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...

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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Dog Sports Coaching

As a coach I feel it my job to help develop the right mindset in those who want me to coach them. A mindset that helps provide the perfect environment for them to progress as a team. The right mindset can be a complicated thing to find in dog sports, at least in my opinion anyway, but more on that …

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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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