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...

What is a professional dog trainer?

professional dog trainer

Since the beginning of time, or at least my time as a dog trainer, it has been my business name, then the descriptor – Professional Dog Trainer, and I wanted to talk about why I chose that descriptor. I feel a “professional” is one who conducts themselves and behaves in a professional manner. They have standards, etiquette, professional conduct etc. …

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Nosework has grown in popularity immensely over the last few years, and this is such great news for dog owners. Now it does not matter if you want to compete in the sport of nosework or just train your dog to use his or her nose effectively for fun, enrichment or mental satisfaction for your dog, and you, it can …

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Dog Training Experience and Education

I have a lot of people ask me how they can become a trainer, how they can become more skilled maybe win dog sports competitions etc, most times these people do not give dog training experience and education enough time.   These days we want it all, yesterday. I see people go to every seminar, watch YouTube until they fall …

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Science based dog training? Shut up and train the dog already!

science based

In the last half a dozen or so years I see more people spruiking to anyone that will listen how their training is “science based” or “scientifically proven”. This is a subject that seems to come up a lot when a client is telling me that they have been training elsewhere with little to no results to show after months …

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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


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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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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