What methods do I use?
I don't believe in one set method that works for every dog. We work from a positive approach with the dog. From that foundation and our knowledge, we adapt the training to a method that suits the dog, as well as you.
The methods I use are aimed at teaching you and your dog effectively, quickly and easily. I use especially the natural drive of the dog. One dog likes to search, the other loves a ball or other toy. With an individual approach your dog will quickly learn what is expected of him and it will be easier for you to deal with this effectively.
The individual training method is primarily based on positive reward, this dog training works for the majority of dogs, a toy, treat, attention to motivate the dog in a positive way. In a different environment, on the street, in a busy city, other dogs, the dog has many more distractions. Therefore, we see that some dogs in those situations can no longer be motivated with food or a toy. With only rewards there are also dogs that you cannot train, appropriate corrections are sometimes part of this. Many dogs will seek their limits. There comes a point when there are consequences.
Your dog will have to be taught that, in situations where the distraction is greater than his reward, he must still listen to YOU.
Many trainers who work with fixed, exclusively positive methods get stuck with real behavior problems because they don't want to use corrections. A correction is seen as undesirable or animal-unfriendly.
These trainers show little understanding of the natural interaction between pack leader (You) and dog. In fact some say the idea of pack leader is outdated. Probably in 20 years some brilliant person will come up with the concept of pack leader again ?
We also see in practice examples of incorrect corrections that end up reinforcing the undesired behavior e.g. trainers who use only the E-Collar work as the solution to everything.
For over 25 years I have had my own dog pack and see, that even the alpha dog and bitch are Appropriate corrections (verbal or non verbal) use when other dogs in the pack show deviant, undesirable behavior.
As a human, you are the pack leader and is it if required also wise to act in this way when behavior is not desirable. With many dogs a correction is not even necessary, but unfortunately there are some dogs where it is necessary. You will see, that if you act confidently as a pack leader, this will give great results.
An example: as a human being, you are the first to go in/out through the door.
If the dog wants to go in first, you have the option of:
– using your voice (verbal correction)
– claim the spot (non verbal correction)
If the dog is too excited, he needs to calm down first.
If this does not work the correction follows where you put the dog back in his place and go in/out first.
However, the latter correction is considered negative and undesirable by trainers of the exclusively positive method.
You have to distract the dog with a treat, putting it in its place with it, is the method according to this group. What people forget is that in that case you reward the dog for the wrong behavior and confirm it with a candy.
In our system you put the dog in its place, if calm you can reward the dog with a treat. The difference after a correction, if the behavior is good, a reward follows. From negative behavior, correction, to positive (calm) and reward
In a dog pack, the alpha also goes outside first, the rest of the pack knows this and will follow. If one of the dogs in the pack goes outside / inside earlier, the alpha will correct this, the alpha does not have treats and may react verbally and non verbally depending on the situation. We see this behavior in our own pack, many trainers who have learned everything theoretically do not know this pack behavior at all. In our training we use the natural methods that an Alpha will also use. The difference with a pack is that we can reward positive behavior.
What matters is that your dog learns, that not listening is not OK, but that good behavior, obedience will be rewarded.
In my individual approach I create balance in you, but also in the dog. The result is that your dog shows desirable behavior, you feel much more at ease, you have more confidence in your dog and this radiates to the dog. You become the pack leader, your dog recognizes this and will show a change in behavior. Therefore, training is often a combination of teaching correct behavior and teaching you as the owner to be self-confident. If you show self-confidence your dog will change.
My goal is with work an approach that suits you and your dog and gives the desired results.
Please note if you want to work exclusively with pure positive training without corrections then we can always see if this is possible with your dog during an initial meeting. If in our opinion it is not possible we will tell you honestly and refer you.
Through my 35 years of dog training experience, I have seen and read about many different training methods applied to dogs. There is something from every method that can be used.
I have also learned that there is not 1 universal method that can solve all problems in every dog.
Every dog is and remains unique, but also the combination owner dog requires a specific approach. We do work from a certain basis that works for many dogs. From that base and our experience, we choose the right follow-up approach.
Unfortunately, we see more and more dog trainers, behaviorists who learn everything from a book or from someone who sells nice expensive trainings and certificates. This works fine for "normal" dogs but one often runs into problems when dogs are aggressive, bite, really do not want to listen. If the dog doesn't react according to the booklet, they don't know what to do.
We have had cases like this before, dogs had to be given tranquilizers, essential oils, muzzled and yes also put to sleep (animal friendly ?) For these dogs and owners we have found a solution with our individual approach.
Certain breeds also have certain bred characters that belong to that breed. As a trainer, I also respect that character and take it into account ! For years I have bred Fila Brasileiiros, who by nature have an aversion to strangers. They won't let themselves be touched by strangers, often don't want to from a young (puppy) age. Many trainers believe that every dog should let themselves be touched. Unfortunately, you just can't change this in some breeds. You can, however, teach them to behave. No attacking, walking quietly through a crowd of people.
So in my training I look at the type of dog, the natural character traits and how they can be controlled. One breed is not the other breed and sometimes needs a modified or different method.
You may also have heard/read about the use of the e-collar (power collar ).
This page contains more information about the E-collar.
I use the e-collar only when necessary. If not used correctly, an e-collar can also backfire and actually encourage undesirable behavior. Never use the e-collar without training by an experienced trainer !
However, nothing beats practical experience with dogs, o,.a working dogs with high drive, a pack from which you can learn to read dog behavior. Years of experience with high drive dogs, dogs for bite work, difficult breeds, training with others, their experience and insights, I use all this in my training with you.
The best advertising are the results that we achieve, those results speak for themselves.
Why have us train you?
We begin with a 1 on 1 training session with you and your dog and look at which method is most appropriate.
You are at a loss for words ?
In a boot camp, your dog stays with us for 1-2 weeks and we work towards the desired behavior.
Small group classes
Small groups of 2-6 people where you train others together.