Change your dog's behaviour issues, teach good manners or new skills.
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
I can help with most dog behaviour problems. Some 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.
First step – Consultation
I will generally have to meet with you and your dog for an initial consultation session. Depending on your dog’s behaviour issue, this will be in many cases at your home, or at my training facility.
The consultation 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 behaviour problems and how they could be changed
Give you some advice and guidance about how to manage the issues for now
We will then discuss your training options, including how many training sessions may be required to address your dog’s problem behaviour and what likely training outcomes you can expect. Most behaviour modification or training requires more than just one session and may take weeks, months or more. You get notes from the session and management/training recommendations.
$ 120 in- home (Whangarei central or travel cost may apply)
$ 100 at my training facility
Payment must be received in advance (online) or cash on the day. You will get an invoice before the consultation.
Step 2 - Dog training options
Following on from the initial consultation, I will develop a tailored training plan for you and you get ‘How to’ training guides. Depending on your dog’s behaviour issues and training needs, options include:
In many cases, I will coach you how to work with your dog. In a typical session, I outline the training steps, demonstrate the exercises, and then coach you how to practice the exercises. Then it’s over to you to do the homework with your dog until my next session with you. In the next session, we usually recap, iron out any teething issues and then I coach you how to progress the training.
This is a great and cost-effective option 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.
I would visit your home at pre-arranged times to work with your dog, or you may be able to drop your dog off at my training facility or a public location.
With my experience and understanding of learning theory, I'm often able to achieve training goals faster than a novice trainer. In addition, many people just can't find the time to train or don't have the interest to learn more about animal behaviour.
Once your dog knows the new behaviour and performs it reliably, I would show you easy ways to maintain your dog’s manners and to manage challenging situations in the future.
This is an easy, convenient option, and no homework for you, but obviously requires more sessions than coaching.
Individually booked training sessions after the initial consultation: $ 80
Package deals at discounted rates are available
Travel cost may apply
Payment must be received in advance (online) or cash on the day. You will get an invoice before first session.
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.