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Top Tips for Avoiding Separation Distress

1. Crate Training Crates are very popular pieces of equipment these days. I use crates or pens when my puppies are young as places for them to rest during the day (with the door closed) as well as overnight too. My vehicle also has permanent fixed crates for them to travel inside safely when we’re

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Recipes & Training Treat Recommendations

We are what we eat.. and so are our dogs!

On leaving school I began training as a veterinary nurse in a small practice in a big town. Back then I was determined that the ailments which affected the patients that I cared for (such as bad teeth/ obesity/ poor coat condition) wouldn’t ever affect my own. And due to the clever sales & marketing

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Dog Training

PULLING ON THE LEAD FIX!

In this video, I share 4 tips to help with the often asked questioned – how do I stop my dog pulling on the lead? Here’s the information I cover: – Length of lead you’re using – Harness suggestions – Using a double ended lead – My feelings on extendable leads – Long lines #fridayfisherfix

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Dog Training

HOW TO STOP YOUR DOG FROM CHASING YOUR CATS!

In this video, I address the problems that can arise from a life lived with dogs and cats. Here I talk about: – How I feel about ‘stopping’ behaviours – Teaching incompatible behaviours – Teaching a Bed behaviour – Reducing stress levels Some Resources I recommend: – “Crate Games” DVD by Susan Garrett – Treat

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Dog Training

HOW TO STOP YOUR DOG JUMPING UP

Such a common question! Here’s what I talk about in this video: – Social dogs need acknowledgment – Arousal levels in our dogs – Planning in advance of excited greetings – Different types of jumping up – Greeting visitors After more dog training help? Join Gemma’s Fisher Fix FB group and join in the conversation:

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Dog Training

COME BACK! RECALL TIPS FOR SERIAL SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES!

In this video, I have 3 top tips for owners of dogs who are serial social butterflies! The sort that sees another dog in the distance and just HAS to say hello! – Where’s the Fire Voice! – Name Response Clicker Training Game – Distraction Action Recall Don’t forget, these tips need to be taught

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Dog Training

BRINGING BACK STOLEN TREASURE!

Advice for dog owners whose dogs run off with valuable items like mobile phones/ remote controls/ glasses cases etc. – Thinking about your response – Changing your reaction will help your dog bring things back – What’s your tone of voice? – Indoors & outdoors treasure – How good is their retrieve? After more dog

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Dog Training

FETCH! RETRIEVE TRAINING

Following on from my video about Stolen Treasure, here I share some tips about improving your dogs ability to retrieve their toys. – How to get your dog to bring your toy back – Making your toys more special – What does your dog prefer? – Tennis ball lover? – Tuggy rules #fridayfisherfix https://www.facebook.com/groups/fisherfix/

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Dog Training

HOW TO GET YOUR DOG TO SETTLE

This question gets asked a LOT! Here I go through how I teach my dogs to settle, right from when they’re small puppies. – Choosing the time to start your settle training – Where to start your settle training – Difference between ‘Stay’ & ‘Settle’ – Bed training to support your training – Click below

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Dog Training

HOW TO SURVIVE FIREWORKS NIGHT

Blog post links to all of the information contained in today’s video – please do share far and wide so we can keep our precious pets safe this fireworks season! How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Firework Season How To Survive Fireworks Night https://www.facebook.com/groups/fisherfix/ #fridayfisherfix

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Dog Training

WHY DOESN’T USING TREATS IN TRAINING WORK?

Reinforcement works. But LURING does not! Check out this video where I explain a bit more: – Perform the behaviour and then you’ll get reinforced – I think dogs SHOULD get paid in treats – it’s their salary! – But reinforce don’t lure – Do you say the expression “What’s this?” a lot to your

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Dog Training

HOW DO I STOP MY DOG…

When people ask me questions about problems they’re having with their dogs, they’re always posed like this – “How do I stop my dog doing [behaviour]?”. In the video I discuss reframing the question: – Stopping the dog involves punishment – Reframing the question to what can I teach instead? – Training an incompatible behaviour

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Dog Training

FRIGHTENED OR FRUSTRATED REACTIVE DOG?

Walking my dogs is one of my most relaxing pursuits. But if you have a reactive dog then it can be very stressful. Here’s what I talk about in this video: Does your dog bark/ lunge at distractions whilst on or off-lead? Frustrated or frightened? Has your dog had a physio check? Do you need

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Dog Training

5 MUST HAVE DOG WALKING SKILLS!

In this video, I discuss what I believe are the 5 must have dog walking skills and what we need to pay attention to when we’re out walking: 1. Great response to their name! 2. Use a ‘This Way’ cue to change direction (Don’t overuse your dog’s recall cue!) 3. Be clear about what your

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Dog Training

TRAINING GAME: NAME RESPONSE!

In this video, I take you through one of my ESSENTIAL training games. I demonstrate exactly how to do it so you and your dog can play along at home too! – Throw treat – Call your dog’s name – Click when they look at you – Throw out your reward – Repeat until you’ve

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Dog Training

REACTIVE ON THE LEAD?

