Dog Behaviour Class 4

Class learning

Again we covered two topics in this class;

Motivational Techniques

This covered motivation methods of training dogs, looking at the different motivations of dogs including physical, behavioural, play etc. We also looked at different breeds and dog groups – what they were breed for, what motivates them, common issues and things to be aware of or look out for.

Dog Training

This covered what is dog training, why do we do it or need to do it, what are the benefits, what are the most important behaviours to train.

Assignment progress

First assignment was handed in on time woo hoo!

The third assignment is due in on 31st October – yes we still have class on Halloween night! I’ve got about half of it done so will be finished in time for Monday!

The second assignment is due in on 7th November and that will be started once I finish the third assignment.

Reading list progress

Dogs That Bite and Fight – still in progress!

Outside of class learning

As it’s that time of the year where there can be a lot of fireworks you will see a lot of advice trying to be helpful where it states to ignore the dog when it is afraid in case it reinforces and validates the dog fear. Well no need to worry about feeling mean while ignoring your dog during fireworks or thunder – you cannot reinforce fear! Only behaviours can be reinforced, in fact positive interaction and conditioning can change a fearful response to a happier emotion! Check out the useful links below which will explain it much better than I can.

http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/you-cant-reinforce-fear-dogs-and-thunderstorms

http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/theotherendoftheleash/reinforcing-fear-ii-thunder-phobia-iii

And on a lighter note look how adorable this little Lemur is getting weighed!


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6 thoughts on “Dog Behaviour Class 4

  1. I am SO TIRED of reading or being told to ignore my dog when s/he’s scared, that I’m rewarding the fear, teaching them to be more scared / that being scared is good etc…and this little nugget of advice comes from everyone – random old woman walking past on a walk, PR trainers on a fb group, vets – why is this idea still so cemented?? All these poor scared dogs being ignored or dragged closer to the thing that’s scaring them…

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    1. I really don’t know how or why it’s still going around it’s dreadfully sad thinking of fearful dogs being ignored and denied attention or cuddles 😦

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