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...

Effective dog training

Effective socialisation – effective training – effective reward – effective management – effective punishment – effective leadership? If you are training dogs, it should be just effective dog training! Why I use the term “effective” so often is that I see so many people and so many dogs that have had training, socialisation, management, and other things and got nowhere. …

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You, your dog, social isolation

As we progress through the social isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are spending a lot more time with their dogs, in many cases this is great news, but not all. First, let us agree that too much of ANYTHING is a bad thing, just as bad as not enough in some cases. An example is drinking water. If you …

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Dog training concepts vs technique

This is an article I wanted to write for a while, and if you’re smart, a light bulb should go off and you begin to look at training in a new, more effective, and powerful way. First of all, some thought producing things that might help, set the scene. Often when we are training our dogs with food and the …

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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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