In this video, I answer a question about why a dog might bark on the lead: – Reactive around joggers/ cyclists and other dogs – Fearful or frustrated? – How do they behave OFF the lead? – What’s the underlying emotion? – Desensitization behaviour modification – Barking is communication! – Are breed traits having an

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Dog Training

BARKING, LUNGING, NAUGHTY DOG? MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Barking, lunging, naughty dog? I had one like that once too! In this video, I describe my journey with my Border Collie, Vodka: – What her behaviour looked like as a puppy – The steps I took to overcome her challenges – Where she came from and her early start – When I started to

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Dog Training

WHAT DOES YOUR DOG ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND?

 Your mission should you choose to accept it…💼💼💼 #fridayfisherfix #testingunderstanding #reinforcementmagic Challenge #1: Inspired by the The Great British Bake Off, dust off your pinny and cook up a storm using one of these recipes http://www.daybreakdogs.co.uk/category/adult-dog-training/recipes/ Challenge #2: Does your dog understand that Sit means Sit? Or can you distract them by holding a

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Dog Training

MAGIC WAND DOG TRAINING!

Your own personal dog training magic wand! #fridayfisherfix You have the power! #fridayfisherfix #wizardofoz This week’s topic is about how you already have the power to change the behaviour in your dog that you don’t like. And I’m going to explain how by talking about reinforcement: – What it is – Where it needs to

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Dog Training

Dog Park Etiquette in a Nutshell

I don’t believe shouting at other people about their dogs behaviour is okay. But I also don’t think puppies or dogs should run up to other dogs without first checking in with their owners. Here’s why.. 1. If my puppy is told off by another dog, then they are likely to be worried about meeting

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Top 7 Dog Chews

Chewing isn’t just a nice thing for a dog to do – it’s an essential part of helping them destress and be relaxed and settled in your home. I like to offer my dogs chews whenever I’d like them to relax and chill out. There’s a big tub of them in my larder, and a

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How to Get Started in Canicross

Image above courtesy of Horses for Courses Photography Today I’m pleased to welcome UK Canicross competitor Emily Thomas as a guest on the blog. In today’s article she’s going to share some of her knowledge on one of her specialist subjects – the exhilarating and exciting sport of Canicross. Canicross – An Introduction The sport of canicross

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Clicker training – where to start?

Clicker training is a positive form of classical conditioning, and one that is hard to imagine modern dog training without. The clicker works in the same way as Pavlov’s bell, it pairs a meaningless stimulus (the click) with something the dogs loves (food or a toy). We can then use this conditioned response to shape

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How To Teach Fetch!

An oldie, but still a goodie. Many dogs enjoy chasing a toy, and being able to do that in conjunction with your human family as part of a game is a lovely way to enjoy a walk together. In order to play the game, our puppy needs to learn a few skills and cues so

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Top 8 Tough Toys for Serious Chewing

What people don’t always realise about teething, is that it doesn’t always finish straight after puppy teeth have fallen out. Quite often young dogs will continue to chew throughout their first year as their new bigger teeth settle into their jaws. And this can be uncomfortable for them 🙁 If you have a serious chewer,

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How Competing Helps Inspire Others

I teach a wide variety of people. Some who are doing agility to give their dog something extra to do other than the daily walk, through to others who love going away to competitions every weekend throughout the summer. Most of the agility competitors I know started ‘just for fun’. And the fun just kept

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Top 3 Dog Harnesses

  I’ve tried many harnesses, and seen many different versions on the dogs that I teach. Not all harnesses are created equal! Many on the market are uncomfortable for the dogs and they dislike having them put on or wearing them. Which makes going out for a walk a misery rather than a joy 🙁

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Recall Training Help & Advice

2 weeks ago we became the owners of lovely Lenny, a 2 year old JRTxPug. We rehomed him from the NAWT centre in Somerset. He’s really good but we would like some help training him with recall so we can build our confidence up to let him off the lead. We’re using a long training

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5 Top Toilet Training Tips!

I have an 8 week old Cavachon but am struggling to get her to stop peeing in her bed and in the house. I’m trying  regular toilet breaks but it’s hard if she is asleep in her crate at night etc. I’m buying the Oder remover spray today and I use a single word when

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You Only Live Once, But If You Do It Right, Once is Enough

I think we all hope that we’ll never reach a point that we have to make a decision about ending our dog’s life. That we will wake up one morning and they will have peacefully passed away in the night. Unfortunately life isn’t always so neat and nice as that. In my experience of old

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Smoked Haddock & Turmeric Soft Training Treats

If you like fish, you might be tempted to eat these yourself – they smelt delicious as I took them fresh out of the oven! However when using for training treats, you might want to have some baby wipes to hand – you might not appreciate the lingering odour after your training session 😉 Ingredients

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Pilchard & Tomato Soft Training Treats

According to my dogs, these treats have a similar potency as the Liver Cake we love to use! Very smelly still, but much easier to clean up the food processor after you’ve finished 🙂 Ingredients 2 x 400g Tins of Glenryck Pilchards in Tomato Sauce 250g Plain Flour 2 Large Eggs Instructions Tip the contents of

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