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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about dogs with separation anxiety
    is your dogs way of dealing with stress and anxiety and it is your job to recognise that and do something about it You need to reassure your dog that being left is OK and that it in fact can be quite a positive experience By reassure I don t mean have a soppy voice and cuddle them close feeling sorry for them I mean training them to understand that being left alone is a good thing a nice experience Start from scratch Do everything that you normally do when you are going out put on your jacket get your keys and mobile turn the heating down put the lights out in the kitchen what ever your routines are do that Walk out of the door and close and lock it behind you Wait for circa a minute and then go back inside again take of your jacket put the lights on again turn the heating up and do something relaxed read a book watch TV start dinner do the dishes but don t make a big fuss of the dog when you enter the door a quick pat on the head or a hello and just get on with what you are going to do dishes read a book etc Repeat this exercise as many times as you can muster every day but with at least half an hours break in between each exercise After a couple of days you can start expanding the time you are out of your home First few days 2 minutes the following days 3 minutes and so on This is to teach the dog that you will come back soon and that there is no need to get excited That is also the reason that you should not make a big fuss of

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/alone.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about dogs that get travel sickness
    dog books Links DogBasics Facebook page DogBasics Instagram DogBasics Google page DogBasics Twitter page DogBasics Blog DogBasics YouTube channel DogBasics Intermediate class in group stay DogBasics Fun Day 2013 playing the Sharks game Galu Border Collie on Cart Gap beach a tired Barney Labrador X DogBasics Fun Day 2012 egg n spoon race Galu Border Collie and Woody Lab playing Dogs that get travel sick If your dog suffers from motion sickness drools or throws up in the car there are things you can do to ease his suffering How to train a dog to cope with car journeys Sit in the car engine turned off It is a great idea to sit with him in a stationary car and just get him used to the environment Maybe bring a filled Kong with you that he can munch on in the car whilst you read the morning paper Repeat daily until he is relaxed going into the car Sit in the car engine on When you ve done this often enough for him to be relaxed and happy to jump into the car with the engine off you go through the same process all over again but this time with the engine on The car is still stationary though Repeat daily until he is happy jumping into the car Short journeys walk home Once your dog is happy going in the car with the engine running it is time for short fun trips First of all you should make really short journeys to the dogs favourite places and not to in their eyes bad places like the vets groomers kennels etc You want to make sure the car journey ends with a positive association that will eventually spill over on the car journey itself Ideally you want to drive to

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/travelsickness.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about dogs that have noise phobias
    it to these noises using a noise CD Just search for noise CD on Google and you ll find several options I would also suggest you find a local trainer or behaviourist who will use reward based training methods for help in training with the CD to get the best result Noise phobia In the weeks leading up to the November 5th celebrations and new years many people are understandably worried about their pets reaction to fireworks If your pet has previously shown fear to these noises once the season for fireworks is over you should speak to our behaviourist about starting a desensitisation programme to ensure your pet does not start to become fearful of other related sounds such as a car backfiring etc BEFORE THE EVENING STARTS Feed your pet a meal rich in carbohydrate with added vitamin B6 mid to late afternoon so his stomach is full over the evening Obviously if the pet is prone to diarrhoea when frightened stick with his usual meal If you need further advice on suitable diets please contact your local vet Have a darkened room ready at sundown this makes sure that he does not develop fear of anything else such as the flashing lights that accompany the noise Provide some toys for your pet and something to occupy yourself whilst you keep her him company Be sure that the environment is safe and secure at all times and that the pet cannot escape and bolt with fear Put some music on preferably something with a loud drumbeat if the pet can tolerate it It will act as a distraction from the noise outside IF your vet has recommended sedative drugs for the evening make sure they are given well before the start of the fireworks to make sure the

