If you want to teach your dog a command you will have to tell him that he has shown the correct behaviour. That has to happen 1-2 seconds after his behaviour in order for him to make the connection and learn. Rewarding correct behaviour can be done with a clicker or your voice and a treat or a toy. When using positive reinforcement your dog will actually feel happy and remember those emotions when using that command in the future. That will help your dog to stay calm and trust you more. This can help you change any underlying negative feelings in your dog that can cause problem behaviour. Using force or pain on your dog may show short term results but it will not make your dog trust you and therefore won’t be obedient in stressful situations, he will only listen to you because he’s scared. Ideally you want to work with your dog and not against him.
A “time out” signal can help your dog to relax as he knows that nothing will happen in this time. He won’t be missing out on anything and all attempts to get your attention are a waste of energy and will therefore stop after a while. To make it easy for your dog and family members to understand when the “time out” starts, place an object out of reach but within sight for the dog. The object has to be something that he usually doesn’t get to see. After the time out put the object away and treat your dog as usual. After a few repetitions it will understand the meaning. You can also combine it with a verbal signal. This can be very useful for demanding and hyper dogs after plenty of exercise has been provided.
450g liver, 450g self-rising flour, 3 eggs and milk/water
180° bake for ca 35 min
Whisk eggs and add an equal amount of liquid into the jar. Blend the liver in a food processor or chop very finely. Mix all ingredients together and fill in a tray. Cut into small dices once cooled down.
They will keep for 3 days in the fridge and for 3 months in the freezer.
1 can of tuna, 4 tbsp olive oil, 1 egg, 1 tsp dried thyme and oregano, 250g cornflour, 150g rolled oats and 50g flour
180° bake for ca 25 min on baking sheet
Puree the liquids well before mixing with the rest. If too dry add the tuna water and/or normal water. Make dough and roll out 1cm thick, then cut triangles.
They will keep for 2 weeks in a tin.
Ideal for Kong fillers.
Boil a sweet potato and mash with the skinned mackerel. Remove any bones.
Fill into ice cube trays and defrost them the day before.
They will keep in the freezer for 3 months and fridge for 3 days.
If you want to use the biscuits for clicker training just cut them really small and bake them less long.
All recipes approved by Zoe the dog!
2 carrots, 1 banana, 200g flour, 100g rolled oats, 50ml oil and water as required
180° bake for 25 min and leave in the turned off oven overnight
Grate carrots and mash banana. Mix all well together and add water if required. Make dough and roll out 1cm thick. Cut squares about 4cm in size.
They will keep for 3 weeks.
My dog will be my best friend whom I share my snacks and my bed with. He will want loads of cuddles and play times but is also happy to relax in his bed. This dog will listen to me even when we pass dogs he doesn’t like. I want an obedient dog that still has personality and can be cheeky and farts in my face when curled up in a tent. He will love going on adventures with me and help me see the world from a different angle. My best friend will teach me how to life in the moment and remind me to be happy. In return I will teach him how to cope living in the city and provide a warm, loving forever home until his last days and hopefully make the last journey a bearable one. I am happy to say I have found that in my dog. Thank you Zoe for being my best friend.