East Midlands Dog Training

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Canine Behaviourist & Trainer

Donna Hobson. BSc Hon, TGoDT

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Communication, Misunderstanding or Misreading

Communication is a key factor when training your dog, not only is your voice a useful tool, so are the use of hand signals and dog whistles. I have trained my own border collie Bramble to recall, on the sound of a whistle and a hand signal. This training has not taken me a long time to complete, however, I have been consistent and used positive reinforcement techniques. The first time your dog completes a command like this, is highly rewarding and satisfying, that all your hard work pays off.

There is no magic but there is a successful formula:

Identify the issues - (stress, anxiety, breed, lack of knowledge, age of dog. Cause & Effect*)

Alleviate the issues - (use training techniques to extinguish unwanted behaviours, create acceptable behaviours)

Be Patient - (Rome was not built in a day, all the best things come to those who wait. Plan-Do-Study-Act*)

Keep Calm - (dogs mirror behaviour, if you stay calm your dog will stay calm if you get frustrated so will your dog)

Be Consistent - (Don’t keep chopping and changing methods, strategies etc. Everyone agree commands etc.)

Build Trust - (If your dog trusts you, it will follow your lead without question)

Reward good behaviour ignore the bad - (simple strategy that works)

Stimulate - (Dogs are hard wired predators who need to use their natural instincts in a positive not destructive way)

Celebrate - (A dogs life is short compared to our own, so enjoy this precious time when things go right)

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* Fishbone - Cause & Effect - Ishikawa diagram for problem solving

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If you need any information or have any questions please feel free to contact us using the details below:

  • Email:
    donna@eastmidlandsdogtraining.co.uk
  • Mobile:
    07971 400985

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