Canine Services International Dog Training Blog

Overcoming confusion at home

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  Do you ever experience the frustration of family members refusing to enrol in the possibility of your dog becoming a precision trained obedience genius? Do your family members refuse to implement the same expectations as you do, or perhaps even contradict your teachings? If so then know that you aren’t alone – it happens, and we run into it …

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Another dog bite fatality – dog bite prevention lessons learned?

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Sound legislation, responsible canine guardianship and community education form the backbone of any effective community dog bite prevention strategy. Below is yet another tragic story that comes to us from the Philippines. The breed involved in this fatal dog bite incident is reported as being a Belgian Malinios, the same breed as the two  bitches that we currently own. With …

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Failed BSL prosecution costs over $200K?

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  The following is an open letter in reply to an article that appeared in The Age on 27 January 2013. A link to the article in question can be found at the base of this letter. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) has proven to be throughly ineffective community safety and dog bite prevention strategy across the world, in both theory and practice. …

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Oh Heather, really?

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A woman named Heather decided to make a ‘hit-and-run’ post on a facebook page we support before that calls for a common sense approach to legislation, access to and use of pinch/prong collars in Australia. Heather commented: there is nothing fantastic about this barbaric tool, honestly humans can be such morons. The reply you see shared below was posted as …

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Dog laws lack bite – an open letter of reply

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The following letter was written as a reply to the author of a story that appeared on the news.com.au website on December 17th, 2012.  There is a link to the story itself at the bottom of the article. Dear Mark, I write to you today regarding the recent article entitled ‘Dog law lacks bite’ by Mark Buttler and Mitchell Troy. …

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Dogs, Pack Behaviour And The Middle Ground

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No reputable dog trainer will ever tell you that a dog is just a wolf in a gayly coloured furry coat. Equally, no dog trainer worth their salt will try and convince you that considering the evolutionary path from wolf to dog is without worth when discussing dog behaviour. There is a growing movement that claims that dogs are not …

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Selective Suppression For Successful Working And Performance Dogs.

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When raising a sporting, service or performance dog there is a common misconception that inhibiting a dog’s expression of instinct towards one stimulus will have an unavoidable negative effect to all other expressions of that instinct. Consider that if this were true then we would have to let our dogs chase car tyres on the main road, be aggressive to …

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Partial Science Packaged As The Whole Truth And Wrapped In A Healthy Layer Of Guilt.

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Positive reinforcement is only one of four options that a trainer can apply in shaping and modifying behaviour. The higher the skill and experience levels of the dog trainer, the more ability the trainer has to appropriately apply each of the 4 options  in a way that is best suited to the individual dogs temperament, and in a way that …

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Training Your Dog Can Be Cool

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It’s not always easy to maintain your dog’s training in the summer heat, and this is especially so when you are working on/with performance or motivation dependant criteria in your dog. If you talk to people who actively use their dogs for working tasks such as hunting, police or service work, scent detection roles, etc. you come to realise just …

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Welcome to the new website (beta version).

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“Great things happening to start off 2012!”

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