SteveK9Pro

Steve Courtney is a Nationally Accredited Canine Behaviour Specialist, Obedience Trainer, Law Enforcement Dog Trainer and ANKC Breeder. Steve has been training dogs all his life and in these articles he shares with you his experience...

Socialising a pup with Social Distancing?

I have a litter on the ground at the moment, so this article will be helpful to those puppy owners in a few short weeks, but the idea came from a client and now mate of mine Damian. Damian has a Malinois that he brought to see me and has done an incredible job, so thanks to him for suggesting …

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The best way to approach a dog you don’t know

This is something that very few people understand, but most think they do. Remember holding your hand out so the dog could sniff it? I guess so many of us were taught this was the right way that it has become a “fact”. The reality is that many people have been bitten that way and I never approach a dog …

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Total dog recall

dog recall

I often write article about complex behaviour problems and this makes it hard to offer any helpful advice because the complexity often means the solution is very much individual to the dog I am working with. In this article though, I wanted to talk about what many might call, “simple stuff”, because often, a dog that was a bit better …

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Council Trouble?

We get so many calls from frantic, worried and anxious dogs’ owners in a panic as their gorgeous dog has done something that has attracted unwanted council trouble. At this point I would suggest to all dog owners to know the rules that surround dog ownership and management, this can really help avoid council trouble. Your local council website or …

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Dog training mojo – GONE

I meet a lot of people who have lost their dog training mojo, they DID try, they DID want it, they DID hire a trainer or they are or were a trainer, but for some reason, many reasons maybe, it did not work, things didn’t change, something went wrong. Now if you found yourself in a situation where your dog …

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Holiday with dogs

holiday with dogs

Just after a Christmas each year, we try and get away with our kids, to slow down a little, refresh, reflect and breathe. K9Pro is super busy all the time and breaks like this just allow me to change the pace a little and let off the gas pedal, so to speak. We had planned to travel to the Sunshine …

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Sometimes things just don’t go to plan

Last year we worked with a dog that attracted a lot of attention due to his size, aggression and I guess his breed, we actually work with many dogs with similar issues, but to be specific, this article is about Thunder. Thunder went through some amazing changes and those watching his videos commonly commented that “his whole face has changed” …

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Don’t get a high drive dog, or do?

I was thinking about many clients that come to see me with dogs that are behaving badly. They in one way or another got themselves a high drive dog without any idea that they did or what a high drive dog is. The term “drive” can be misunderstood by many to mean many things, and those things may all be …

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