“I normally correct my dog’s behaviour if he does the wrong thing, and now he has bitten someone. What can I do?”

By |2018-10-15T10:41:59+10:00September 21st, 2018|Behaviour Changes, Dog Aggression, Punishment|

Hi Sarah, My dog growls and barks at other dogs when we’re out walking. I’ve been giving him a correction every time he does it (which has worked). The other day he bit another dog and he’s never done that before. Now I don’t know what to do. Please help! Shane P Hi Shane, I believe there are a number of potential issues when using corrections in training. Firstly, when using punishment like corrections, you usually get a suppression of behaviour, rather than a change to the underlying cause of why the behaviour occurred in the first place. Kind [...]

“We have accidentally taught our dogs things we shouldn’t have. Is it too late to change her behaviour?”

By |2018-09-21T14:55:18+10:00July 1st, 2018|Behaviour Changes, Training|

Dear Sarah, We’ve made some mistakes in training when our puppy was young, and taught her some things we really wish we hadn’t. Are we too late to change things (she’s now 3 years old)? Miranda W Hi Miranda, I don’t actually think it’s ever to late to change undesirable behaviour, but it’s important to realise that the longer the dog has been doing a certain behaviour, the longer it’s going to take for them to change. That’s because there’s a number of factors going on here. Firstly, we have behaviour that has become a habit – and a [...]

“Our puppy used to be so well behaved, but now he’s become a nightmare. Have we done something wrong?”

By |2018-09-21T15:04:55+10:00November 5th, 2017|Behaviour Changes, General Information, Training|

Dear Sarah, I’m not sure what’s going on with our dog. We got him at 8 weeks and have had him for 2 months. He’s been great! We’ve been to Puppy Preschool and he did really well. Now, all of a sudden he’s stopped listening, won’t come back when he’s called and just seems really naughty. What are we doing wrong?? Beth M Hi Beth, Firstly, chances are you’re not doing anything wrong. Your puppy has just hit his next developmental stage – the adolescent period. This stage starts at around the 4 month mark (although it can start [...]