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5 Excellent Reasons To Use Positive Reinforcement

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Sometimes we hear people talking about positive reinforcement without accuracy, they might say it’s bribery or some of the harsher dog trainers out there call it cookie pushing. It’s so much more than that though, and in reality, teaching with positive reinforcement is our only option as good dog guardians – here’s why..


Brainpower

Positive reinforcement includes plentiful and enjoyable reward. That reward talks directly to your dog’s neurochemistry, triggering a cocktail of feel great hormo…

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7 (Not) Surprising Things That DogParents Do

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We are not dog parents I know this, but sometimes it can feel like the dog is a long-term toddler and that we are indeed parenting them. So, let’s take a look at what us dog guardians do on a regular basis, and what we do for dogs that we wouldn’t for anyone else.


We Like Their Snoring & Chewing

Snoring and chewing from our dogs meant that they are enjoying a rest or enjoying a meal. Snoring or chewing from our significant other is bad manners and infuriating. Why is that?


Wash Their Shizzy B…

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Why and How to Choose a Good Vet for Your Dog



Choosing your veterinarian is one of the most important things you will do as a dog guardian. It’s even more important as I’m writing this because we are in full lockdown in the UK and dogs are taken off into the vet’s office without us, so we don’t get to see how they are treated in there.

The vet you choose to go to about your dog’s health is likely to be with you through some really tough times, so you need to trust them completely, for your dog’s sake as well as your own.

An important thin…

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7 Steps to a More Confident Dog

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Confidence building works the same way for all living animals, including ourselves and our dogs. If we take small steps and succeed, we will learn to take bigger steps and expect to succeed.

 

Encourage Optimism

A dog who is encouraged to become optimistic about their expectations of the world will naturally be more confident and cope better within it, thus be empowered. Ask yourself now for a moment, what does your dog expect when they try something new?

Do they actually even try something …

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5 Ways An Old Cardboard Box Can Make Your Dog Happy

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I recently ordered some dog blankets and yesterday they arrived. I had ordered nine and was surprised they came in a box. On opening it, I realised they came in individual boxes too which seemed pointless when we live on a struggling planet. However, they did give me an enrichment idea – every cloud has a silver lining.

So, here’s 5 free and easy enrichment ideas for you and your dog.

A Box of Kongs

Kongs can be stuffed to the brim or just have one treat in them. Often we stuff them and hand …

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Why Does My Dog?

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It's way too easy to assume that a dog does something for no reason, when really all behaviour tells us much more about the dog's inner state than we could possibly imagine. Dogs do dog things, just as people do human things but none of us do those things for no reason. There’s always are reason.

For example, many of us eat carbs when we are sad. I learned recently that when we have a bellyful of carbs, our body is so busy that it has to temporarily switch off the emotional response…

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Dogs Tied Outside Shops - Please Don't!

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Leaving our dogs tied up outside a shop is a terribly unkind thing to do. Even if it’s just for a couple of minutes the dangers will always outweigh the convenience.

A dog who is tethered outside a shop is vulnerable and often looks stressed. Whether they understand how vulnerable they are, or are scared because they are tied in a place surrounded by scary things, we can’t know. Either way, the dog can’t escape, people can approach and the dog has no choice. So many people have ze…

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The Sweetness Of Older Dogs

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“I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog - completely exhausted after a hard day in the field - limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes, and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend”

—Gene Hill

When does a dog go from being your adult friend to your elderly companion? Well, that depends on the d…

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You Are Already A Good Guardian!

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Do you sometimes consider yourself a dog guardian who is lacking?
Do you think you should do more with your dog?

Loving dogs and being a dog knowledge obsessive can be a bit of a guilt trigger, simply because the more we learn, the more we question. Our newsfeeds are packed with other dog pros doing enrichment, search, tracking, hoopers, coaching and so on, and so on some more. It’s easy to think our own dogs miss out, and in creeps the guilt.

In addition, if we rescue dogs, we…

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Dogs - The Ethics of Ownership

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Dogs have been with us for many, many years. It seems based on the limited evidence we have that they joined us at least in part on purpose. Whether they were friends, workers, or both back then, dogs are linked to us like no other animal, not just now but historically too.

So how then did we get to the point of ownership of another species, forced breeding, strange genetic combinations that create already sick puppies. Selling them, telling them and blaming them for the normal dog behaviou…

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