Tell me what you want, what you really, really want...

This should be the anthem for dogs the world over. So often we humans seem to have the needle stuck on the word 'no'. Don't do this, don't do that, no, no, no!

Can you imagine living in a world where you're always told what not to do but never receiving feedback when you get it right?

So, if your dog is doing something you don't like. Instead of saying 'no', think to yourself 'what would I like him to do instead?'. Then ask for that behaviour if it's been trained, or train it if it hasn't!

Think of all those times your dogs does make the right choice but is never told. How about we start looking for opportunities to give feedback and praise? When they sit quietly and relax, 'good boy!' Should they decide to go to bed, instead of sitting under your feet while making dinner, 'good girl!'. When they chew on a toy to entertain themselves instead of noshing down on the furniture, 'good puppy!'.

Remember, behaviour that receives reinforcement is going to be repeated. So keep rewarding and praising for all the good things your dog does and they will be sure to choose that option more.

So go on, tell 'em what you want, what you really, really want...