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Dog psychology is an important aspect of training. Knowing how your dog thinks will help you to train by taking advantage of pre-existing instincts.

We covered how the dog can be controlled on the lead using its natural inclination to scent. Each breed has its own strengths and weaknesses, which can be used to your advantage when you teach your dog to perform for you.

An example: A Collie is used for herding sheep, but its temperance will be useful in agility work as it is very careful to watch its masters mannerisms.

In practice: I was climbing Ben Nevis with Bonnie and I pointed to my left when a couple were coming down the path. As we met the girl asked: “Did your dog move over when all you did was point?” I replied yes.
This is psychology at work!


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Psychology for a dog includes its needs for shelter, sleep and food. Next it needs to work (or play), track, scent other dogs and map its hunting area to fill those needs. Our interactions with our dog should give it peace and fulfilment. In this way its psyche is in balance. Our development and our dog's development are also in balance.

Learn from your dog how to work, relax and play.

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