The No.1 Dog Training Tip

Last week, I attended a two day IMDT – Institute of Modern Dog Training Course – which was run by the programs founder Steve Mann.

Check him out – he’s awesome.

It was two days of interactive and deep learning on the psychology of how dogs learn.

I loved it.


I came out of it not only understanding more thoroughly the core ideas of modern dog training – but also the history of how individuals such as Pavlov & Skinner helped to shape our understanding of canine behaviour.

I could write 10 in-depth blog posts about everything that we discussed during the two days – but instead I will sum it up for you to the most important concept that every dog owner should understand.

First, I would like you to write a list of 20 things that your dog absolutely loves.

To give you an example, below is Zeus’s list.

Catching Leaves Dancing Sunday snuggles in bed Cheese
Entertaining friends Human attention of any kind Chasing & being chased by other dogs Taking a shower
Ripping Tissues Chasing the neighbour cat Giving Kisses Learning new things
Being the centre of attention Chasing birds Performing tricks Car rides

Your list is now your most important training tool and your most important training opportunities.


As always: You want your pooch to WANT to listen to you.

You want to change an unwanted behaviour to a behaviour that you DO want.

Your list will most likely contain a combination of behaviours or activities that you want your dog to be doing and don’t want your dog to be doing – this is a good.

Keep Calm ; and yoga with your dog šŸ˜‰

How to use your list:

Example: If your dog likes to chase squirrels and this is a problem for you then use this as a motivation for training.

Start with baby-steps. Take your dog to a park where there are squirrels around. Create a command for finding the squirrels, and a command for coming back. This allows you to create a positive association with coming back to you – even when there are squirrels around. Make sure that you have high quality treats with you.


Example: Does your dog like to dig around in your trash?

Create an opportunity for your dog to feel like he is digging around in trash – without him actually doing so! Get a bunch of toilet paper, cardboard (whatever you can find) and hide treats and goodies in it all. Then create a command for “Go Dig” and a command for coming back.

You will be surprised at the results šŸ™‚

Enjoy guys x

Love Always,

Zeus & Anna šŸ’œ






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