5 Easy Dog Training Tips – Dog Behaviour

德国赛车Easy dog training tips to help you gain the best relationship with your dog. Our natural canine behaviourist, Caroline Spencer, gives you her 5 easy dog training tips to help you solve separation anxiety, barking, jumping up, recall, and lead pulling.

  1. Separation Anxiety
  2. Barking Dogs
  3. Jumping Up
  4. Recall
  5. Pulling on the Lead

Feeding your dog a great species specific diet with low to zero carbohydtrates may help when modifying your dogs behaviour

It is important to remember that your dog is constantly telling you how they feel through their behaviour. Our guide, Understanding Dog Behaviour – The Basics, has been created to help you understand your dog’s little nuances, which indicate how they are feeling. 

Separation Anxiety or ‘The Velcro Dog’

德国赛车The first step to solving your dog’s separation anxiety is to practice not looking at your dog whilst you move from room to room. A look and a walk away is recall and stick by me.

Dog training tips for separation anxiety
Easy dog training tips to help your dog cope alone

The solution

  • Stand up, look out the window and sit down again
  • Gradually expand on this, moving further away each time
  • Avoid eye contact. Eyes mean engagement
  • Place your palm on their side after each movement, the ‘calm hold’

More here in my guide, Understanding Separation Anxiety and How to Stop It

Barking Dogs

Dogs always bark for a reason, whether they are demanding attention or alerting you to a threat.

Dog barking on a walk sitting on a tree stump
Help your dog reduce their barking with our top tips below

The Solution

  • Acknowledge with a word. I like to use “Gotcha,” but you can use any word you like. Consistency is key
  • Move your dog away from what triggered them and they will focus on you, rather than the trigger and evaluate at a safe distance.
  • If they are barking at you for attention. Walk away and give no attention.

Top tip德国赛车 – Actions are more important than words in the early stages.

Understanding Barking and How to Stop It

Jumping Up

Dogs jump up if they are over-excited or anxious. Help them to approach you in a more relaxed manner.

The solution

  • Take a step into their personal space 
  • Gently brush their feet downwards
  • Say nothing when you do this and avert all eye contact
  • Repeat as necessary
  • Call your dog for affection when they stand back and exhibit calm behaviour

Understanding Jumping up and How to Stop It


Your dog needs to come back when called. Movement inspires movement and dogs are driven to chase. 

The solution

  • Start at home, inside or in the garden
  • Call your dog and move away in the opposite direction
  • Stay quiet
  • Crouch and look down
  • Your dog will come over to see what you find so interesting
  • As they move towards you, call them again and praise or play

Understanding Recall and How to Encourage Your Dog

Dogs Pulling On Lead

Lead pulling is strongly linked to recall. A lead is a connection, not a correction. Your dog should be connected to you, not to the lead. The aim here is to be the movement your dog mimics, rather than pulling on the lead.

The solution

  • Start with short lessons at home
  • Walk backwards, maintain eye contact and encourage your dog to follow
  • Your movement should inspire their movement

Understanding Lead Pulling and How to Stop It

Feeding Best Practice

Feeding should be a stress free event for your dog. Help them by using simple steps below: 

  • Dogs can sense how you are feeling, so try to remain calm at mealtimes
  • The feeding environment should also be calm. Keep doors shut in the room. Some find playing soothing music helps to create a calm atmosphere (Dogs and Music, How and Why it Helps)
  • There is no need to ask your dog to sit. This will create tension and anxiety for your dog
  • Place food on a flat plate, so your dog’s line of sight is undisturbed. This will make them feel a lot more comfortable
  • Pop food down next to their bed, or in the bed
  • When you put the food down, turn and walk away, instead of watching your dog. You are mimicking a wild feeding situation and your dog will recognise that they can eat without being disturbed by competitors

If your dog is a fussy eater, we have some methods you can try here

Paws for thought

Behaviour is closely linked to diet

Carbohydrates, sugars and other additives may have a negative effect on your dog’s behaviour. Fuel the body and the brain to get the best out of your dog. A natural canine diet where all food is natural will be wolfed down. Some take a little time to transition.

Read here to see why I advise pet guardians to feed their dogs a complete raw diet.

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Caroline Spencer

Caroline is our resident behaviourist. She has spends thousands of hours with dogs and their parents working on help each relate better. Her goal is dog happiness and working with behaviour is only one piece of that mission. You will encounter Caroline talking around the country and on our facebook group working with customers and answering their questions.

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