I hope you find the above information interesting, please feel free to call me or send me an email if you have any questions - see the 'Contact' page for details.
I work in private in home consultations with you in the northern suburbs of Perth, as I find that often owners get embarrassed or frustrated when trying to train their dog in a group situation—particularly with all the distractions around. I believe it is important to understand the underlying causes of dog behaviour that owners wish to correct and I then develop a plan to train your dog that suits your lifestyle to correct the undesired behaviour in your pet dog. I would love to work with you to train your dog - I only use the most modern scientific based dog training methods that have been proven to cause no pain or harmful stress to your dog.
When selecting a trainer to work with you and your dog there are a few questions you should ask them:-
Make sure you ask what training methodology they use - if they say they use 'holistic' training, or they say they are a balanced trainer that uses methods applicable to each individual dog. This often means that they will use dominance or punishment based training - if you are happy to inflict pain and stress on your dog go ahead and use this type of trainer. However if you love your dogs like I love mine please don't deal with these so called 'trainers'.
- Ask them if they are a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers of Australia - as I am - members subscribe to a code of ethics that they are bound to uphold.
- Ask them if they can explain exactly what they do - and quiz them on the four quadrants of dog training methodology see my blog post here if they are unable to explain this, it means they have not undergone formal studies in dog training and they should be avoided as they are potentially likely to try and apply the incorrect solution to a problem.
It is also worth mentioning here the Humane Hierarchy of Behavioural Change as developed by Susan Friedman. This is an effective roadmap explaining how a Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive dog training methodology looks in practice.