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March 21, 2016

Dog Nutrition what to feed my dog

1.0 Introduction It is important that dogs receive a balanced diet appropriate to their life stage and, if applicable, workload (Wynn, 2013). There are various manufactured brands of tinned and dried feed, all of which claim to be nutritionally balanced (Pavia, 2015). It is not uncommon to find products aimed at specific life stages (Pavia, 2015). Regardless of choice, it is vital that the dog receives a balance of key nutrients and energy sources necessary for its life stage (Straus, 2006). 2.0 Canine nutrition Protein Amino Acids Amino acids are central to a dog’s health and fitness (Aspca, 2014). These […]
January 10, 2016

Classical conditioning (Clicker training) and videos

Classical conditioning Clicker training is a positive way to train a dog, clickers come in different sizes and shapes, a classic one would be a box with a metal sheet inside and when pressed makes a noise (Click) which is then paired with food. The click is used to mark a good behaviour and then the reward always follows soon after. Clicker training encourages the dog to think and use its brain. Timing is everything in training and if you give the good dog at the wrong time it will give the dog mixed messages whereas with a clicker it […]
December 8, 2015

Dog and Puppy Training, Stoke, Staffordshire

Dog & Puppy Training Classes Dog training is the process of teaching a dog to exhibit certain desired behaviours in specific circumstances. Some examples are: * Teaching a dog basic obedience commands (part of obedience training) * Teaching a dog to perform tricks casually or for circus acts * Teaching a guide dog to lead the blind * Teaching a rescue dog to find victims of a disaster * Helping a hunting dog learn to perform its instinctive behaviors at appropriate times The specific behaviors taught in each case are different, but the underlying principles are similar. The basics to […]
November 29, 2015

Dog Behaviour and Trigger stacking

Trigger Stacking When working with a reactive dog it is beneficial to be aware of the triggers; this is where the dog switches from one emotional response to another (Stewart, 2012). Bob’s triggers are: dogs, scooters, cars and people. It can be difficult to keep a dog with multiple triggers under the threshold, because then trigger staking begins. Figure 1 shows Bob’s walks and triggers over a four day period. He managed to keep under the threshold on day one when he saw dogs and scooters, and on days two and three when he saw cars and scooters. However, on […]
November 28, 2015

China working on impulse control with toys

Impulse control can be fun for you and your dog, but not only this it can help build a bond and also teach your dog some control, it can be used with food and toys and other stimuli.
November 28, 2015

Avoid Table Scraps in Your Dog’s Diet

We have all done it. Our cute, little furry friend is practically smiling at us from beneath the kitchen table. The ears are perked and the tail is wagging. We know what our dog is after. Just a tiny tidbit from dinner would be delightful, right? What could it hurt? It is just a bite or two after all. Hold Fido’s ears he won’t want to hear this. A dog’s diet really should not contain table scraps. People food is just that…for people. A dog’s nutritional needs are not the same as a human’s. Sure, we eat some of the […]
July 9, 2015

Dog evolution and domestication

Contents Introduction 3 Evolution and domestication  4 The likely ancestor of the dog 4 The two main theories of domestication 8 How the dog developed into early breed types 9 Hierarchy systems 10 Conclusion 13 References 14 List of tables Table 1: Canid species, their distribution and chromosome number      6 List of figures Figure 1: Relationship tree of carnivores based on differences in single-copy DNA sequences5 (DTmR) (Wayne, no date).                                  7   Introduction It is widely believed that every canine today can be traced back to the origins of Miacis, a small weasel type animal that existed around […]