My business is a mobile business which services the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. For the most part, I come to you, to make training easier for you. Some classes are located in the Inner West and Surry Hills.
I designed programs for new puppy and dog owners, dogs with manners issues and also dogs with deeper behavioural problems to be able to get the best out of your time and your dog’s training. I have up to five free phone consults each week for new clients to be able to discuss their training problem – book yours in today to get started on creating a personalised training plan for your dog.
I hold a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Delta Institute) as well as being a Pro Dog Trainer (AbsoluteDogs). I have completed the Living and Learning with Animals course by Dr Susan Friedman from Behaviour Works.
I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild Australia as well as the Animal Training Academy.
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question! There is only one of your dog in the whole world after all, they need to be trained as an individual.
Some behavioural problems that are well rehearsed – where your dog has been doing them for a long time – take longer to re-train.
I have a variety of training options and each one works differently. I can only take an educated guess based of how long it might take. There are lots of contributing factors such as the environment your dog lives in, your time commitment to training, how quickly your dog learns and so on.
I’ve design programs that will get you some quick wins that you will see from the first day of training – to take the pressure off you and your dog and start rebuilding your relationship. I create a personalised training plan that suits you and your dog and your specific needs. You can expect changes from the start as long as you make the commitment and follow the plan. It’s a bit like having a personal trainer at the gym- they can show you how best to eat, work out and look after yourself, but you’ll only see the difference if you actual do it!
I love treats as much as the next person – spending the day at the spa, the movies, at the beach eating ice cream… all of these things I find reinforcing and will sometimes give myself for a ‘job well done’.
I have the same attitude with your dog’s training – yes, I ‘reinforce’ behaviour, for a job well done, and yes, food is a good reinforcer for dogs. It’s small, fast to use which means that we can get through a training session quickly and it has high value attached to it.
I aim to give reinforcers when your dog gives me good behaviour, so that I see it happen again in the future. As for reinforcers, I also use play opportunities like chasing a ball, playing tug, even giving access to sniffing on walks – whatever it is that your dog likes as other alternatives.
Reinforcement is scientifically proven to work – as stated by the Law of Effect “Behaviours will repeat themselves, or not, as a result of the consequences of the same behaviour in the past.” – Thorndike.
The initial consult determines the best course of action for problem bahaviours based on why they are happening with you and your dog.
I complete a functional assessment to help figure out why the problem behaviour occurs. The assessments will show clearly the root of the problem and therefore we can then make changes to either the environment, the consequences, or both, to prevent the problem in the future.
Unfortunately, the dominance theory, like the bell bottoms, tie dyed shirts and disco music of era it originated from, is totally outdated.
In a nutshell, dogs spend their days either trying to gain access to things they want or avoiding things they don’t. Your dog doesn’t wake up each day and try and dominant you and you shouldn’t worry about labeling them as such.
Instead of worrying about the label ‘dominance’ we can take a more holistic view – by describing what it is your dog is doing and what they get as a result of doing it. You can very quickly figure out what function the behaviour serves– to get something or to avoid it and therefore find new ways for your dog to behaviour in those instances.