I can offer basic life skills 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.
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. 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 resilient
To keep your dog and others 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.