Milo's Dog Training

Dog training in Hampshire, Surrey & Berkshire


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Lead Aggression. Part 2: Concentration Skills and Stress.

This is the second part from a series of posts on lead aggression. Please read “Lead Aggression. Part 1” first.

Since I’ve been writing a lot about focus, concentration and stress, I will just briefly summarize the main points. Improving concentration will involve some actual training and exercises, while stress management will be focused mostly on lifestyle adjustments. I believe, that the easiest way to deal with dog behavioural issues is to create such an environment, which will set the dog up for success.

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Not all treats are created equal: role of treats in dog training

Treats used in dog training can have different value for dogs. Of course, if your dog is like Milo, he or she will greatly appreciate even the tiniest bit of a rice cracker. Some dogs just love food, whereas some are completely indifferent to it. For instance, my parents’ dog, a border collie named Daisy, can easily pass by a bag of groceries. Milo, on the other hand, works as a full-time vacuum cleaner in our house.  To be honest, I am so used to him picking up crumbs that I never bother to pick up, when I drop something on the floor.  Anyway, all kinds of dogs, “foodies,” “picky eaters” and every type in between, can distinguish treats of different values.  Understanding value of treats adds another reinforcement instrument to our toolbox.

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