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Robert Parkinson

Dog Trainer 

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Dogs In The Family

Posted on 19 May, 2019 at 20:10 Comments comments (668)

Building mutual respect between a child and a dog in the family.

Parents must firstly put in place and teach the dog and child negotiated household rules and structure. The rights and feelings of the dog must also be understood and respected by the child. The dog is not a mere toy to be played with.

All following suggestions MUST be with parental attendance and assistance.

1. The child with parent  to teach the dog to sit and wai...

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Understanding Your Dog

Posted on 2 May, 2019 at 3:55 Comments comments (425)

Hint 9 - When that dog is pulling you along the street, did you ever stop to realize that it is actually being rewarded for doing so. So what do you do about it.

 

Answer to Hint 9 - As long as you keep moving forward it is going just go where it wants to go as fast as it wants to go. First remember, in order to control your dog you first need to control yourself. Remove the carrot from in front of its nose.The moment the dog gets slightly in front of you,...

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Understanding Your Dog

Posted on 15 April, 2019 at 3:45 Comments comments (117)

Hint 8 - Why do dogs like to jump up on people and what can be done about it? They are basically demanding attention, and they pretty much always get it. They don't even care if it is bad or good attention. The problem is people have caused it themselves probably from their first days on the planet. From tiny puppies, we have picked them up to cuddle them and give them affection. Yes, pretty normal, myself included. But eventually for us we carry it on too long and it becomes an unwant...

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Dog Behaviour Aggression

Posted on 7 April, 2019 at 2:40 Comments comments (400)

Hint 7 - Does your little dog snarl or snap at people when you are carrying it or it's sitting on your lap?


Answer to Hint 7 - Just as we need to develop self confidence, so does a dog. Whether your dog is a small dog or large, they all have the same brain, ways of thinking, same instincts and drives. What makes them different from each other is the way we treat them. A dog constantly nursed, petted and protected, may find it has no confidence in other people o...

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Dog Behaviour Aggression

Posted on 1 April, 2019 at 21:40 Comments comments (121)

Hint 6 - There are 2 types of dominance from dogs, aggressive dominance is obvious to everyone, and is either caused by it's upbringing and environment, or to a lesser extent it's genetic lines. Can you guess what the other type is, which can be even more dangerous.


Answer to Hint 6 - The other is passive dominance, and this is something that builds over an extended period, and the one problem that I spend most of my time with dog owners. Most dogs are continually looking fo...

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Dog meeting a dog

Posted on 23 March, 2019 at 22:50 Comments comments (152)

Hint 4 - Is your dog fearful of meeting other dogs even when you know that they are friendly.


Answer to Hint 4 - The trick is not to encourage your dog to meet at all, just the opposite. You need to meet the other dog, and very very importantly don't at any stage even glance at your dog. So pat and pat and pat the strange dog thinking only of it. The chances are very high that your dog will come up behind you looking for support. Continue to pat and igno...

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Understanding your dog

Posted on 22 March, 2019 at 6:45 Comments comments (124)

Hint 3 - When dogs meet, a wealth of information passes between them through their scent glands between their toes behind their ears above and below their tails together with lots of body language. There is one key signal between them that I look for all the time.


Answer Hint 3 - I mentioned it in Hint 1, It is my equal sign". That is when the two bodies go parallel with each other looking in the same direction. It may only be witnessed for a second or two or it can be exten...

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Understanding your dog

Posted on 20 March, 2019 at 1:25 Comments comments (86)

Hint 2 - Ever wonder why your dog seems remorseful when you come home from work each day only to see the same hole or chewed the pot plants. You tell him off, but they do the same the next day?


Anwer to Hint 2 - Dogs don''t associate the past with the present as we do. So you telling him off after he slinks away again when you come home, only means that he associates you coming home with being told off. You are just ruining a relationship. Timing is crit...

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Meeting a dog

Posted on 18 March, 2019 at 22:30 Comments comments (329)

Hint 1- Dogs like to meet you not for you to meet the dog. Never forget to ask permission first. Don't offer your hand out for a dog to smell it like most people are taught, it could bite it instead. I have been bitten 3 times in 42 years with thousands of dogs in my hands. Once was demonstrating exactly what not to do. So what do you do?

Answer - Stand alongside the dog looking in the same direction, but not looking at the dog. (My equal sign) With hands well away, allow ...

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