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Training and Resources

What are Positive Training Methods?

Here at Barking Mad Dog Rescue we endorse only positive based training methods. Another way to describe this is force free training.

But what is this?

  • Positive training as known otherwise as reward based. A reward is anything your dog values. This might be  food, toys, praise, play - whatever they enjoy.  

  • Understanding your dog’s emotions and how they affect behaviour.

  • Learning about canine body language and how to communicate with your dog on their terms. 

  • Using games and play to train - having FUN.

  • Allowing your dog to express themself and behave like a dog.

  • Never using physical interventions, aversive tools or harsh words to threaten or scare your dog into submission.

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Hayley Jones,  ISCP.Dip.Canine.Prac, is a qualified canine behaviourist, through the International School of Canine Psychology. She is also broadening her skills,  to become a specialist in aggressive responses.


Hayley has been supporting rescue adopters Barking Mad Dog Rescue for several years, and leads the adoption team,  with the charity, to bring rescued Romanian dogs to U.K. homes.

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''Dogs have about 30 calming signals, perhaps even more. Some of these signals are used by most dogs, while other dogs have an incredibly rich ´vocabulary´. It varies from dog to dog. 


Dogs use this communication system towards us humans, simply because it´s the language they know and think everyone understands. 
By failing to see your dog using calming signals on you, and perhaps even punishing the dog for using them, you risk causing serious harm to your dog. Some may simply give up using the calming signals, including with other dogs. Others may get so desperate and frustrated that they get aggressive, nervous or stressed out as a result. Puppies and young dogs may actually go into a state of shock.''

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Stop the 77

Your Dog and Your Children

Did you know that 77% of dog bites involving children come from a dog they knew well? You can teach your children how to respect a dog and his space and in this way keep them both safe. 

Stop the 77 is a very useful website which includes a powerful video from the family dog's perspective.


Check it out here:

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