Future posts – what would you like to see?

Firstly, apologies for not blogging for a few weeks, I’ve been crazy busy. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to blog about the following

1. Preparing your dog for the arrival of a new baby

2. Nothing in Life is Free Protocol versus using your dog’s food and toys for training and classical conditioning

3.Building a truly meaningful bond with your dog through positive reinforcement

4. Forging a new behavioural path and letting the “bad” ones overgrow.

If there is anything at all you’d like me to write about, please comment below, If you are having a problem with your dog’s training or behaviour, write a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it in a future blog.


8 thoughts on “Future posts – what would you like to see?

  1. I’m looking forward to reading more about topics 3 and 4.and building a better relationship with my dog.

  2. Really enjoy your blog. So encouraging to see a real progressive trainer and behaviourist out there helping owners and dogs using scientific based positive reinforcement methods.

    Any thoughts on controlling arousal levels outdoors in high prey dogs (herders, terriers etc.)? Environmental management is key, but is counter conditioning for sudden onset of prey effective do you think? A trainer I worked with recently advised me to just work on a solid ‘leave it’ but if you are not offering the dog a more exciting alternative (such as a ball or squeaky toy) why on earth would the dog be motivated to leave the most exciting thing in the environment?

    1. Nicola, train your dog to “leave it” using a more exciting alternative. Build a huge reinforcement history beforehand. Train when you don’t need to so you will be able to get your dog to do as asked when you need to.
      Lots and lots of trials with the squeaky/ball every time

  3. Hello,

    sorry for my english but I’m portuguese.

    I have a fearfull dog and I have problems to go with him to the veterinarian. What must I do? (his is fearfull of the street, to go inside, to be touch…)

    Can you give some advices?

    Best regards

    Maria José Mackaaij

    [Logo BIB2]

    Rua Latino Coelho
    8300-168 Silves
    Telf: 282 442 112
    Contacto direto: 282 440 800 / ext. 361

  4. Hi John – have you any advice for neighbouring dogs who don’t get along? For this type of work, is it best to work off home territory with CC and perhaps try to build up to a walk home together?

  5. Many thanks John. The ‘leave it’ cue has to have an element of ‘what’s in it for me then?’ in order to motivate the dog, especially when prey is around, which you have confirmed. But working recently with a criss over trainer, it was difficult to get her on board with this one for some reason.

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