Dogs


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Dr Kate Mornement is a highly qualified dog behaviourist and trainer. Kate specialises in providing in home and virtual consultations to help you resolve your dogs training and behaviour problems.

Modern life can be challenging for pet dogs and many develop behaviour problems. These days, many dogs spend the majority of their day confined to our homes and/or backyards with little stimulation.

We expect dogs to be friendly to every person and dog they meet and some of us find normal canine behaviour, such as barking, digging and chewing, unacceptable.

Behaviour problems often occur when a dog’s physical, emotional and social needs are not being met.

Common Behaviour Problems:

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  • Separation Anxiety
  • Aggression towards people
  • Aggression towards other dogs
  • Resource guarding
  • Coprophagia (eating stools)
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Pulling on lead/lead reactivity
  • Disobedience
  • Toileting problems
  • Jumping up
  • Excessive barking
  • Fears and phobias

Dogs are highly intelligent and social animals. Despite no longer needing to work (in most cases) they retain the instincts and behavioural characteristics they were originally bred for. Dogs need companionship, opportunities to engage in normal canine behaviours and ongoing training and socialisation. They also need a nutritious diet and regular check ups at the vet to remain physically and behaviourally healthy.

 

Ongoing training & socialisation:

Dogs are learning 24/7 and training should begin on the first day you bring your new puppy (or adult dog) home. Dogs are not born knowing how to live within our society. Rather, these are skills we need to teach them. It’s up to you to teach your dog desired behaviour.

Current science supports the use of positive reinforcement training as the most humane and effective method for teaching dogs desired behaviour. When researching obedience training schools choose one that uses positive reinforcement.

Positive reinforcement training involves providing something the dog likes (e.g. food treats, praise and play) as a reward for desired behaviour. Choosing reinforcers (rewards) your dog really values will help you get the best result from training.

If you need help to resolve your dog’s behaviour problem please call or email Dr Kate, via the Contact page, for a quote.

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