Positive reinforcements: How to train dogs

Positive reinforcements: How to train dogs

- Dogs learn by trying out different behaviour and associating the consequences that arise as a result of that behaviour.- Always end the training on a positive note and reward your dog.Train your puppy for a sitting posture using treats.

Melbourne dog attack leaves man dead and woman badly injured

Melbourne dog attack leaves man dead and woman badly injured

The dog, believed to be an American Staffordshire Terrier, was reportedly taken away in an animal control van about four hours after the attack and euthanised on Wednesday night.

My Gay Dog and Other Animals review – this hump-filled hour is a real slog

My Gay Dog and Other Animals review – this hump-filled hour is a real slog

My Gay Dog and Other Animals (Channel 4) purports to be an examination of the science behind same-sex behaviour in the animal kingdom, but it is, essentially, the kind of segment that might have sustained 10 minutes on Eurotrash, stretched out over one long, hump-filled hour.

How to safely approach a dog you don’t know

How to safely approach a dog you don’t know

Tracy Genever, Head of Education at Blue Cross pet charity, told although it’s difficult to ascertain why hospital admissions have increased, she echoed it is important to notice the warning signs. Experts add it’s important children know how to safely behave around dogs (Picture: Getty).

Puppy School review – cute, but less jeopardy than a Bake Off highlights reel

Puppy School review – cute, but less jeopardy than a Bake Off highlights reel

For four programmes they needed 12 dogs with owners who would still be reliably useless at puppy training at the three-month mark. By the end of training all three puppies have made some progress (for Athena it’s mostly in the weight department; she’s put on another two stone) and their owners have been on a journey.

Adaptil advert for plug in that 'calms stressed dogs' banned over lack of evidence

Adaptil advert for plug in that 'calms stressed dogs' banned over lack of evidence

Despite this, the ASA ruled that the advert led consumers to believe that the diffuser could treat anxiety and behavioural issues in dogs caused by separation from their owners, and that, once the device was plugged in, owners would begin to see results with no further training or instruction necessary.

Millions of dogs in UK left feeling 'frightened and lonely' when home alone warns RSCPA

Millions of dogs in UK left feeling 'frightened and lonely' when home alone warns RSCPA

DogKind poster released with campaign (Image: RSPCA) A quarter of owners went on to confess their working hours make it difficult for them to care for their dog as “they would like” while one in five admitted witnessing signs associated with separation related behaviour.

Dog walker caught smacking pet on owner’s hidden camera

Dog walker caught smacking pet on owner’s hidden camera

Jacqueline Wilkins is filmed striking the dog (Picture: SWNS) Bella the boxer’s behaviour changed after the incident (Picture: SWNS) ‘I was shocked when I first saw the footage because it’s not something I’d have thought I had to worry about from someone who is supposed to love dogs,’ he said.

Happy fur ear

Happy fur ear

While you enjoy a New Year party with your friends and family, do not forget to involve your pooch in the festivities. 5. Time for new training: You can always teach a new trick to an old dog.

Experts warn that shouting at your dog could lead to worse behaviour

Experts warn that shouting at your dog could lead to worse behaviour

But animal experts are warning that yelling is the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to train your dog. Dr. Haywood says it’s important for dog owners to remember that their pets aren’t human, so they’re not going to respond in the same way.

Qualities of a good dog trainer

Qualities of a good dog trainer

A good trainer will use gentle, dog-friendly and progressive reinforcement means instead. But pet parents need to witness the training, so that they also learn how to train their dogs. Learning basic commands like ‘sit’, ‘stay’ and ‘stand’ is just the ABC of dog training.

Is your pet in pain?

Is your pet in pain?

It’s also important to be aware of the subtle signs – so you can recognise when something is wrong with your pet and bring it to the attention of your veterinarian. A more obvious sign of pain is a normally active pet who becomes sedentary, seems depressed, or is reluctant to play.

Petting away grooming anxiety

Petting away grooming anxiety

Not all dogs are scared of groomers, but for some it may be a cause for huge stress. If during this time, he sniffs the grooming table, lets out a big yawn, shakes off or scratches himself; you should know that s/he’s trying to diffuse his stress.

Sorry, but your dog just isn’t that clever

Sorry, but your dog just isn’t that clever

There were also various other tasks looked at in the journal of Learning & Behaviour, such as releasing food with a string and being able to recognise human faces.

Reader Story: How many of us are motivated by selflessness?

Reader Story: How many of us are motivated by selflessness?

Some days, they would have a bite of chicken sandwiches, which he used to bring from his office canteen, on others, it was dog food. Now, out of the furries he befriended, two were his favourites – a female dog with white fur and a male with brown fur.

Yes, your pet dog too can get depressed

Yes, your pet dog too can get depressed

The otherwise happy Charlie, lost interest in everything—his eating habits changed, he hardly bothered to go out for a walk and looked forlorn most of the times. Just like humans, the eating habits of dogs change when they get depressed.

Your canine friend can help reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

Your canine friend can help reduce ADHD symptoms in kids

"In addition, the fact that parents of the children who were in the CAI group reported significantly fewer problem behaviours over time than those treated without therapy dogs is further evidence of the importance of this research," Schuck added.

Anger management

Anger management

But aggression can be prevented if you start early socialisation and basic obedience training for your dog. • Dominance: Normally displayed towards other dogs, your pooch might become aggressive towards humans if he views them as part of his pack.

Dog destroying things? This is what they’re trying to say

Dog destroying things? This is what they’re trying to say

They can be very stressful for many, who spend their time actively avoiding dog contact or even showing aggression.Only dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs should be taken to parks — and even then human supervision at all times is needed (it is never OK to leave them while you get a coffee).Dr Julie Ashton and her dog Loulou.Source:Supplied4.

Dogs vs cats: the smarter pet revealed by scientists

Dogs vs cats: the smarter pet revealed by scientists

Picture: ThinkstockSource:ThinkStock“I believe the absolute number of neurons an animal has, especially in the cerebral cortex, determines the richness of their internal mental state and their ability to predict what is about to happen in their environment based on past experience,” neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel from Vanderbilt University says.Dogs had the most neurons of any carnivore — even though they didn’t have the biggest brains.