How to teach your dog to come without treats
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
1M ago
How to Teach Your Dog to Come Without Treats Training your dog to reliably come back when called is top of the list for most dog owners. Training your dog to “come” reliably is high on the wish list for most dog owners, for good reason. Having a reliable come command (especially one that doesn’t rely on treats) is essential to keep your dog safe AND to allow you to involve them in activities without stress or frustration. Which is why I wrote this guide to teaching your dog to come without treats (reliably!). How to Teach Your Dog to Come Without Treats Tip #1 - Don’t just focus on the “come ..read more
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Offering rewards for good behaviour, and ignoring bad behaviour accidentally teaches your dog to ignore you when there’s something more exciting on offer.
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
1M ago
Offering rewards for good behaviour, and ignoring bad behaviour accidentally teaches your dog to ignore you when there’s something more exciting on offer. If you’ve been using this strategy with your dog, it’s totally understandable – it’s become super common advice in the dog training industry.  But it’s no coincidence that “selective hearing” has ALSO become super common, especially around distractions like other dogs, guests, or cats! And it’s easy to see why, when you think about how you’d respond in a similar situation. If we lived in a world where there were no speeding tickets, an ..read more
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Five Super Common Mistakes when Toilet Training Your Puppy or Dog
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by Grace Clouston
1M ago
Toilet training your dog or puppy can be super frustrating when it’s not going well! There are five common mistakes people tend to make when toilet training their dog. If you’re still finding accidents inside, and your dog is old enough to have good muscle control, and doesn’t have any health issues, chances are you’re making at least one of these… Mistake #1: Too much freedom, too soon It’s really tempting to let your pup have free run of the house while you’re doing other things. However, if they’re only partly toilet trained, unfortunately you’re just setting them up to fail. They need to ..read more
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Dog Obedience Training
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Canine obedience training Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. Training dogs to listen reliably is top of the “list” for many dog owners, and for good reason… Why canine obedience training is so important for a happy dog & owner: Dog obedience training makes a huge difference to your enjoyment of life with your dog. A dog who listens to you reliably is much easier to have around as part of your everyday life (imagine being able to put your dog in a “down/stay” command while you clean/eat dinner/do the gardening, rath ..read more
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Training Labradoodles
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Training a Labradoodle – Common behavioural problems and personality traits Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. Labradoodles are often fun, energetic, social and “high on life”! Labradoodles are fun, energetic dogs who are often “high on life”! They’re super intelligent, can be over-excitable, and often have a stubborn streak that surprises their owners! They’re becoming super popular in both New Zealand and Australia (which is where our online course members are from), and are one of the most common “breeds” in our onlin ..read more
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Why you actually want your dog to make mistakes during training
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Do dogs learn from their mistakes? Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. When done right, dogs learn from their mistakes, you just want to avoid some common pitfalls to prevent their training going backwards. Yes, dogs do learn from their mistakes... BUT only if they’re set up so that they learn what you WANT them to learn (rather than the opposite!). It’s also important to get the balance right in terms of the ratio of successes to mistakes. If you go too far one way or the other, your dog will either get stuck and never g ..read more
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Best Dog Collars and Leads to Stop Dogs Pulling on the Lead
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Best Dog Collars and Leads to Stop Pulling Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. As a dog trainer, I get asked allll the time how to stop dogs pulling on the lead. It’s a super common (and frustrating!) problem. Which is why I decided to put together this list of the best collars and leads to stop dogs from pulling. I also created a free 5-day challenge to stop your dog pulling on the lead without treats, so if your dog pulls (and since you’re here, I’m guessing they do!), make sure you check it out – it’s got amazing result ..read more
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Huntaway dog training
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Training a Huntaway (as a pet dog) – personality traits & common behavioural problems Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. Huntaways are strong, intelligent dogs who love life and having a job to do. A Huntaway is the only dog from New Zealand origin that’s recognised by the NZKC. They were bred by combining many different breeds to work and move stock (sheep and cows), through barking and driving the stock away from the farmer. Hence the name “Hunt Away” (versus the New Zealand “Heading Dog” who were bred to ‘head’ th ..read more
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Dog too focused on treats to actually listen to you?
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
If your dog is too focused on treats, they can end up ignoring you or making impulsive decisions rather than thinking things through and making good choices. Is your dog too focused on treats? Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. Rose, my Labrador cross, LOVES food (no surprises there). So it’s ironic that I don’t tend to use food when I train my dogs. Rose is a great example of one of the (many!) reasons why this is… My dog is TOO focused on treats. To the point where she STOPS listening as well as she otherwise would, be ..read more
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Dog too focused on treats to actually listen to you?
Best Mate Dog Training Blog
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
If your dog is too focused on treats, they can end up ignoring you or making impulsive decisions rather than thinking things through and making good choices. Is your dog too focused on treats? Want more insights like this sent straight to your inbox? Click here to get our Free Dog Training Insights. Rose, my Labrador cross, LOVES food (no surprises there). So it’s ironic that I don’t tend to use food when I train my dogs. Rose is a great example of one of the (many!) reasons why this is… My dog is TOO focused on treats. To the point where she STOPS listening as well as she otherwise would, be ..read more
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