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...

Ban the Prong Collar?

The internet has given the world freedom of speech and the right to share our opinions. With that seems to have come the right to critique, insult, berate, attack and torture others, even if you have little to no experience on the topic in question. In my profession, everyone is an expert, even when they have little to no experience, …

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Vet visits and muzzles…

I have for a while wanted to write an article on this subject and we have a great little dog in here at the moment for rehab that prompted me to get right to it. He is a Kelpie X and has a lot of character, no really he is a cool guy, I really do like him. He is …

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Is your dog addicted to dogs?

When we think of addicts, drug use or abuse may come to mind, but addiction is better understood by realizing that it is something that the subject cannot stop, even if they wanted to. I see many dogs that fall into this category when it comes to aggression, chasing behaviours, pacing and other highly rewarding behaviours. When I say highly …

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What are your minimum standards for your dog?

On a daily basis, my staff and I provide training, rehab and behavioural services to people with dogs that are, let’s say, challenging. It may surprise you to know that many of these problems arisen simply due to the owners having very little or no standards or goals in training their pet dog. When you get a puppy that is …

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Do you NEED Board and Train?

When dogs come to see us that have major behaviour problems, it is far from unusual when they say they have been to a number of trainers before us. So, it stands to reason they may go to others after us, if their expectations are not met. Sometimes when working with the dog and the major issue, lets say aggression, …

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Dog Long Lines

We use and sell a lot of long lines, we have over a dozen different types and they vary between different lengths widths and materials, all fill different roles of course. So, you can bet, people ask which Long Line and why, a lot. First, I wanted to cover some facts because some people try to fool their customers into …

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Do you yell at your dog?

yell at your dog

Never? Really? How about a pointed finger? Raised voice? Only sometimes? Often? Daily? Always? Is it bad? It’s well known that I work with many difficult dogs that behave badly and sometimes very badly. Therefore it’s not unusual when we may need a piece of equipment that the owner may question, often based on previous misinformation they have received. Many …

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Performance Series – Motivating dogs 1

So, motivating dogs to offer behaviour, change behaviour, repeat behaviours and create behaviours is a big deal in todays training world. And surprisingly, very few people know how to motivate their dogs effectively, leaving them with lack lustre, unreliable, slow dogs that often just fail the exercise often. When I ask most people how they motivate their dogs, I am …

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