Dog training has been a huge part of my life for over ten years, in that time I’ve loved helping you and your dogs, thank you for allowing me in to your homes and trusting me with your fur kids. Now it’s time for me to move on to other things. I’m going to leave this doglifetraining site up for the time being so it continues to help people with questions about their dogs’ behaviour. Thank you all again for your support over the years! xo

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Video: Mat Training 101

Mat training your dog can provide you with a tool to use to settle him in any environment. It does take some time though so be patient and treat it as positive time spent with your dog for their behavioural benefit and bond building.

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My Puppy Hates The Crate

I get lots of questions from people all over the world and many recently have been surrounding puppies who hate the crate. Check out my latest video addressing crate training fundamentals on the doglifetraining YouTube channel.

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Lay Down/Drop Part II

Here’s part two of working on “drop” with your dog, have some fun with it. Drop isn’t a critical skill so take your time and allow your dog to enjoy the puzzle.

In other news, I’ve been receiving heaps of questions from all of you which is fantastic, but I can’t get to them all so thought I would address some in video format. Stay tuned, it could be your question I answer.

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Learning From Meal Time Manners

IMG_6337Almost every person who calls me will say the following. “I know my dog can learn fast, I taught him to sit for his meals after only a couple of days. Now, he sits as soon as I pick up his bowl”. Let’s have a look at this scenario and understand why our dogs learn this skill so quickly and how you can apply meal time manners learning pace to other skills.

There are three reasons our dogs learn meal time manners fast, 1) training is consistent 2) location stays the same 3) massive reward.

Consistency. Teaching meal time manners usually occurs at meal times, this means that practice will happen at least once every single day or up to three times every day for years. Continue reading

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