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If your Jack Russel constantly follows you around, you’ll probably either find it incredibly endearing or you’ll be very tired of practically tripping over them all the time. Either way, it’s helpful to understand some of the science behind why your dog might be at your side constantly. Reinforcement – Often times, Jack Russels will follow their owners if they have a strong bond that has been reinforced over time. For example, if a Jack…

Although Boston Terriers have been domesticated for quite some time, deep down they still possess their primal instincts. You may have noticed your Boston Terrier attempting to stand on you. While this may be confusing, rest assured, this is actually a common behaviour in dogs and there are a few different explanations to explain why this behaviour may be occurring. The most common being dominance. Dominance Over Humans If your Boston Terrier tends to stand…

Adopting a rescue dog from the animal shelter can be the best thing for many prospective dog owners. A lot of people are put off the idea in thinking that these dogs are “problem dogs”, that they were only abandoned because of difficult behavioural problems. In the vast majority of cases this is very far from the truth. Most dogs end up in the animal shelter for reasons other than their own behaviour – the…

When people call me we often discuss their dog’s undesirable behaviours and it led me to think about the behaviours people engage in and how it may impact our dogs. If dogs could call a human trainer here are a few things I think they may say. My human ignores me when he gets home. Dogs often simply need some acknowledgement and attention and they will settle down nicely. Dogs are social animals and they miss…

There are so many sports available to dogs and their owners these days. You and your dog will probably do best at the sports that use your dogs’ natural bred talents, the best part of this is that your dog gets to do what he absolutely loves which will help make him much easier to train and live with. Often, dogs who have a job are much more content and easier to manage. Check out the…

Fetch is all about drive, your dog must be driven to perform a number of smaller skills which make up fetch. The basic skills that makeup fetch are, chase, hold, bring and give. In order for fetch to be successful your dog needs to be driven to perform all of these skills one after the other. Chase Chasing is a forward-moving action, you need to have your dog going forward towards the toy. The best way…

Training a dog is a marathon rather than a sprint. When you first bring your dog home he will take a few years to develop skills and maturity to be able to apply those skills in all situations. In the meantime working on small goals and celebrating the small victories can do so much for your training and your relationship with your dog. Being able to enjoy the small successes means seeing a skill for…

You may wonder why I would be writing about human behaviour on a dog training blog. Our behaviour actually impacts on our dogs more than most people would think, the way you behave around your dog and other dogs can influence their behaviour. Humans have a certain way of interacting with one another that sometimes flies in the face of what is appropriate for dogs. When two people greet they smile, walk straight up to…

If you are out often enough with your dog you will at some time either witness a dog fight or your dog will be involved in one. There are varying levels of fights, I am using the term ‘fight’ to describe anything between a squabble and an all-out attack. Even the smallest of fights can be noisy and will set owners hearts racing. Fight behaviour is also close to play behaviour, for this reason it…

We are spoiled for choice with regard to dog breeds, small dogs, big dogs, hairless dog, hairy dogs, non-shedding dogs, and this is just with respect to how a dog looks. Personality characteristics also vary, from extremely outgoing to cat-like reserved. Then there are all of the mixes of breeds, combining looks and temperament to create a kind of hybrid of two dog breeds. Given the amount of responsibility of owning a dog is these…

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