Your dog learns all his lessons from his environment. When you reward him for the right actions, you are modifying his environment to reinforce good behaviour. Training a dog positively and effectively requires changes in the setting too – otherwise your dog may not be able to carry his learned responses from one situation to the next.
When a pet goes missing, it’s crucial to act quickly and with a clear plan of action. No pet owner needs to be told of what can happen to a lost pet in the open, but the fact is that worrying will not help your dog and might even hamper your ability to act swiftly or reach out to your pet in a positive way.
Clicker training is a behaviour modification method that draws on the principles of operant conditioning to train animals. It was devised in the mid-1940s but did not become widely known until the 1990s. It is so called because it usually employs a clicker – a plastic box with a mechanical noisemaker which works by clicking – to train the animal.
Psychologists at Lincoln University have been conducting studies aiming to teach children to interact more safely with dogs. Alarmingly, they have found that children very often misread the signals of aggression that dogs send out and they believe that these misunderstandings result in thousands of young children being attacked.
All dog owners must deal with illness at some point in their pet’s life. Like us, dogs can fall sick for a variety of reasons and need special care and treatment. Since your dog cannot verbally communicate their discomfort or symptoms to you, it’s important to educate yourself about how to prevent diseases, learn to [...]