Know your breed

In order to get the most out of your relationship with your dog, I strongly recommend finding out a little more about your pet. Below I’ve written some information about the most common breeds of dog.


schnauzer

Previously called “Standard Schnauzer”. A middle sized dog with plenty of character. Needs a fairly active home, enjoys being trained and is loyal to his family.

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Miniature-Schnauzer

A relatively small, alert dog that loves training. Will bark to let you know if somebody is at the door. Great little companion dog both for the active family and the slightly less active family.

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Giant-schnauzer

Large, powerful, loyal to his family. Needs plenty of stimulation, exercise and training.

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A large, demanding breed which need plenty of exercise and stimulation to be content. Highly trainable and is at its happiest when trained. Lovely family dog when stimulated. Can be a bit of a hand full if not stimulated properly. Guarding and herding dog.

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Flat-Coated-Retriever
Energetic, friendly and often easy going with other dogs. Needs plenty of exercise and stimulation in order to be calm.

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rottweiler

Powerful, strong, loyal breed. Needs plenty of training and stimulation but loves his family. Guard dog.

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golden-retriever

Loyal, friendly breed who needs plenty of exercise to be content. Often easy going with other dogs. Gun dog, i.e. bred to retrieve birds.

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boxer

Fun loving, exuberant, active breed. They are very loyal and loves being with the family but needs good exercise and stimulation to not become mischievous. Guard dog.

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Jack-Russell
Independent, strong will, charming and energetic. Easy to train but need plenty of stimulation. Not recognized by the Kennel Club in England but recognized as a separate breed in many other countries

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Some FAQs

As a dog training and animal behavior specialist, I get asked many questions. Below I've outlined some of the most common questions and answers that tend to crop up.

By providing your dog with the chance to track and use his ability to smell in a controlled environment, on your terms, you bond with your dog, your dogs urge for doing other things such as chasing after people, cars, bicyles,   eating poo, finding disgusting things in the forest/park lessens and he/she will become calmer and more content.

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Absolutely not. Your dog is telling you that he/she has a need and urge to use his nose. He will do that regardless of if we provide him/her with the opportunity do so or not.

By providing your dog with the chance of doing so in a controlled environment, on your terms, you bond with your dog, your dogs urge for doing it by him-/herself lessens and he/she will become calmer and more content.

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If you show the treats to get your dogs attention the dog soon learns that it is no use to come when you do not show the treats.

By laying a good foundation with Listening Exercise and then train Recalls by using your finish word (“OK”), your dog learns the recall signal very solidly and you will be able to trust your dog off the lead in most situations.

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In the Listening Exercise your dog is close to you and you have no expectations at all that the dog will listen, nor lift its’ head, nor look at you, nor moving towards you. You just say your dogs name and give a treat, toy or for the dog appreciated tickle.

The Listening Exercise is a foundation to Recall. You will see that your dog soon starts lifting its’ head and wanting to come to you.

In Recall your dog is further away, you use your “OK” word to mark that it is lifting its’ head, looking at you or/and are starting to move towards you. You have the rewards with you so the dog has to come all the way in to you in order to receive his reward.

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If you use treats and toys in your training your relationship with your dog will be based on understanding and security.

If you choose not to use treats and toys in your training your relationship with your dog will be based on dominance and fear.

Science supports the positive reinforcement type of training methods for many reasons – the results are more withstanding, the stress levels in the dog is significantly lower and the dog learns quicker. It is also less likely to trigger aggression in the dog. For references contact with ewa, please.

As with all training, whatever method you are using – timing and placement is crucial.

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Just simply wait, without saying anything until he/she has calmed down. If he/she starts again when you are bending down to give the food – stand up again and just  wait. He/she will soon learn that the quickest way to get his/hers food is to be calm.

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No, this is an old myth. If a dog is on it’s back it is because it has chosen to  do so itself. By putting it on to it’s back you more often create a problem because it feels challenged. You do not show who is the secure leader, the parent in your relationship by putting your dog on it’s back.

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Take it out when it has eaten, slept or played. Stay out until he/she has had a wee. Praise him/her.
Set the alarm clock so that it is you waking your puppy up to take it out. That has a nice side effect that it will learn to wait for you in the mornings and not get impatient.
If an accident happens inside, just ignore it and make a note to yourself that you have to be quicker to take the puppy out next time.

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No. It can create a problems. Instead, put nice food pieces into the bowl while it is eating, stroke it sometimes and get it used to that you being there does not mean  that the food  disappears.

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If your dog barks to get your attention then a “telling off” has achieved what the dog wanted. So therefore the most efficient way is to completely ignore it while it is barking. As soon as it stops you can give positive attention. If it starts again you simply ignore it again. It will soon learn that barking is not the way to get your attention.

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All puppies bite. It is absolutely natural and they will grow out of it. Make sure it  does not get a lot of attention for doing so.

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With the type of training I promote you will start from day 1 you have got it. The reason is that I build on relationship and trust and that need to be started on immediately. You take things in small steps, concentrate on reinforcing and rewarding the things you want your puppy to do and you very much ignore the things your puppy does which are not so desirable. Say your puppys’ name in different tones, cuddle, play or treat every time. It is important to keep calm and happy, do never shout or scare your puppy. That only creates an insecure individual. The block “Foundation for Collaboration” on my puppy DVD covers this, housetraining, first time on the lead, chewing and a lot more.

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