Why letting your dog greet every dog on your walk is a bad idea
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by Grace Clouston
3w ago
It can be tempting, especially when you’re trying to socialise your dog, to let them greet every dog you see on a walk. However, this well-meaning approach can accidentally backfire and cause issues with your dog’s social skills. This is because it creates an EXPECTATION that they will get to greet EVERY dog you see on the walk. Which means they start to get REALLY excited every time they see a dog, because they’re stoked about getting to say hello. This can sometimes mean they start greeting dogs impolitely (which can also become a habit), because they’re greeting them while in an over-excit ..read more
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Teaching your dog to greet others dogs nicely, instead of with OTT excitement is crucial for everyone,
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by Grace Clouston
1M ago
Over-bearing, OTT greetings of a random strangers are impolite and socially inappropriate regardless of what species you are. Letting your dog greet other dogs with massive excitement can also cause massive issues. Unfortunately, the way dogs commonly greet each other (rushing up at top speed, getting right in the new dog’s face, and often jumping on top of them) is the equivalent of a person spying a random stranger in the street or park, yelling “OMG, HI, HI!!”, and rushing over to give them a massive bear hug. Weird right? If it actually happened, it would probably freak you out. It doesn ..read more
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Enthusiastically praising your dog when they do something right can sometimes have the opposite effect to what you intended
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by Grace Clouston
1M ago
Enthusiastic praise can sometimes have the opposite effect on your dog’s progress than you intended it to. Most people enthusiastically praise their dog when they get something right, or make a good choice. Which, in a lot of scenarios, is really useful, because it tells the dog really clearly, “yes, good choice, keep doing that!” The problem is, in some situations, it can actually cause the opposite effect, even when it was given as their dog was doing the right thing. This is because happy, excited praise can interfere with their ability to concentrate. Which means when they’re doing a task ..read more
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Focus Games are NOT the most effective way to teach your dog to listen to you around distractions
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by Grace Clouston
1M ago
“Focus games” are super popular in the online dog training world right now. They’re promoted as a solution for dogs who are excitable and easily distracted by the world in general, to teach them to listen, focus and behave. And while they’re not a “bad” thing to do, unfortunately they often don’t quite achieve the result people are hoping for. This is because this style of training relies on your ability to be the most exciting option available to your dog at the time, so they focus on YOU and NOT the dog/person/bike/bird/cat etc. The problem with this, is that no matter how many yummy treats ..read more
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Will your dog REALLY grow out of their behavioural issues?
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by Grace Clouston
1M ago
So many people with young dogs have heard the well-intended advice: “don’t worry, they’ll grow out of it.” The problem with relying on your dog’s maturity to solve all their behaviour problems is it’s a bit like gambling. Maturity *helps* and when combined with training does make life easier once your dog has finished their “teenage” or puppy phase, but most dogs need a bit of extra guidance and help to make good decisions, even once they’ve grown older. Which is why there are so many adult dogs still merrily jumping, biting, barking and picking and choosing when to listen, whose owners are w ..read more
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Is “wanting to please you” REALLY at the top of your dog’s priority list?
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by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Is “wanting to please you” REALLY at the top of your dog’s priority list? (or are they more motivated by things likes chasing a cat, playing with a new dog, or jumping all over a guest?). For most dogs, it’s probably the latter, right? So why use training methods that rely on the former being true? “Dogs want to please” is a common phrase in the dog training industry. And while that’s true to an extent (and is part of the reason why I train dogs rather than cats!!), it’s not true to the extent that some people make it out to be. Dogs are loving, amazing family members and as a general rule, t ..read more
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How to train dogs without treats (without just swapping treats with toys/pats/praise)
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by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Training dogs without treats Many people love the idea of dog training without treats, either because they’ve tried treat-training before with no success (more on that later), or they just don’t like the idea of carrying a treat bag everywhere to get their dog to listen to them. You may have searched “how to train a dog without treats” to see what other dog training options are out there. What you may have found though, is that many of the articles don’t actually fully address the problem you’re trying to solve. Most articles on how to train dogs without using treats are about using the same t ..read more
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How to Choose the Best Dog Trainer
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by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Choosing the right dog trainer for you and your dog can be tricky, and is something you want to get right! Many of my clients had worked with several trainers before finding me, and I know how frustrating it can be spending time and money on trainers who don’t help you to solve the problems you’re having with your dog. If you have a big, boisterous dog, and young toddlers, then a trainer whose only solution to stop the jumping is telling your (often very nervous!) toddler to stand like a tree until the dog stops jumping, usually isn’t the best option! Why? Because if you’ve had a dog who’s a c ..read more
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What is Balanced Dog Training?
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by Grace Clouston
2M ago
I try not to get into to “politics” of dog training – our mission is to help everyday dog owners transform their lives with their dogs and be able to enjoy them and involve them in the activities they always wanted to. Getting bogged down in different dog training philosophies and viewpoints, and technical terminology that in all honesty the average dog owner doesn’t need to know the details of, is usually a diversion from that, which is why I tend to stick to the stuff they actually need to know. Everyone’s busy, after all, and most dog owners don’t want to become junior dog trainers, they ju ..read more
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Why do we expect every single dog to be a social butterfly, when so many people avoid parties like the plague?
Dog Blog - Training and Behaviour - Best Mate Dog Training | Online dog training without treats | NZ
by Grace Clouston
2M ago
Not every dog wants socialise with everyone, and that’s ok. There’s a common misconception about dogs that they’re inherently social, and therefore should love EVERY dog and human they come across and want to interact enthusiastically with them. But how many people do you know who genuinely love and want to interact deeply with every single person they ever meet. Even massive extroverts have people they’d rather not spend much time with, let alone introverts who are more than happy with a handful of key relationships with their favourite people, and who aren’t interested in socializing with r ..read more
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