Private consultations, dog and puppy training, done at home
Amanda vd Walt
Registered canine behaviourist & trainer | Basic & advanced canine ethology
Member of the SA board for companion-animal professionals
Excessively or for no apparent reason. – Holes in the garden; along a wall, at the gate, in flower-beds or random areas. – Forbidden household items, garden equipment, furniture, kids’ toys. – Lacking training, marking, senior dogs, environmental stress.
Doesn’t listen, difficulty in training, unresponsive. – On owners or visitors; excessive excitement during greeting or play. – Endless energy, always around your feet, jumping up, neediness.
Towards humans or other animals; family members or strangers – With the other dogs in their pack, dogs at the park or reactive during walks. – Shown towards the owner or others, growling, staring. – People or other animals; strangers, visitors or family members.
Stressed behaviour around new people, animals or places, snappy. – Will do anything not to be alone, keeps owner in sight, over-excited greeting. – As an emotional state to an event or lifestyle; lacks motivation, disinterested.
Cultivating obedience in positive ways encourages a willingness to listen and respond, and resulting good manners. Good general obedience and healthy bonding results from the use of interaction that’s understood by the canine brain.
Basic commands such as ‘sit’ ‘come’ ‘stay’ & ‘down’ will help you to have better management of your puppy’s or dog’s behaviour at home as well as in public places. Use commands to ask your dog to sit and wait patiently as you prepare a meal, to come over when called instead of ignoring you or to stay put when needed.
A stress-free walking routine is beneficial for almost any behavioural issue as well as for mental and physical health. Leash-training is highly recommended for both dogs and puppies. Essential socialisation occurs naturally and at a normal pace during stress-free (no pulling) walks.