How to start a walk
by Adam on October 24, 2012 at 8:37 AM
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The walk is a very important part of your relationship with your dog. A nice relaxed walk with loose lead is the best way to create a strong bond and trust between you both. Here is how I like a walk to start, no excitement, no fear, no noise, just a calm relaxed dog waiting with manners for it's walk. It's much easier to keep a calm dog relaxed, than trying to calm an excited/panicky dog down whilst out in the big, bad and exciting, outside world. So a nice calm start to the walk is the best way to ensure the walk remains relaxed and enjoyable for both owner and pooch!
by Adam on August 28, 2012 at 5:56 AM
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I took my pawtrekker dog scooter up to North Clwyd Animal Rescue to give some of the more stressed dog a good run out. Most of them took to it really well and loved the chance to run through the lanes and tracks around the nearby country side. Hopefully I'll be able to build up to 2 or 3 dogs running together. www.NCAR.org.uk
Calmness around the door
by Adam on April 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM
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I got Mizzie all excited about going outside so I could demonstrate how an open door doesn't mean she can charge out of it. This is a good technique to use if your dog gets excited when people come to the door, or if you dog tries to escape through doors.
Notice how the exercise is done in virtual silence, the main form of communication is body language.
You can use this techniques in many situations; keeping your dog sat waiting whilst you prepare it's dinner, whilst you prepare for a walk, keeping your dog sitting away from the table as you eat, if your dog attacks the hoover you can use this technique to ask it to simply sit and watch, etc etc. The applications are endless. Of course you should also use treats to reward your dog for choosing to sit and relax during this exercise therefore making it a much more positive experience for you both.
Body language during play
by Adam on December 23, 2010 at 6:56 AM
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A little video I use to explain the body language dogs use to communicate. Here, during play, many signals and gestures are given in rapid succession to communicate, "lets play", "I'm no threat", "I trust you", "you can trust me", "lets keep this fun" etc etc. The signals I highlighted are just the main ones, there is literally no time when some body language isn't being offered! Both these dogs, a Staffie and a Staffie cross were from North Clwyd Animal Rescue Centre.
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