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/noise.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about over excited and hyper active dogs
    are disappointed in her not being excited enough and so the negative circle is formed where she gets more and more excited and you get more and more angry In situations like this we have to show our dogs what calm and collected leaders we are and brake the bad circle with new reactions to the doorbell To deal with this kind of problem I ve listed a few exercises below that you can do 1 When the doorbell rings When the doorbell goes do not immediately rush up to answer it take your time get some nice treats for your dog try very calmly to get her away from the door by offering her the treats If she seems interested in the treats they have to be irresistible to her you can throw them out at random over a floor in a room away from where the guests will come in It is important that she doesn t get any backup for her excited behaviour by having her pack you her family rush to the door every time she barks or starts revving up You should be very calm and not make a big fuss over any guests coming through your door Ask your guests maybe you can put a note on the door to ignore your dog when they come through the door I know that can be difficult to do when she is jumping up and nipping them but ask them to do their best Once they have walked around in your home for a while letting your dog collect herself and they settle down on your sofa make sure they have a treat in their hand and ask them to tell your dog to sit down in front of them When your dog sits down she should get the treat These exercises are meant to calm your dog down and to teach her that she will get rewards when she is calm and sitting down rather than when she is jumping and biting Ignoring a dog is one of the harshest thing you can do to them so by ignoring your dog when they walk though your door your guests are in affect saying I don t like your behaviour and I will not give you any notice Once she is displaying a behaviour that they do like sitting down calmly in front of them she gets the reward in shape of a treat toy or verbal praise If you decide to give her verbal praise be careful so that you don t get her all worked up again with your voice Keep your voice low and calm when you praise her It can also be beneficial to teach your dog more general self control to show her the benefits of a calm and collected behaviour If she gets paid repeatedly for sitting and watching you she ll try the behaviour more often 2 Eye contact You can train this exercise at any time in any

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/excited.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about dogs that chase
    distraction around him children running TV blaring hubbie cooking a meat dish in the kitchen the cat sitting on the sofa Start on an easy level and build him up to bigger and bigger distractions You have come a long way when you can have someone playing with the cat in front of your dog as you work with him on his stay Please read our article on how to teach a dog to stay 2 Keep your dog mentally tired Your dog could be chasing your cat because he s not getting enough mental stimulation I think training the dog in search is an ideal exercise Search exercises are the easiest things you can do It tires the dog completely both mentally and physically and you will get a happy and content friend that will be more attentive It is also a joy to watch the dogs weave across a field nose held high and tail wagging determinedly We ve got 2 articles on tips for activation activation tips 1 and activation tips 2 and you could also read about balancing exercises 3 Don t leave your dog alone for too long If you leave you dog alone at home every day for more than 4 6 hours per day I can guarantee you that it is part of your problem Most dogs will sleep and build up energy most of the time that you are gone This is acually the root to a lot of behavioural problems like tearing furniture to treads scratching doors eating everything in sight intensive barking etc As a rule a dog should not be left alone for more than 4 6 hours per day in total Because they are pack animals they have an inherited need to be with their pack and especially their pack leaders that s you I know that it is very hard to meet that demand trust me I ve been there but we all want what is best for our dogs don t we You might be able to find a dog sitter dog day care or a dog walker on UKdogsitters co uk If you can t find someone suitable there maybe there is a kind pensioner in your street that could have the dogs in his her home during your working hours He she wouldn t necessarily have to walk the dogs he she might not be strong enough to hold them but could let the dogs do their toilet in the garden during the day The most important thing is not the exercise its the companionship 4 Is your dog healthy Although the reason for your dog to chase your cat is most likely an inate behaviour sometimes they do it for pain relief If your dog is suffering pain or discomfort he ll be rewarded for chasing the cat by the endorphins that starts pumping around his system When faced with a major stressor the body s biochemistry instantly hurtles into a ready mode

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/chasing.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about basic obedience exercises for dogs
    train your dog or your puppy State of mind First of all only train when you are in a good mood If you have a head ache if you are tired in a bad mood or upset in any other way then leave the training for another day You want to be able to focus on the task at hand with 100 of your attention Book off enough time When you set out to do a bit of dog training don t have alternative motives with your trip out going to the news agent for the paper visiting a friend taking the bottles to the recycling bank etc The problem with alternative motives is that you can easily get stressed and loose your training mode if the training doesn t progress as fast as you had expected If you for example have booked off 20 minutes to teach your dog to walk nicely on lead whilst going to the news agent for the morning paper and know the trip to the news agents normally takes 10 minutes so you thought giving your dog double that time would be sufficient when 20 minutes have passed and you have only got half way I wouldn t be surprised if you ll start building up a bit of an attitude to your dog But it isn t your dogs fault it is yours for having a second motive with your trip If you had set off on your walk with the sole intent to train your dog not to pull on lead then maybe you would be getting somewhere and you d be able to keep in a better mood Short repeated sessions You are more likely to be successful in your training if you do lots of short sessions Training for 2

