An Intuitive Approach

Effective Training Should be Kind, Humane, Force-Free and Based on Science

I believe in relationship-based training that meets the needs of both you and your dog by developing a loving and trusting relationship. I teach you to understand your dog and how they are communicating through body language. The end result? You will have a well-mannered companion dog and an unbreakable bond.

If a dog trainer’s website does not state what their methods are, you should be cautious. If you haven’t already, please read this article by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour. It will provide you with third-party advice on what dog training methods are advisable.

What is Behaviour Modification?

Professional Training to Replace Undesirable Behaviours

This training approach targets undesirable behaviours and aims to replace them with appropriate ones, ensuring a well-mannered dog which improves the lives of both you and your furry friend.

Undesirable Behaviours Include:

  • Separation Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Chasing Cars

  • Excitability
  • Destruction
  • Excessive Barking

  • Jumping
  • Fear/Anxiety
  • Resource Guarding

How Long Does it Take to Change Undesirable Behaviours?

Every dog is unique and reaching tour goals is dependent on the severity of your dog’s symptoms and the owner’s consistency. Treatment can range from a few weeks to months, possibly even longer. A successful Behaviour Modification Plan requires that we work at your dog’s personal pace.

My Method

My approach involves developing a unique training plan that best suits the needs of your dog and your household. The plan includes teaching appropriate replacement behaviours, satisfying your dog’s wellness needs, and using a modification strategy to change the problematic behaviours. To accomplish this change, you will need to understand and communicate with your dog on a different level.

Tools We Use

  • Praise
  • Food & Treats
  • Toys
  • Clickers

Tools We Don’t Use

  • Correction Collars (choke, prong, or shock-collars)
  • Squirt Bottles
  • Physical Corrections (kicking, poking)
  • Vocal Corrections (yelling, scary noises)
  • Intimidation (staring down, growling)

What are Clickers?

The term “clicker” comes from a small metal cricket noisemaker adapted from a child’s toy that trainers use to precisely mark desired behaviours.

 

What is Clicker Training?

Clicker training is a nickname given to an animal training method based on a bridging stimulus in operant conditioning. When training a new behaviour, the clicker helps the animal to quickly identify the specific behaviour that results in them getting a treat. The system uses conditioned reinforcers, which a trainer can deliver more quickly and more precisely than primary reinforcers such as food. This technique is popular with dog trainers but can be used for all kinds of domestic and wild animals.

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