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When a dog pulls on the lead it looks like this: Eyes fixed on a point ahead Tugging forward On a tight lead To fix the unwanted behaviour, my training focuses on rewarding the opposite. To me, loose lead walking looks like this: Engaged with me Walking beside On a slack lead You can read my strategy for building value for build value for staying by your side by clicking here Today my tips focus on improving step 1 in my criteria above, your dog’s focus on you.   The training principle you’ll be employing here is ‘operant conditioning’ Put...

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The principle is, anything you reward will happen more often, so: A: Don't reward unwanted behaviour e.g. continue your walk being pulled in the direction your dog wants to go B: Do reward what we call in Dog Training a ‘Mutually exclusive behaviour’ e.g. build value for staying by your side and practice loose lead walking consistently "10 Pecks" Here’s a quick game you can play outside your house before you head anywhere this week. Grab one handful of your dogs’ meal allowance. When it’s all been used up end the session.   Each day 50g of my spaniel Thea’s...

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For the fellow long-haired dog owners Firstly, what is a bramble womble?! 👇This repeat offender is what we at Anglian Dog Works affectionately call a bramble womble. AKA a dog with an affinity for ‘wombling’ undergrowth! Here in the UK it is shooting season meaning there will be lots more game birds around. So while we’re past the summer stickies, this time of year whether you are working a gundog or are just enjoying walks in the countryside, the brambles are extra tempting. So here are my top tips:First, a de-tangler spray before will reduce the amount of bits that ‘stick’.And/or...

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With the heatwave in full swing, I thought it timely to share one of the hacks for quickly making a frozen Kong. You will need: A Kong A Mug Biscuits I use 80:20 Grain Free Fish Biscuits because they are a healthy,  high-quality kibble and because it’s made from tempting smelling salmon, haddock, trout & herring I have found to be appealing for most dogs that I have worked with.   Stand the Kong narrow end down in a mug Fill the Kong with dry biscuits Use a tap to gently fill the mug with water via the Kong opening...

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My go to Focus & Impulse Control game… Being a working breed specialist, I often train excitable young dogs, and I love starting a session with a game like this! You teach your dog to suppress the instinct to chase after something that moves and to engage you to access the food thrown out. It helps develop the part of the dog’s brain which controls their own excitement so they can exert more self-control taking pressure off you to be hands-on the whole time. Encouraging eye contact opens a communication channel that can be used to guide your dog through the rest...

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