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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.

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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 / Ten steps to a better behaved pet

Ten Steps to a Better Behaved Pet

 When a pet behaves badly, the solutions are often frustratingly evasive. The ten essential hints below will show how to make your pet into a better behaved buddy.

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1.   Stop your pet teaching itself bad behaviours

The more your pet rehearses an annoying behaviour, the more likely your pet

will perform it again. So, try to avoid all situations that will create the unwanted behaviour to prevent the wrongful self-teaching of badness.

Try taking the problem away from your pet or, your pet away from the problem

For instance, if your dog barks continually at the front fence, try a midway fence that keeps the dog in the back yard.

If your cat scratches your child when playing, remove the cat from your child by giving your child a feather on a string as a cat toy. The cat's 'spikiness' is directed to the feather not fingers.

2.   Don't try to cure aggression by being aggressive


Dogs which are aggressive are over-aroused. The last thing they want is to be pushed more out of control by being yelled at or hit.

If your dog is aggressive, act like a statue. Let the aggression evaporate and allow the dog to calm down. It won't take long. When it is calm, try a simple command like SIT. Reward the resulting calm behaviour with a GOOD DOG voice or even a food treat.

3.   A dog that barks when you are at work is often bored out of its big brain.waitingforawalk200

Your bored backyard dog will benefit greatly if you provide it with a rich lifestyle while you are away at work.

Try giving Pooch a Kong toy or a roller treat ball stuffed with food or even a frozen bone before you leave. Just be sure any food given is part of its overall diet so you don't create a tubby puppy.

Beagle_Pup_escaping-SML4.   A dog that barks when you are away and also trembles, pants, looks anxious and is destructive may have a serious anxiety disorder.

Be careful.  Your dog has gone beyond boredom and its anxiety is taking over. Treatment relies on giving your dog a rich 'home alone' lifestyle, making 'alone time' part of every day and being cunning in the way you leave the dog when you have to go out. Medication is often needed to stop the anxiety merry-go-round so your dog can learn to be calm.

5.   If your pet has an annoying behaviour, try to minimise punishment.

Punishment is overused and often pushes animals further out of control. Instead, work on a system that creates the behaviour you want and then reward this behaviour so your pet can see more value in behaving than misbehaving. There are ways and means to achieve this!  The use of electric shock collars should be used with great caution as they do little to calm a pet.

6.   Dogs, cats and birds that are fearful or timid have great difficulty learning when they are KIttens Playing_200Smlshowing their fearful behaviours.

Solving fear-based behaviours can be difficult. Don't create the fear and then try to make your pet cope with it. It will learn very little because it is pushed into a defensive (flight) mode, not a learning mode.

Create a situation where your pet will be calm and then slowly introduce the fearful stimulus while still maintaining your pet's happiness. 

Cat in litter tray7.   If your cat stops using its litter tray, be sure it is not suffering from a medical disorder.

Many cats that break their litter tray habits have a lower urinary tract infection causing the behaviour. Visit your vet for testing and if all is well, then seek a behaviour solution.  Clean trays are the first step.

8.   If your dog is annoying visitors, get it away from visitors before they arrive

You will find it too difficult to manage a rambunctious pet and to greet your visitors simultaneously. Place your dog in a comfortable room or Den (e.g. the laundry) with a Kong or bone before the visitors arrive.

Then introduce your pet to the visitors later when you, the visitors and your pesky pooch are ready to deal with the outcomes.

9.   If you have a new puppy or kitten, be sure to take it to a Puppy Preschool or Kitty Kindy.

At a well-run pet preschool your pet can learn to get on with other pets and with people other than you.  The convenor of the preschool will also teach you all about caring for your pet, and share training techniques.

10.  If your cat attacks you, it may be playing. camdaywebsite5

Play behaviour and aggression are very closely related with cats - and both cause bleeding wounds on victim humans! Try giving the cat things to play with that don't bleed!!  A 'fishing rod' made from a bamboo garden stake, a piece of string and a cork with two feathers stuck to it will extinguish the rambunctious energy.

Managing a pet's behaviour can be tough without guidance. Click on the links below that best matches for form of assistance you prefer.

Review questions

  1. What works best for behaviour - rewarding the wanted or punishing the unwanted?
  2. Anxious pets can learn as well as non-anxious pets - true of false?
  3. Name one simple thing you can do that may stop your cat being aggressive.
  4. Where is a good place to put your dog if it annoys visitors?
  5. A dog that barks while you are absent could be bored, anxious or both - true or false?

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