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Easy Step by Step Dog Training!


These articles collectively deal with many aspects regarding how to get good behaviour from your dog.

Included is the Leave Routine - one of my favourites - and a whole swag of information on Attention Seeking behaviours.  Here you will also find information about our Small Group Dog Training Classes.

There are some unique techniques here and all based on minimising punishment.

Have fun!

Dr Cam's Podcasts on

How to Get Good Behaviour from Pets

Cam and Dog

Introduction to How to Get Good Behaviour

Cam and DogSeven steps to get good behaviour

Cam and Dog Why is my current pet so different to my last one?

Cam and Dog The effects of nature and nurture

The Art of Dog Training!

pawprint  The First Critical Step -Assess Your Dog's Behaviour!!

pawprint  Good Behaviour Starts here

pawprint  Ten Steps to a Better behaved pet

pawprint  IQ Test Your Dog

pawprint  Changing Moods

pawprint  Bad Habits

pawprint  Back to School

pawprint  Enrol Your Dog in Dr Cam's Small Group Training Classes

pawprint  Some basic obedience commands

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pawprint  Bridging

pawprint  Hide and Seek

pawprint  Loose Lead Walking

pawprint  Puppy Push Ups

pawprint  Shake Paw

pawprint  Stand

pawprint  Stay

pawprint  Targeting

pawprint  Come

pawprint  Getting Good Behaviour from dogs

pawprint  Talk like a dog

pawprint  The Bad Dog-Good Dog Routine

pawprint  Leave it alone pooch

pawprint  Attention seeking menu

pawprint  Energy To Burn

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Behaviour / Dog Behaviour Solutions / Dog training / Bad habbits

Bad Habits

Why do we love pets when their behaviours can sometimes be so annoying?

Let's talk about the solutions to problem behaviours.

The Kelvinator Masticator

The first case is that of 'Skippy - the Kelvinator Masticator'. Skippy, a Fox Terrier, spent most of his waking hours chewing the door of the refrigerator in the kitchen. This strange behaviour was a Compulsive Disorder - a condition that I see more in terriers than any other breed. Compulsive disorders are Sad_dog_at_fence-SMLbehaviours that occur repeatedly and which are often harmful to the animals involved. While chewing refrigerators is unusual, a more common obsession in pets is circling and tail chasing.

Compulsions are usually seen in dogs that are over excitable or hyperactive. Dogs like this almost never rest. The compulsions often start because the dogs need 'brain fodder'. These dogs are too active for their own good and when nothing else satisfies their needs, the dogs' tails are always hanging around.

Solutions for tail-chasing, circling and fridge-chewing dogs, and other compulsive disorders, always involve providing other activities to give the brain some 'work'. Boredom is the greatest evil for such dogs. Obedience training and any form of aerobic exercise that involves some brain challenge, such as 'fetch' and 'hide and seek', are vital.

Distraction should also be tried. Immediately the dog starts its compulsive behaviour, give it something else to do instead. However, you can forget punishment because the dog is not in a mental state where it will understand what the punishment is for.

While the above techniques are vital, a better response is achieved if medication is used. New types of medications are now available which are often effective at reducing these compulsions but they must be combined with some form of training to modify the pet's behaviour.

Contents of the next page (membership required)

1. Tom the Teddy Tickler - solutions for cats that 'love' plush toys that vibrate

2. Love Struck - solutions for dogs that have separation anxiety

3. Zoro the Malamute - solutions for serious dog aggression

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