to help the people in Ruby’s life feel better about walking her too! During this early phase, Ruby will be given a break from things which cause her to react. This might mean driving to a quiet area, or walking at a quiet time of day, or walking in areas where she can enjoy being off lead. During this phase we will be teaching Ruby some key skills like ‘watch’, hand target and the all important turn around ‘let’s go!’ move. Over time we will start to work on Ruby’s reactivity by working at appropriate distances from her triggers and rewarding her with very tasty rewards. The processes we use are evidence based and Ruby will make progress. There is no quick fix, no on/off switch, it takes time and commitment for behaviour changes to happen.  If you are struggling with your dog’s struggles, reach out to a reputable trainer who uses science based, force free methods. Seeking help can be a bit daunting but a good trainer will help you both through the process of positive change ... we even have a few laughs along the way 😊 I will post updates on Ruby’s journey along the way 🐾 #reactivedogs #sciencebaseddogtraining
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Like a lot of dogs Ruby is reactive towards other people and dogs when she is on lead. We are working through a training and management plan to help Rosie feel better when she is out and about on walks. This is certainly going to help the people in Ruby’s life feel better about walking her too! During this early phase, Ruby will be given a break from things which cause her to react. This might mean driving to a quiet area, or walking at a quiet time of day, or walking in areas where she can enjoy being off lead. During this phase we will be teaching Ruby some key skills like ‘watch’, hand target and the all important turn around ‘let’s go!’ move. Over time we will start to work on Ruby’s reactivity by working at appropriate distances from her triggers and rewarding her with very tasty rewards. The processes we use are evidence based and Ruby will make progress. There is no quick fix, no on/off switch, it takes time and commitment for behaviour changes to happen. If you are struggling with your dog’s struggles, reach out to a reputable trainer who uses science based, force free methods. Seeking help can be a bit daunting but a good trainer will help you both through the process of positive change ... we even have a few laughs along the way 😊 I will post updates on Ruby’s journey along the way 🐾 #reactivedogs #sciencebaseddogtraining - - - - - - - #cockerspaniel #perfectfitharness #redcockerspaniel #workingcockerspaniel #instaspaniel #forcefree #trainyourdog #counterconditioningdogs #dogtraining #norfolk #rewardyourdog #bekindalways #cockerspanielmoments