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  Words falling on deaf ears The trouble with us humans is we chatter! Dogs can quickly learn to switch off and ignore our words as background noise; this doesn’t pose a problem as we potter about the house nattering BUT can cause an issue when our verbal cues such as a recall fall on deaf ears!   Tool of choice The benefits of a whistle are generally when we have a whistle on, as humans, we go into ‘training mode’ so it is not overused like our words can sometimes be. The sound of a whistle can carry better than...

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Keep dogs cool at class With the warm weather set to continue, our dog training classes near Cambridge are about to warm up. Read on to find lots ways you can keep your dogs cool at class and home. How to keep dogs cool in the car on the way to class In the car keep your dog’s area cool by using shades. Clip on fans can be useful to help air circulate.  Freeze 2L Bottles of water and put in front of the fan to have a further cooling effect. Draping wet towels over the crates will keep their space cool, as...

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Tips and tricks to engage and motivate your dog in training Without an appropriate channel unmet natural instincts can come out in all sorts of problematic ways: running, chasing, playing, hunting and lack of hearing when they’re busy doing something ‘important’ to name a few! It’s not enough to teach them they shouldn’t do these behaviours, to ‘scratch the itch’ you must find their dogs safe opportunities to express natural behaviour.    How to motivate your breed of dog? You might find it interesting to learn about something called “The predatory sequence”. It is a behaviour chain that is made...

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How to speed up a recall Does it feel like your recall is falling on deaf ears when your dog is busy doing something more ‘important’? (Running, chasing, playing, hunting for example!) Are you confident your dog knows what you are asking when you recall them, but they’re choosing whether to come back or not and when they do it’s in their own time and with no sense of urgency?   Accelerate not decelerate You need to find something that is more exciting in your dog’s eyes than anything you might encounter out on a walk. So, ask yourself What...

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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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