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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...

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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