Dog training

 

Basic training - One to one
 

Sometimes people prefer to learn without other owners/dogs being present. It may be that the dog is too distracted by other dogs. 

I have been contacted by a number of owners who have been asked to leave training courses because either their dog is disruptive or reactive to other dogs/strangers.

 

I can offer basic training for you and your dog, instead of attending 6-week courses.  We aim to teach lifeskills rather than "obedience".

I will show you how much nicer connection is rather than control. Each session will last approximately one hour. 

Special rates are available for rescued dogs, staffies, GSD's, low income/unemployed and senior citizens.  (Proof required).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do dogs learn?

 

Very easily if we teach them properly!

 

If dogs do something that brings a reward, it increases the possibility that they will do it again.  If they do something that doesn't bring a reward, it increases the possibility that they will not do it again. 

All animals learn through, or perform for rewards - including humans!

 

Dog training has changed enormously in recent decades, the early trainers played a critical role in developing the world of dog training.  Understanding these trainers and the scientific principles they were learning from has brought us where we are today.

For decades operant conditioning researchers developed and tested their theories.  At the same time trainers were busy teaching animals new skills.  These trainers were often completely unaware that there was a science related to what they were doing.

The science is called operant conditioning .  Understanding reinforcement is key to understanding how learning takes place.  Each day is made up of a series of behaviours that are either reinforced or not reinforced.

 

 

When puppies are born they do not know how to behave in every situation they meet.  In order to adapt and survive they are equipped with the ability to learn and throughout their life they will make use of their experiences to develop a range of behavioural responses. 

Owners often find some behaviours ‘cute’ or funny in a puppy but once it matures that behaviour can become a problem. Jumping up to greet you can be cute in a puppy but not so good in a full grown adult dog.

 

 So why train your dog?

 

  • To help build and maintain the bond between you and your dog

 

  • To improve communication with your dog

 

  • To help your dog become more confident and reliable

 

  • To keep your dog  and other people safe

 

  • To allow your dog to be part of your daily life

 

  • To be a responsible dog owner

 

  • To have fun with your dog

 

Dogs have needs and desires that can be grouped into four categories:

 

  • The need to stay safe

  • The needs to maintain the body

  • The need to reproduce

  • The need to be in a social group

 

For all dogs, whatever breed, if their needs are not met they will attempt to find their own outlet for whatever behaviour they need to show.  It is not just physical needs that must be met but also their psychological needs.