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Dog Behaviour Specialist or Vet Behaviourist? You decide.

Dog Behaviour Specialist or Vet Behaviourist? You decide.
Many people ask me what the difference is between a dog behaviour specialist like me, and a Vet Beha...
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The punishment dilemma

The punishment dilemma
Conditioning a dog to avoid a behaviour is not punishment, as we would punish a child for example. P...
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My response to Vet Behaviourist Dr Kersti Seksel

My response to Vet Behaviourist Dr Kersti Seksel
This is an article written by Dr Kersti Seksel on news.com.au . My response to her major points are ...
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The lie about science-based training methods, and pushing half the science

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When a dog trainer advertises them self as a rewards based trainer, what they are indicating is that...
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Emotive ideology, and its possible link to inappropriate punishment

Emotive ideology, and its possible link to inappropriate punishment
It shouldn't, but it still astounds me how many homes I go into whereby the family were brainwashed ...
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Start teaching your dog to say NO!

Start teaching your dog to say NO!
It's not OK for dog owners to say NO to their dog, but now its ok for a dog to say no to its owner! ...
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The big dog con, of the past 16 years

The big dog con, of the past 16 years
Whilst the practice of positive only training is allowed to influence dog owners through deception, ...
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Emotive rhetoric and its influences on the dog owning public

Emotive rhetoric and its influences on the dog owning public
Over the past 16 years or so, 2 words have had their meanings totally changed within the dog trainin...
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The most important value any dog trainer should hold on to is integrity.

The most important value any dog trainer should hold on to is integrity.
As professional dog trainers and behaviour specialists, it is always important to be open, upfront, ...
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Latest Posts

21 July 2019
Understanding how our emotional energy paired with body language influences our relationship with our dog (and its environment), is probably the most important concept to be aware of in regards to raising an emotionally stable dog, and to ensure a ha...
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08 July 2019
So many dog owners view when their dog assertively invades their personal space demanding their undivided attention, and even mouthing and biting as cute, or even their dog expressing love for them. Would you accept this type of behaviour from anothe...
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09 June 2019
I had a conversation with a dog owner that raised her dog by purely positive methods. During that conversation we discussed ways to stop unwanted or dangerous behaviours. I suggested to her, that unless a dog has a reason to avoid a behaviour, then t...
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29 May 2019
It astounds me how many videos are now on social media (literally 10's of thousands), showing dogs being trained with tools such as ecollars and prong collars. dogs enjoying their training dogs not abuseddogs not working out of feardogs not shutting ...
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26 May 2019
This is a great example of why when a mother raises her pups, the pups, as they mature, do not suffer from overly anxious and hyper-aroused behaviour, as when they are raised with humans. See how the mother calms her pups; she will not reward and the...
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06 May 2019
A person that informs you that a particular tool is abusive, and yet hasn't even bothered to educate them self or learnt how to use it correctly, mu