Change your dog's problem behaviour. Help your dog learn good manners or new skills. Tailored training options.
Want to enjoy relaxing strolls with your dog on a loose lead instead of being dragged around? Like to feel comfortable having visitors because your dog greets people nicely by sitting instead of barking and jumping up? Have to be sure your dog comes when called, instead of trying to catch him? Need to feel safe around your dog instead of worrying that growls might turn into a bite?
Dog behaviour issues I can help you with
We can help with most dog behaviour problems. Some of the very common issues pet dog owners encounter include:
Pulling on lead
Barking and lunging at other dogs while out for a walk
Not coming when called
Jumping up on people
Chewing your belongings
Guarding food or toys
Fearful or timid behaviour
Natural dog behaviour such as jumping up, chewing, digging, barking etc. can sometimes become a problem for humans; often it’s just a matter of lack of education or providing enough mental and physical stimulation. I look at how you could set up the environment so that your dog has a better chance of getting it right and I show you how to use reward-based methods to teach your dog what you want her to do instead - for example greet visitors with a nice 'Sit' instead of jumping up.
Please note: Changes in behaviour can often be the first signs that your dog could be experiencing physical pain or health issues. An assessment by a qualified Dip. Equine and Canine Osteopath or your vet may help with a diagnosis.
Initial behaviour consultation: $ 120 includes a report and management recommendations / training plan
Subsequent training session: $ 80
Package deals available
Travel cost may apply
Dog training options
I train your dog for you
Depending on your dog's behaviour issue, an easy and convenient option is to get me to work with your dog in your own home.
With my experience and understanding of learning theory, I'm often able to achieve training goals quite fast. In addition, many people just can't find the time to train or don't have the interest to learn about animal behaviour.
I would visit your home at pre-arranged times to work with your dog.
Once your dog knows the new behaviour and performs it reliably, I would simply show you easy ways to maintain your dog’s manners and to manage challenging situations in the future.
I coach you to train your dog
Alternatively, I can coach you to change your dog's problem behaviour or to train new good manners.
I would explain what the best approach for your training goals is, outline the training steps, and demonstrate the training techniques and mechanics to you. Then it’s over to you to practice with your dog while I coach you, and to carry on with the training until my next session with you.
If you have the time and interest, training your dog with rewards can become a fun activity you can do together, and it’s great for your relationship with your dog.
What to expect in the initial consultation session
The initial consultation session is an opportunity for me to
ask questions about your dog’s history and environment
observe and assess your dog
identify possible causes of your dog’s behavior problems and how they could be changed
hear from you what you would like to achieve with the training
I can then give you an indication of how many training sessions may be required to address your dog’s problem behaviour and what likely training outcomes you can expect. I will also usually give you advice and guidance about how to manage the issues in the meantime - until your dog's training has taken effect - and coach you how to start the training process.
I then develop and tailor a training plan to the needs of you and your dog.
How I train
I use modern, positive reinforcement (reward-based) dog training methods including 'clicker training' to educate your dog about how to live politely in a human world, and in particular as a member of your family.
Using rewards such as treats or toys works extremely well. Your dog learns fast and will be keen and happy to do what you want him to do.
As a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ (APDTNZ) and The Pet Professional Guild (PPG), I never use aversive, dominance-based training techniques, which I believe may result in 'quick fixes' but ultimately cause more long-term harm than good while damaging the owner-dog relationship.
Where I train
I can train your dog at your home, or I may meet or take your dog to specific locations with your pre-approval. It greatly depends on the behaviour problem you’d like us to help you with, and I would discuss your dog’s training plan during our initial consultation.