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Buying a Puppy

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- Dog owners are the only ones that can push for breeders to get better, if you do not buy the puppies that do not match the criteria then the breeders have to improve.  Dogs should be bred for longevity, to increase the lifespan of our... Read More
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Micromanaging

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- I can put my hands up and say this is the biggest issue I have when training my own dogs. I have seen many people upset, frustrated and their dogs training pushed backwards, by people that do not manage their own dogs properly. As a... Read More
Reactivity Threshold

Getting Familiar with Reactivity

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- At Suppawt we define reactivity as: *An increase in 'inappropriate' coping behaviours, caused by the appearance of something which creates fear, frustration, excitement or anxiety in the dog.* Remember, people can also be reactive, which... Read More
Signals

No one is perfect...

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- It has come to my attention that to make training your dog more realistic for the public, I need to share with you all the mistakes and difficulties that come with dog training. It is not something you put aside and do for an hour a day,... Read More
Operant Conditoning Matrix

Look at the bigger picture...

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- Im sure many people have heard of the recent incident of a dog with a shock collar being re-homed to an older lady, then attacking and killing her hours later (the breed is of no importance). The attack escalated when the dog was shocked... Read More
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Why I would use R+ even if it was the less effective choice.

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- Science says R+ is the most effective training strategy Many traditional trainers use the excuse of effectivity for using aversives (anything which causes pain, fear or discomfort) in training. Positive reinforcement is rewarding your dog... Read More
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'Be FIRMER With Your Dog'

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- Once upon a time being firmer with your dog meant being physical with them to get them to do what you want. Now, being firmer with your dog should only mean setting clear boundaries and not wavering on them. However, due to the disproved... Read More
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Houdini Harnesses

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- Are you looking for a harness which your Houdini dog cannot escape from? I have compiled a list of these harnesses, ranging in colour and price.  Web Master Pro 3 Peaks Lime/Blue Excursion Dog Harness Trail harness ERGOTREKKING Read More