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Platforms are raised surfaces that your dog can be trained to target with its paws. Target training is used throughout many disciplines where complex interactions between animals and humans are required. Breaking behaviours down into steps allows dogs to rehearse doing the right behaviour, meaning it becomes reinforced. As your training progresses by adding new challenges or phasing out using the board, the dog recalls the successful repetitions from your foundational training meaning that they're more likely to succeed when asked to perform that particular behaviour in future.   The dog training platform can be anything elevated that the dog...

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Dog Place boards are a raised platform used in dog training as a target. This equipment is called many things including: A dog training platform, platform place, platform settle or dog training position box. The reason they are often referred to as a ‘Place Board’ is they are frequently used to enable boundary control in Place Mat training.   What is Place Mat training for dogs? You can teach your dog that when you say “Place” that’s a cue for them to ‘run towards the target’ provided by the Place Board and ‘move onto it and into a sit’ and...

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So what IS the difference? With positive reinforcement becoming more commonplace in dog training, I often feel the terms are easily mixed up or misunderstood; the word ‘reward’ can sometimes sound as if you are indulging your dog, when really, you are reinforcing the behaviour you want to see more of. So, I will take a moment to explain… There are several methods that can be used to teach dogs something new including: Shaping, where a behaviour is broken into a series of progressive steps. Capturing, where the handler waits for the dog to offer the behaviour, marks, and reward....

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We’re working dog owners and know what it can be like living with a smart and energetic dog! Without an appropriate channel, their boundless energy and unmet natural instincts can come out in all sorts of problematic ways such as a gundog breed running off and going ‘self-employed’, herding breeds stalking things that move, guardian breeds being wary of strangers, or terriers killing small furry things! The first step for finding an appropriate outlet for their natural behaviour so you can achieve the dog-owning life you envisaged is researching what your dogs’ breed was bred to do: Chasing? Digging? Scenting?...

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Hi, I’m Emma Filby, a professional Dog Trainer near Cambridge at Anglian Dog Works, accredited by The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I know that fireworks season can be a difficult time of year for dogs and their owners, and I am here to offer up some tips on how to help dogs and their owner’s cope.   Preparations: Get dogs used to bangs: desensitise to a soundtrack of firework noises, gradually getting louder, to allow dogs to get used to the sounds* Make a den: create a safe hiding place that is low down, covered and comfortable and establish it as...

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