How smart are Dogs?

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How smart are Dogs?
Dogs have long been man’s best friend, living as our domesticated companions for as long as 30,000 years. They do remarkable things. They follow complex instructions to herd sheep, they guide blind people through crowded city streets, they detect cancer and other diseases, and they seem to pay close attention when we talk to them.
Of course, we all know that our own pups are well above average intelligence, but just how smart are they really? People like their kids to be smart, and they like their dogs to be smart, but at the Yale cognition centre, Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology who directs the centre says. “Some people will call and sound apologetic, saying, ‘I’d like to bring my dog in, but he might be too dumb.”
“According to Dr. Brian Hare, professor of cognitive neuroscience at Duke University, author of the book “The Genius of Dogs,” says “What really has happened in the last 10 years is that we’ve learned more about how dogs think than in the previous 100 years,” There have been a lot of big discoveries … Dogs are very distinctly different from us genetically, but psychologically, they are more like us than some of our more closely related, more genetically related primate relatives.” Read the rest of this entry »

Why train your dog?

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Q: Why Train Your Dog?

A: Like the rest of your family and your dog is most definitely part of your family, you want him or her to be a friendly, well-behaved dog that you can take anywhere without risk or bother to others. A dog, who behaves well in a crowd, has good manners when guests visit your home, is reliable around children, and who does not lunge, bark at, or threaten other dogs or passers-by in the street, on the beach or in the park. Read the rest of this entry »

Why “obedience training?”

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Q: Why “Obedience training”?

A: Suburban living and laws have restricted our dogs from roaming more freely, so we have to put up with them digging, barking and running a path in the lawn. Obedience training is perhaps the more sensible way to channel these canine activities and get them to become well behaved within the restrictions they find themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Join A Club?

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Q: Why join a club? 

A: It’s where the trainer gets trained.

New trainers need to learn about the training equipment, how to fit a choke chain correctly, how to hold the leash, footwork, body language, commands and much more.

Obedience training should, amongst others, also teach how to teach the basics, when to click and treat, how to praise or to correct, to be consistent in training and the importance of timing.  Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Praise My Dog?

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Q: How must I PRAISE my dog? 

A: A very important aspect of training is rewarding good behaviour. It stands to reason that the more times the dog is rewarded the quicker he will learn. That is why we must create situations where the dog can be praised repeatedly for good behaviour.

It is also important to remember to organise training with increasing levels of difficulty so that the dog can be praised. We are also often inclined to notice bad behaviour rather than good behaviour. We do not praise our dog for quietly chewing a hoof or bone, but go berserk when he chews your slipper.  Read the rest of this entry »

Why A Food Treat?

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Q: Why food treats?

A: Rewarding your dog for good behaviour helps to keep him happy and sharp. Food treats can be a very effective aid in dog training if used responsibly as part of a properly planned obedience programme. This is especially true of puppies. Using food treats work because you do not have to convince a dog that he loves food. Since you control the dog’s food, you become more powerful when it comes to motivating your dog to work for you. The choice is between giving the food for free or make him work for it. Read the rest of this entry »

How Do I Administer A Treat?

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Q: How do I administer the food/treat?

A: When we start to train our dogs we firstly need to train them to pay attention to us. If the dog does not pay attention to you, you cannot train it anything. When a dog is on a leash and is called, it is expected to look at the trainer.
Teaching the dog to accept food, preferably from the mouth or near the mouth, means that you will have the dog’s undivided attention and he will be looking into your face. All new dogs must go through a period of attention getting exercises. The method depends on the breed and age of the dog, but it is ideal for puppy training. Read the rest of this entry »

What Are Calming Signals?

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Q: What are Calming Signals? 

A: Although dogs are pack animals that live according to a system of hierarchy and will often try to assert their dominance when given the chance, it is quite obvious that most dogs do not spend the majority of their lives involved in conflict and that even in wolf packs serious fights are rare. In fact, dogs spend most of their time using body language to signal that they are not looking for a challenge, so putting other dogs at ease and maintaining peace within the pack and, if well-socialised, with outsiders as well. By studying how dogs interact freely with one another, it is possible to identify ten clear “calming signals” which dogs use to avoid conflict or placate those around them. Being familiar with these signals can help dog-handlers and owners to know when their dogs are agreeable to something and also when they are feeling stressed or threatened, making training and socializing more effective. Calming signals can also be used by owners and trainers to modify/eliminate unwanted behaviours in their dogs. The ten calming signals are as follows:  Read the rest of this entry »

How To Become Pack Leader?

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