What are you getting your dog for Christmas? Goodies or a big Bah Humbug?
A treat for humans with luxury, low-cost and no-cost goodies and ideas here on the podcast.
Training tips for Christmas tricks and the absolute key to stop yourself taking training too seriously! With news from the Doggy Advent Calendar which has been amazingly busy too… see below!
Happy dog chat from the ‘Podcast two’ Karen Wild and Jon Buscall
This week’s topics:
An apology – Karen gets Ci’s name right at last
Karen’s top tips for Christmas
Some ideas that are going to keep your dog busy and you nice and relaxed. We discuss goodies from Dougals Den, with their Gingerbread House foraging toy; Collarways with the Leuchtie light-up collar; and Company of Animals new ‘Bamboozle’. You could win any or all of these on the Intellidogs Advent Calendar! Also how about a decent leather lead – bridle leather is by far the best! The saddler I mention is called Ginny Pestell (Snooty Pooches) and makes bridle leather leads and collars.
A little border terrier Lexie is running a dog coat campaign – here is the sewing dog coat pattern for you and here is the dog coat knitting pattern . I cannot post the address for the person to send them to on here as it will get spammed, but PLEASE email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass the details on.
Teach a trick – Don’t take training too seriously!
Is dog training sometimes a little too technical for it to be useful in real life?
Thinking of training a Christmas trick for my dogs I suddenly thought about the nature of dog training. I had a client told that she must never, ever throw her dog treats on the floor. Another was told never to use ‘human’ food treats with her dog. It made me think, can dog training be a little too technical for real life scenarios and is this what puts people off?
We all know we learn best of all when we are having fun. My tip for this week is to teach a trick to train your dog, and yourself, without any pressure. It’s no fun if you make it too ‘important’ i.e. giving your dog the goal of ‘Sit when a big dog walks by or else’ without making the foundation of this, and indeed the whole of the training, fun and rewarding. You will still get what we call ‘obedience’ but you will get it willingly instead.
What you DO need to remember:
- Consistency is easier if you are thorough. If you haven’t got time, are there short cuts?
- What about words – do we need them at all?
- Treats – does the dog really need treats?
- Toys – should the dog never be allowed toys apart from when training?
- Body language – is this what the dog is really seeing despite all our best efforts?
- If a dog is supposed to only respond to all the above, after loads of training, how come an experienced handler can operate a totally untrained dog?
- What really mucks it up – what can we not do without (we know – socialisation is the answer!)
A good illustration of clicker training as we discuss in the podcast is here:
Hope you enjoy it, get trick training, et me know how you get on, and see you next week! Karen x