Obedience and
Life Skills

Find out what motivates your dog.

There is no such thing as a stubborn or untrainable dog -  you just need to find the right motivation.

Positive, reward based training that works

Obedience training should be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog. It will enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable. A well-trained dog is more confident and can be be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one.

 

Providing your dog with at least some training is the best and most loving thing you can do for him. Training your dog ensures that he’s safe and welcome everywhere he goes and that he’s easy to live with

Why train your dog?

Training builds your bond with your dog, enhances the partnership between you and enriches the relationship you share with your dog.

Training provides an outlet for your dog’s energy

Training keeps your dog mentally stimulated preventing problem behaviours associated with boredom.

Providing your dog with enough mental enrichment will prevent her from developing anxiety and other stress related behaviours such as destructive chewing, inappropriate barking and displays of aggression.

 

Your dog is a social animal a well behaved dog is part of the family that you can happily take anywhere.

Science based, force free training for you and your dog

Positive, reward based training means we encourage behaviour we like with frequent and high value rewards and either prevent or ignore behaviour we do not like.

I do not use or recommend any aversive methods or tools that work on the principal of intimidation or coercion or that have been designed to cause the dog physical, mental or emotional pain. Its never ever the right thing to do, rewarding your dog for good behaviour is so much better and more effective than punishing your dog for behaving in a way you find unacceptable - and remember most "bad behaviour' is actually a natural behaviour for dogs, it's just that us humans just don't happen to like them - stealing food, barking, jumping up to greet people ...... dogs are scavengers, and highly sociable animals.

 

Punishment can actually increase the risk of aggression in dogs. Harsh punishments used by punitive trainers are not only cruel but also potentially dangerous and damage the trust between dog and human.

 

That means we never use or recommend shock collars, choke collars, prong collars, squirt bottles, scruff shakes, alpha rollovers or other inhumane tools and techniques.

 

Using constructive discipline to guide a dog into making better choices means not inflicting pain or instilling fear in a dog and influencing your dog's behaviour without the use of force or fear.

Constructive discipline includes such things as time outs, taking something of value away, ignoring behaviour and interrupting unwanted behavior vocally.

Training has been shown to be the single most important thing that keeps a dog in his or her 'forever home'