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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

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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 / Changing moods

Changing Moods

If you want to change your pet's behaviour, why use harsh techniques when gentle ones will work better?

hi5What does the rip-top from a cat can and your postie have in common? They are both expert pet trainers.

For instance, Rumbles the Burmese quickly learnt that food was likely to materialise in her bowl when she heard the characteristic ripping, splitting sound when her owner opened Rumbles favourite can of food

The noise and food were regularly linked together so she quickly learnt that if she ran to the kitchen when she heard the noise, her behaviour was rewarded with food.

The postie, on his motor bike, is also a good dog trainer. Just ask Gizmo, the Bearded Collie. Gizmo knows that if he barks at the postie, the postie always 'runs away'. In reality, the postman is just continuing his normal route. By 'running away', the postie positively rewards Gizmo's barking. Gizmo thinks the bark-and-chase routine is a real hoot. To him, the whole scenario is joyful - so why not continue? His owners are not so sure.

For Rumbles and Gizmo, the can opener and the postie are agents of positive reinforcement. These 'agents' train each animal, progressively, to perform a particular behaviour.

But did the postie example make you think - just for a moment? You could argue that Gizmo is scared by the appearance of the postie and that by barking at it, the unpleasantness of the postie is removed. That's actually negative reinforcement - where a behaviour is strengthened when something unpleasant is removed when the behaviour is practiced.

That's confusing!


You can use reinforcement in many practical ways to change your pet's behaviour for the

When you reinforce a pet's behaviour, the behaviour becomes stronger and is more likely to occur again. Reinforcement is a very strong training and behaviour conditioning tool. There are two forms - positive and negative reinforcement.

Positive reinforcement is where the performance of a behaviour results in a pleasant outcome. Of course, Gizmo's owners would much prefer that Gizmo had positively reinforced a better behaviour than his annoying, frantic and incessant barking at the postman!

Negative reinforcement is different. It is where your pet strengthens a behaviour by moving away from, or avoiding, an unpleasant stimulus.

For instance, if you are speeding down a freeway doing 120 kilometers per hour but the speed limit is 110 kph what happens when you see a police camera car parked on the side of the freeway?

You immediately lift your foot from the accelerator and feel relieved as you slip past at 109 kph, thus avoiding an embarrassing fine.

The police camera car negatively reinforces your 'driving under the speed limit' behaviour.

Contents of Next Page (Membership Required)

 1. Positive Reinforcement in Action - Jessie the Terrier - the teeth-gnashing terror

2. The difference between positive punishment and negative punishment - which one should you use?

3. Negative punishment and noise phobias

4. 'Fur Ball' and the Vege Patch how to keep cats away humanely

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