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How to correctly use a clicker or marker

Training Tips with Todd  ~ How to correctly use a clicker or marker

Have you ever been flicking through Facebook and have come across a video of a dog riding a skateboard better than you ever could? Or putting their favourite toy bear in a pram and pushing it along? Then after the video has finished, you wonder, “I wish my dog could do that!”. Well, the good news is, with a little bit of time, they probably can!

Last month we covered how to install a marker such as a clicker or verbal cue with your dog so that you can start guiding and shaping their behaviour. If you followed the steps outlined in our last article and your dog has clearly made the connection between the marker and the reward, you are ready to start using it to train your dog to do amazing things!

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Sports for Dogs

Sports for dogs

If you’ve got a pup with a keen mind to learn or just a lot of energy, you should take a look into some sports your pooch can participate in! You may know of some already such as flyball, herding and even dancing, but the list of other fun activities is almost endless!

Although any sport you choose can be beneficial for any pup, it is good to be aware if your pup gets more out of physical endurance or mental stimulation.

If you were looking for something to stimulate your dogs’ mental abilities, nose work would be top of the list. It’s based on finding hidden scents in different environments, indoors and outdoors, and is great for those short on space. Nose work is great for dogs of all personalities, shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t require extensive obedience.

Tracking trials is another sport that uses ... Click here to read more....

Training Tips with Todd ~ The basics of dog behaviour

If you could communicate with your dog, what would you say to them?

A substantial amount of behavioural problems that arise in dogs stem from the simple fact that we can’t properly communicate with them. Whilst we as humans rely on social queues and cultural context to guide how we act within society, dogs live life entirely within the present moment. Their behaviour can be understood by the following thought pattern.

Stimulus > Behaviour > Consequence

For example, when you are leaving to go to work your dog sees you preparing to leave (Stimulus).

They run to you and jump up, wiping their dirty paws onto your suit pants (Behaviour).

You scold the dog for making your pants dirty, because now you have to change outfit to go to your business meeting (Consequence).

You can see from this example that there is a clear ... Click here to read more....

The Four Main Benefits of Using a Dog Harness

The Four Main Benefits of Using a Dog Harness

A collar or a harness? The debate has been ongoing for a long time. What’s your preference and what have

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you chosen for your dog? If you’re still reluctant about the purchase of a harness you may want to explore the following list of advantages.

Reduced Pressure on the Neck

The harness usually “hugs” the chest of the dog. There’s no pulling on the neck which reduces the risk of possible trauma.

Pressure on the neck is a typical scenario in the case of a dog that pulls vigorously against the collar. This pressure could contribute to breathing difficulties and even anxiety. More anxiety contributes to more pulling, which leads to a vicious cycle.
Physical damage to the neck and the spine can occur rarely as a result of collar use but it’s still a risk to keep in mind. ... Click here to read more....

Bon Voyage Mia!

Mia is leaving her Paddington Pups Family on January 25th for a year in Melbourne to advance her career in Dog Training. It will be very sad seeing her go as she has been a big part of the Paddington Pups team but we are also extremely happy that she was accepted in the course. We are planning for her to return to us in 2014, and we wish her the best of luck! ... Click here to read more....

How to Train Your Dog to Come When It’s Called – Every Time!

“Come” is one of the most important commands that a dog can learn. Dogs that respond quickly and consistently can provide a safer situation than those that don’t. Even if you don’t intend to keep your dog off-leash outdoors, there are many reasons a dog can accidentally get away from you: a collar tears, a leash falls, or a door is left open. Being able to recall your dog quickly can prevent a simple accident from turning into a disaster.

And of course, trusting your dog to come when called also means your pup can safely enjoy off-leash time in safe areas, such as dog parks and beaches – which is way more fun for both of you!

Unfortunately, “come” is a command that many puppy owners overlook. After all, they’re got seemingly more important things to deal with, like toilet training, and their pup is probably always underfoot anyway, ... Click here to read more....

Dog Agility

As you would know, Paddington Pups is a great way to wear out your dog and keep them quiet and peaceful at home, but for some owners with high energy dogs, not even a couple days a week of daycare seems to tire them out. An activity which could be considered as an option for this high energy problem, which is both fun for you and your pooch, are dog agility courses.

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Dog agility is a sport where you (the handler) guide your dog through a series of obstacles is a safe off leash environment. The handler however is not allowed to touch any of the obstacles or use any sort of treat incentives to help out but much learn to control there dog using vocal commands, movement and body signals.

Your dog can begin training for an agility course at any age but is recommended that they start after ... Click here to read more....