What is “aggression” anyway?

What is “aggression” anyway?

Aggression. It’s a pretty emotive term. It feels awful to be told or accused of having an aggressive dog. But...

Getting away with it

On a recent trip to Perth WA, I noticed some people doing their best to get away with stuff that...

Just say no to on-leash greetings?

There’s a few memes going around advising to “just say no” to on-leash greetings. Largely I agree – if possible, regardless...

We’re moving and our pets are freaking out

Moving house is such a stressful time, and sometimes accompanied by other stressors like changing jobs or loss (death or...

Recall, aka coming when called

I posted about taking the opportunity to do some recall work with Roxy the other day (here if you missed...

Extinction burst, aka it’s going to get worse before it gets better

Extinction burst, aka it’s going to get worse before it gets better

An extinction burst occurs when a previously reinforced behaviour stops being reinforced. That is, something that worked for the dog...

Introducing a dog to a cat (or vice-versa)

Introducing a dog to a cat (or vice-versa)

I did promise some time ago to do something on introducing cats and dogs, and I thought now might be...

Reward delivery

Reward delivery

We sometimes find when we’re training our dogs, they seem to be focussing only on where the reward is coming...

Awareness of self

Awareness of self

It’s important to be aware of what we are doing physically and where we are emotionally when working on training...

Find the right motivator

Find the right motivator

Training is about capitalising on the fact that dogs and cats will do what works for them. So for example...