I believe based on years of study, research and working alongside dogs that positive, fear-free and reward-based training is the most effective and best way to train not only dogs but all animals. Through years of selective breeding and domestication, we have moulded a creature who loves us unconditionally and craves to be near us. The relationship we have with dogs is unique special. There is no need for a power struggle. Training should educate our dogs on what to do rather than suppress their behaviour through punishment.
I only use positive reinforcement in my training. Positive reinforcement (also known as R+) is extensively backed by science and ethics. In my training will use rewards such as food, toys, praise and physical touch, never punishment/corrections. While punishment may appear to get quick results it has a lasting effect on your dog’s ability to learn and their emotional well being. Telling your dog off will not encourage them to listen to you more. Let me show you how to have a relationship built on trust and clear communication.
I will assess the situation, your dog and myself then make adjustments. Your dog’s behaviour is information so when they do or do not provide an action to something this gives me insight into how they might be feeling or if the training needs to be modified. Dogs never get things wrong because they have no understanding that their behaviour is wrong in the first place. Dogs try their best to avoid conflict so if they “knew” something upset you, they just wouldn’t do it.
No. Your dog does not need to be corrected for “bad” behaviour. Punishment does not teach your dog how to act or help them feel better, it only suppresses their emotional response which in some situations can be very dangerous. Corrections can create a negative association with you and the surrounding environment. Example: yanking a dog-reactive dog’s lead when they are barking at dogs may help to solidify your dogs discomfort around dogs. Seeing dogs = negative things happen. Your dog may stop barking, but they may not have changed their feelings about being uncomfortable. Your dog now suffers in silence, nervous to react for fear of punishment.
The tools I use are food and toys. Often (and if it is a safe environment to do so) I do not need anything on the dog in order to train them. As far as gear, in public, I highly recommend a well-fitting harness for learning dogs as this takes the pressure off of the vital structures of the neck. Good harnesses are ones similar to the Perfect Fit harness which we sell. We also use leads of various lengths attached to the dog to keep a dog safe when in public.
I currently do not offer this service. I advise clients to be extremely careful about B&T offers as at the end of the day it is important for YOU to understand how to train your dog. This is why I offer Virtual Services, so I can coach you through the process of helping your dog. While there are some positive facilities make sure you investigate by asking plenty of questions, viewing videos and visit the site yourself.