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The dog world, the great divide

The dog world

I guess no one is immune to receiving criticism or even attacks from people in “the dog world”. No matter what you do, what breed you own, how you train it, what tools you use or won’t use, there is always someone who will have a problem with all or any of it. I guess this has always been the …

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Dog aggression, why is it so common

Dog aggression

I consult with many hundreds of desperate dogs owners every year that have dogs that display dog aggression towards other dogs, either at our facility in a Behaviour Consult, through our Board and Rehab programs, via interstate Behaviour Consults and or by Phone Consultation so I have a lot of experience when it comes to dog aggression. We have dogs …

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Raising a Puppy, a year on

Raising a puppy

Twelve months ago I wrote this blog post sharing an update on how my pup Blaze was progressing and detailing how and why we do specific things when Raising a Puppy. A year on, and everything I wrote in the blog post from last year could not be more true as I find myself with an adolescent dog coming in to …

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Don’t give up on your dog

I wanted to write this blog article because I wanted to say to everyone reading: “Don’t give up on your dog“. There are new techniques and strategies being developed every day that can get results where other methods have failed. Most importantly though, don’t choose a method of training and limit your dogs ability based on your limits, or someone elses, …

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Dog etiquette, he’s friendly

Dog etiquette

If you like to train your dog or you have or have had a dog that was reactive or fearful of other dogs, you are bound to like reading this article. If you love to have your dog race up to people and thinks that’s ok because your dog is friendly, you may not enjoy it as much. But, I would …

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Getting a puppy

Getting a puppy

So you’re getting a puppy! As many of our readers know, I work with many hundreds of people who have dogs, these include people who have dog problems, people who have dogs they wish to compete with, people who have dogs that they work with and pet owners who need help in some way shape of form; I also breed …

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Why exercise may not be the answer to your dog problems

Exercise to cure dog problems? A fit body attached to an unsatisfied mind doesn’t make for a well behaved dog, but a satisfied dog might be just be enough to have a well balanced dog. Each week I consult with a number of dog owners often dealing with hyper active, over excited, anxiously unsatisfied dogs that often are receiving as much …

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Diarrhoea in dogs and puppies

Just about all dogs from time to time will suffer loose stools or diarrhoea. I want to make clear from the start that I am not a vet and have no veterinary training, I am just speaking from my 35 plus years experience. In many cases (but not all) there is not too much to worry about but if you …

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Garsova German Shepherds

garsova

Garsova German Shepherds meet Steve Courtney from K9Pro Recently, I flew to beautiful Tasmania to work with group of people in a focus workshop on Life Skills and Training in Drive. This project was aimed at working with Jolanda Naarding from Garsova Working Line German Shepherds puppy owners from the past few litters, so I had German Shepherds from young pups …

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The Family dog

family dog

Often people come to see me and they either have or are looking for a family dog. Sometimes they may have worked with me in the past and now that they are ready to add a family dog, they ask me to help, I guess due to the trust they have in me from the help I gave them in the …

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Do dogs go to jail? – Dog Behaviourist Steve Courtney

Dog Behaviourist

My son Tyler is 11 years old and he can be a bit of a thinker. He will often “ponder” things and then ask questions about them, very often complicated questions, more complicated than you may expect from an 11 year old. He must have been thinking about Jail and he knows I am a dog behaviourist / trainer so …

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Puppy problems – intervene early!

Puppy Problems

As you can imagine, I see some dogs with some very deep seeded behaviour problems, so it makes sense to try and provide some early intervention for owners with puppy problems. The longer the dog has been exhibiting the problem, the less likely there will be total rehabilitation and the more likely it will be a part management, part rehab …

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Dog training problem, too hard, too long, too much…

dog training problem

Sometimes when you look at a dog training problem it can seem overwhelming, especially when it is your dog and he or she has a behaviour problem like aggression. Thoughts enter your head like, “he will never be safe around other dogs” and “she will never be a dog I can trust” and “if only he would …”. This has …

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Do you have a non responsive dog?

non responsive dog

I observe people and the way they interact with their dogs for a living and I hear people often describe their dog as a “non responsive dog”. Meaning when they ask the dog to do something, he or she frequently is non responsive (ignores the command). Sometimes it’s the family pet and other times it may be a performance dog, …

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Punishing puppies

Punishing puppies

The subject heading for this Blog Article is pretty confronting for some and I think others will be interested to see what is the best method when Punishing puppies. I hope I don’t disappoint when I say that when raising a puppy, my aim is to avoid all physical punishment if I can and try to save my “No’s” for …

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