Here is an outline of how I work and what to expect from a professional training session.
From the first phone call I will find out what problems you’re having and how you currently deal with it. So even before my first visit I will already have the information I need to get started with the training straight away.
I will guide you through your own personally designed plan for each of the behavioural problems your dog suffers from. I’ll provide training and show you the correct way to ensure the problems are rectified and don’t return.
I use positive reinforcement with behavioural problems and training, and more importantly timing as this can confuse the dog if it’s not done correctly.
Exchanging unwanted behaviour and replacing it with the right behaviour, basically showing the dog the correct way you want him to be through praise and treat rewards.
When we’re finished the initial training and you & your family are comfortable to be consistent and carry on the training programme I provide, then you will be set for a much happier relationship with your dog.
A typical but not exclusive session will consist of:
Observing your dog and recreating any problems and/or situations that cause them.
Observing you with your dog and recreating any problems and/or situations that cause them.
Watching your current reaction to problems and how you deal or don't deal with them.
Teaching you the correct way to cope when problems arise.
Teaching you how to see problems coming and how to avoid them.
Teaching you positive leadership and positive behavioural affirmations.
The session may include social/behavioural interaction with my Rhodesian ridge back assistant Tembu.
Behaviour modification is the use of the principles of learning to affect a change in an individual.
A process in which the dog learns to respond in a specific way when presented with a specific stimulus (food reward or favourite toy)
Here learning is used to replace an unacceptable behaviour with an acceptable one in response to the same stimulus.
This is a process that can be used for dogs that are fearful or nervous about something, by slowly introducing the dog without causing a reaction, this process could take several weeks.
A learning technique in which the reaction-provoking stimulus is repeated until it no longer elicits a response.
Can be extinguished by removing all reinforces.
In this method, the dog is exposed to the stimuli continuously until there is a major improvement in its reactions.
These can all be used with certain issues:
Training can be frustrating, but very rewarding, but this doesn’t always go to plan. Bearing every dog and breed are different, and that all dogs don’t think like us.
And any other issues that our little furry companions have: Just let me know.