About Lisa Jones owner of Littlewags Dog Training School 

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Littlewags dog training school is run by Lisa Jones. Lisa has an foundation degree in pet behaviour and training and is very proud to have gotten a distinction in her results! Lisa is an affiliate member of CAPBT (COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers).

Lisa is also a professional member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Ireland. APDT professional members conform to the APDT ethos of using reward-based, dog-friendly training methods, never resorting to damaging, punitive, pain or fear-inducing techniques.

Lisa keeps up with her learning and further education and has attended many seminars on dog behaviour such as Canine body language/dog to human aggression by Sarah Whitehead, Leash reactivity in dogs-from cause to cure by Sarah Kalnajs and working with fearful dogs, separation anxiety and dog to dog play with Nicole Wilde. 

Lisa lives in Dublin, Ireland with her 3 dogs; Molly, a cross breed, Lilly a west highland terrier and Bobby a yorkshire terrier and her two children!

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Littlewags Dog Training Philosophy

Littlewags Dog Training promotes the forming of a solid and bonding relationship between humans and dogs. The aim at Littlewags Dog Training is to give you, your dog's real trainer, the tools to build that bond of trust between you and your dog using motivational reward based training. Our methods are based on the scientific principles of learning theory.

    Scientific Principles of Learning theory

Here's a quick explanation explaining learning theory.  If you reward your dog for doing something, he will repeat the behavior and if there is no reward, the behavior will go away.  This learning on the dog's behalf can include learning that naughty behaviour gets rewarded albeit inadvertantly (getting told off for jumping up) as well as learning that when he does a behaviour the owner wants (performing a sit when asked) he gets rewarded for that. The key is to be conscious of what behaviours your dog is performing during your daily routine and what you may be reinforcing. If you are reinforcing the behaviour it will continue.

    Use activities / treats your dog likes to reward good behavior

During the training classes or one to one training sessions you the owner can use treats, toys, and all of the fun things in life (play with you or doggie pals, access to indoors, leash put on for a walk) to motivate your dog to want to listen to you.  But if you're a good dog trainer, you aren't bribing your dog and you don't have to use treats forever. In the beginning you may reward the dog each time until the behaviour is consistent but eventually, you can reward your dog randomly and praise often, and the dog will still respond to the cue.  

    Why reward based dog-friendly methods work

Dog training is essential for a long and happy life with your pet. Training methods using reward-based, dog-friendly training methods are highly effective with both you and your dog enjoying yourselves and having fun. This kind of training is retained longer and more effectively than other outdated methods. Reward based training methods are successful because animals tend to keep doing things that are rewarding and stop doing things that are not rewarded or ignored which is better than active punishment. No aversive or punishment methods of training are used in the training.    We know how important it is to get things right with your dog. Also we now know and understand the science behind how and why it is important to work on both training your dog and helping your dog to grow in to a happy confident adult and preventing problems occurring.


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