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Jess is a passionate and empathetic trainer who firmly believes that prevention is the key using positive- scientifically researched and proven techniques. Having completed her Master’s degree in Social Sciences (MSocSci) majoring in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, she has an in depth knowledge of behaviour and behaviour modification techniques.

Here is Jess’s Top Tip! As a trainer, nothing frustrates me more than owners telling me that they have been told or read that they should not play tug games with their dog as it will teach it to have bad habits and may even cause their dog to be aggressive! Nothing could be further from the truth. Dogs can learn more through playing games with their owners rather than NOT playing games. We teach tug as an excellent outlet for a bored dog, but also, in order to teach impeccable manners. Teaching your dog that they can engage in a game with you as long as they play by your rules, not only establishes a great human/dog bond, it also ensures that you have fantastic control of your dogs behaviour. Tug however is NOT a one way game, and I think this is where the common misunderstandings comes from. Yes, it would be a terrible idea to let your dog get all excited, pulling on a rope and then refuse to give it back, this could lead to bad behaviours developing. But, teaching your dog to relinquish prized items is a must for all young puppies, and resource guarding can be dealt with relatively easily, if caught early enough. By teaching your dog to both grab a hold of an item and then give it back on demand, we can ensure this behaviour can then be generalized to leaving any item alone when asked. The easiest way to train a reliable “leave” behaviour is to reward your dog as soon as they drop the item. To teach this skill play a ‘toy’ game with pup, then when you are ready asking them to leave their end of the toy. If need be, keep your dog on a leash so they can’t run away with the item. We use a high value treat such as the Venison ZIWI® Peak which dogs will do back flips for! Ask the dog to ‘leave’ and then hold out the treat close to their nose, as soon as they leave the toy alone to sniff the treat, reward them with the treat. As training progresses you need to ask your dog to “leave” before you show the treat. Soon your dog will get the idea, leaving the toy alone is just a small pause in the game and not the end of the world, and they will happily relinquish items on command. Now you can use the toy as a reward too, and have lots of fun playing with your dog.

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Free-Range Farming
Ziwi Peak pet food with no grains
No Grains Sugars or Glycerins Added
Raised Without Added Hormones or Growth Promotants