First Our Training Methods
*First and foremost, always remember...you are only as good as your training,
training equipment, toy, food, treats and play reward system.
Genetics also plays a huge role.
Your time is valuable, so do it right the first time, communicate with your training companions and always have a plan to succeed. Don't set yourself up for failure.
If your dog is not performing well, and your dog is normally able to do the exercises, then you have to ask...what have you done to cause this. Feeding your dog before training? Too much excecise? Too much freedom? or What's different that day(it could be as simple as you are not using their favourite toy or treat)?
Once every potential cause has been eliminated, then you need to ask yourself, does your dog have a health issue? I have seen several trainers over the years, including myself...thinking that the dog was just being difficult and did not want to listen, when in fact...the dogs were injuried from spine, neck or hip...or really sick like one of my own dogs who had Leukemia, and did not have the energy to work anymore, but other than that appeared to be fine.
Always be fair to your dogs, because you just never know.
Positive Re-enforcement Reward Based with Food
We use positive food reward to teach dogs all of our base foundation programming. Our training is based on proven methods used for training in the Sport of Schutzhund/IPO. A hungry dog or a dog with high food drive is very easy to train and will love to work for you.
Positive Re-enforcement Reward Based with Toys
Toy reward based training teaches the dog you how to play. This helps promote a stronger working relationship by building up your dog's trust, confidence, so your dog will love to be around you. We base our training on proven positive methods to make your dog tired. A tired dog is a happy dog.
Corrective Collar, E-Collar and Muzzle Based Correction
Every corrective collar can be an effective training tool, if used correctly. With that said, we only use them when we have too and only after we know, the dogs knows what they are supposed to be doing, but are instead choosing not to listen. (I.e. the dog has learned the recall and comes in every time and is rewarded with food, toy, verbal or play. But for some reason one time the dog refuses…then a correction is warranted).
We do not correct a dog who does not understand what is expected. If your dog fails and exercise, you need to ask yourself, “What have I done to cause the dog to fail?” In other words, if your dog does not understand, then you should NOT be correcting your dog, because it did not get taught correctly. You need to be fair to your dog at all times.
Although some dogs do require a corrective collar from time to time for behaviour issues, especially dominant or aggressive behaviour. We prefer to start off with proper foundation programming and positive reward based training. With that said...we also understand that sometimes it is the only way to fix issues certain issues to save your dogs or other dog’s lives.
We recommend that corrective collars should not be used until the dog is at least 12-15 months age minimum. Too harsh of a correction on a young dog can harm your relationship, between you and your dog. Far too many dog owners incorrectly FIT and USE their dog’s E-collar, Prong, Choker or Dominant Dog Collar, which could lead to dangerous situations, like collar failure or risk of bites to the handler by stimulating the dog into active aggression through pain simulation from an ineffective correction.
We believe that Muzzles are great for stopping bites, if you need to take your dog to the vet or if you have not socialized your dog properly at age with other dogs and now your dog is older and reactive towards other dogs, but a Muzzle is NOT a permanent fix for the problem…It is just a Band-Aid. Proper training is the only way fix it. That's where the corrective collars come in, along with exposure to controlled situations with other stable energy dogs.
*Dog training – may involve inherent risks, dangers and hazards that all dog owners need to be aware of. You should never use a corrective collar without first consulting a professional trainer.