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/basics.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about how to reward your dog
    when training their dog It is a such a shame because it gives a new dimension to a lot of dog owner relationships For example when your dog is successful in a search for a toy raise your voice and congratulate him her as you would congratulate someone who just won a million pounds If you are setting your dog on a trail be secretive and whisper to him her as you let them go out on the trail If you are training obedience and your dog has a problem with concentration let your voice sing talk to your dog in a conspiring voice for a few seconds and then surprise him her by talking fast at a high pitch Put in some pregnant pauses and you will soon see some results Don t be afraid of using your voice and talking to your dog rather than using physical force If your dog is loosing interest in you and start focusing on another dog in the park for example a simple hmmhmm could be sufficient for the dog to remember where he she should be focusing Try it Using your touch This is probably the most sensitive of the rewards Some dogs don t like physical contact so if you have doubts go with one of the other options Some people give their dogs heavy slamming pats to their sides this is an especially frequent behaviour with men Now I happen to believe that we should try to work as much as possible with the dogs natural behaviour in mind and I can t think of any normal dog or wolf situation where they would get heavy banging to their sides other than during boisterous play On the other hand it would be quite a natural situation to get a stroking pat along their sides or back as that would resemble their mothers licking when they were puppies Another thing to think about is not to pat your dog on the head from above A lot of dogs really dislike it some even find it petrifying So try to reward your dog with stroking motions over the neck back or sides and not to tower over him her too much while doing so Using a toy If you are lucky enough to have a dog that is mad about toys or at least a toy it will make your training so much easier Using a toy will save you from the problems of your dog putting on weight which can be hazardous A toy can be thrown and it can be seen from a distance A tip is to put the favourite toy away when you are not training Make those training sessions extra special by taking down that favourite toy down from the shelf as you go out for your training When you come indoors again put the toy back on the shelf Your dog can have other toys to play with indoors but make the training toy extra

    Original URL path: http://www.dogbasics.co.uk/articles/praise.html (2016-02-08)
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  • DogBasics.co.uk article about stay exercises for dogs
    on the ground by continuously praising him If his bum comes off the floor then simply give him a little warning noise such as ap ap ap or aj aj aj and move towards him again If his bum then hits the floor again by his own accord not by anyone pressing it down after your warning noise PRAISE HIM INSTANTLY He stopped the unwanted behaviour lifting his bum of the floor and started a wanted behavior again staying with his bum to the floor Too often I hear people demanding their dog to STAY with a dark demanding voice although the dog is already sitting there in a perfect stay This is the moment to praise them not threaten them But my dog gets up when I praise him The argument that your dog will get up if you praise him doesn t work That only happens because you ve taught your dog that you only praise him when his work task is finished not when he is doing something right This is easy to re train but you ll have to start at scratch Don t recall from a stay I would also suggest you not recall your dog from a stay until your dog is so secure in his stay that you can walk a couple of dogs right in front of him without him getting up Make it a routine to ALWAYS go back and reward your dog where he is This will help him remain in place If you mainly call your dog from a stay he s be sitting there just waiting for that release when he can shoot off after you and your treat If he knows that he won t get his reward until you return to him he can sit down and relax in the stay You should also have a little think of what it is you are rewarding if you recall your dog from the stay You are not rewarding a stay are you You are in fact rewarding a recall Basic Stay Exercise Ask your dog to sit praise him nice and calm praise don t go too wild when he does and give him a small treat Have the next treat ready when you give him the first treat and feed him the second treat as you take a step to your left or right still praising him Make sure the treat is given to your dog where he is sitting be careful not to hold it in front of him in such a way that he has to stretch himself to reach it his bum might leave the floor to reach the treat and that defeats the object of this exercise Keep treating and moving around to the sides and backwards from your dog You are teaching him to sit stay to him that should mean leave your bum on the floor no matter what is going on around you and you ll get paid for

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