Your dog is normal

At some point, your dog’s behaviour has been going on so long or so often that you may just accept that it can’t be changed. You adjust to calling it normal, but at K9 Pro, we aim to create a new normal. Over stimulated, over excited, hyperactive, always on, fear aggressive, predatory aggressive, dominant and anxious dogs can all be …

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Normal may be illegal – Menacing or Dangerous Dogs

menacing

Every week, I speak with someone either in a phone consult or an in person consult that is in trouble with council due to something their dog has done. They are usually in a panic because their dog will be declared menacing or dangerous and the restrictions that will be applied and the conditions they will need to meet are …

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TASPOL and Garsova Puppy Development Program, Sponsored by K9 Pro!

Raising a puppy can be a challenge for even experienced pet owners, but raising a puppy to develop it as a working K9 is a whole other level. K9 Pro is proud to be a sponsor of Garsova’s Puppy Development Program, designed to raise and development German Shepherd pups with the ultimate goal to be provided to a Policing Agency, …

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Prong collars and e-collars – why?

prong collar e collar

There is a growing debate on the use of these training aids and it really is a concerning topic. People say “Prong collars e-collars – why?” and this is a great question, but it is a poor statement. Maybe twenty years ago, many people had never heard of a prong collar, I remember using them and discussing them on various …

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Targeting success in dog training

targeting success

At K9Pro we measure our success based on how our clients feel about the services we provide. We spend our days targeting success, read on to see how you can do the same. In other words, when clients are able to get the changes in their dogs’ behaviour that they need, this is how we measure our success. Everything else …

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Choosing the right puppy

Choosing the right puppy

When you decide the time is right for a puppy to come into your life, you should really think long and hard and do some research before you take that big step. When people buy a new car, on average people keep the new car until its 4 – 6 years old, or there abouts. Now, consider how much research, …

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When your dog does not understand “No”

In this modern world, we have much deeper relationships with our dogs, few will disagree with me on this one, but as we are so taken with our dogs, are expert trainers, masters of scientifically proven positive reinforcement training systems, why are there so many dog attacks, aggressive dogs and out of control dogs? With the internet being the encyclopedia …

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Hyper active disorder in dogs

Hyper active disorder

We have all heard that the key to helping a dog with behaviour problems is exercise, but in many cases I disagree with this, in fact I wrote an article about it here. (“Why exercise may not be the answer to your dog problems“) Now many people will disagree with me here but considering I see a LOT of dogs …

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Obedience or Behaviour Modification?

Behaviour Modification

When you have a problem with your dog’s behaviour, for example aggression, separation issues, reactive or nervous behaviours then most experienced behaviourists will carry out a behaviour modification program; but to carry this program out effectively, there are often elements of obedience training that also need to be taught and trained. Very often I see clients that have a solid …

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My baby and my dog?

My baby and my dog

Bringing a baby into your home with or without dogs is going to be a disruptive exercise, anyone with children will agree, but if your dog/s are not ready for this then they may react in a way that will make this very challenging time, very much more challenging. At times a new mum contacts us at her wits end …

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7 steps to being a great leader

leader

One of the most common areas people struggle with is being an effective leader for their dog/s.The greatest differences between dogs that are trained and those that are not are:-Dogs that are trained display behaviours they have been taught vs untrained dogs display behaviours based on their instincts.Dogs that are trained have had the benefit of being taught how to …

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Is your dog your best Friend?

Now there are people who one day dream of having a (human) child and look forward to this being a BFF relationship.Many people reading this who are already parents might say that being your child’s best friend may happen SOMETIMES but most parents will agree there are many other priorities to being a responsible parent.Responsibilities are work, they mean that …

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The good dog

good dog

I was reflecting on the year (2018) and the many dog owners I have met and worked with this year and it came to me that most dog owners at some point will say “he is a good dog” or “she is a good dog”. Fair enough but what l does that actually mean? I don’t think it means as …

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Child bitten, stupid parents, bad dog, bad luck?

Recently another child bitten in Australia by a dog he was interacting with. We shared this story on our Facebook page and of courseit has gone viral with comments from dog lovers calling the parents irresponsible and stupid. At first thought it is easy to go that way, but ask yourself, “do you feel that these parents or the grandparents …

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