36 years professional dog behaviour specialist
anxiety aggression fear obsessive compulsive behaviours lead pulling incessant barking
and all other behavioural problems and general obedience
ALL BREEDS ALL AGES
Former government and military canine trainer
Please go to my In-Home consultations page for information on my service and fee's
Servicing the Gold Coast and outlying areas
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My name is Mark Singer, and I have been helping dog owners with their dogs behavioural issues and obedience training for over 36 years now. I have recently returned from an extended stay in the USA, and now back offering services in Southeast Queensland.
A balanced or traditional dog trainer and behaviour specialist doesn't restrict himself or herself to a one method suits all ideology They incorporate all methods, and adjust their training to suit the particular dog or situation they are trying to address. I personally do not like to classify myself under a particular training type, however balanced trainer or dog whisperer would be the terminology that best describes my focus.
My focus is respecting a dogs natural instincts and drives, and utilising those to help dogs and their owners. I do not sit with a dogs owner and say, this is the only method to use, as this then greatly limits our ability to help dogs to the best of our ability.
I have found through my 36 years of experience, and helping literally 10's of thousands of dogs as a professional dog trainer and behaviour specialist, that only a minority of dogs respond well to what is now termed 'purely positive' training methodology. The theory that you can extinguish any unwanted behaviour by just teaching an alternative behaviour, in many cases does not work, or the process is just way to slow. The reason for this in my professional opinion is that you cannot offer an alternative behaviour without also teaching the dog to avoid the unwanted behaviour. If we don't remove the unwanted behaviour, then that behaviour will always be included in the dogs repertoire of learnt behaviours, and therefore never extinguished from the dogs options.
If you have gone down the path of purely positive with your dog, but find you are not getting the results you desire, or the process is way too slow, then do contact me, and we can discuss the many options and methods I have available to help you and your dog.
Does your dog suffer from anxiety related coping behaviours?
Dogs can suffer from anxiety when there are no defined rules and boundaries, or there is a lack of consistency in applying these rules correctly. When dogs suffer from anxiety, they turn to coping behaviours to help them deal with their current emotional state. These behaviours can include, aggression, incessant barking, avoidance, obsessive compulsive behaviours, self mutilation, overly dependent behaviours, and so many more stress related behaviours. By understanding the dogs triggers for its anxious state, we are able to then modify not only the dogs coping behaviours, but also improve our relationship with our dog, ensuring a more well balanced dog and relationship.
I also specialise in dog to dog, and dog to human aggression. One of my major call outs for home consultations are for dogs that have on lead aggression. There are many reasons dogs use aggression. In many cases these aggressive responses can be due to an overly anxious state of mind, whilst out walking. Also in a lot cases the aggressive response is nothing more than on-lead frustration that can be modified very quickly by teaching the dog to walk calmly on lead. To help with on-lead aggression, we need to understand the triggers, before we can help the dog.
Many homes have dogs that have become unpredictable, and will display aggression to the owners or visitors for no apparent reason. Aggression is a learnt behaviour, that the dog finds beneficial when needing to control its environment, whether that is due to a fear response, or a dog that is dominating its personal space or a resource. Many tend to focus on punishing aggression, when in fact this could be the reason the dog is displaying these behaviours in the first place. By better understanding the triggers behind the aggression, we are then better able to help the dog.
I offer home consultations for behavioural issues and for general obedience