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...

Sometimes things just don’t go to plan

Last year we worked with a dog that attracted a lot of attention due to his size, aggression and I guess his breed, we actually work with many dogs with similar issues, but to be specific, this article is about Thunder. Thunder went through some amazing changes and those watching his videos commonly commented that “his whole face has changed” …

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Don’t get a high drive dog, or do?

I was thinking about many clients that come to see me with dogs that are behaving badly. They in one way or another got themselves a high drive dog without any idea that they did or what a high drive dog is. The term “drive” can be misunderstood by many to mean many things, and those things may all be …

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Dogs that cannot be boarded

I meet many people that cannot go on holidays unless they take their dog or just can’t go at all due to some of their dogs behaviours, these dogs that cannot be boarded are a huge strain on a family or person’s life. Clients say to me that they have tried taking their dog to a boarding kennel and the …

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Unlocking your dogs training potential

dogs potential

Do you have a dog that can hear the rustle of a packet and come belting into the room but cant unlock your dogs training potential? So many people will say yes and laugh, but their dog will not come when called. It should be no surprise when I tell them that they actually trained the response to the packet …

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Can dogs that have been rehabilitated regress?

board and rehab

ABSOLUTELY! And easier than you may think. Let’s think about people, I know we are not dogs and dogs are definitely not people, but when a person has an addiction to a substance or perhaps a behaviour such as gambling, they most certainly, in many cases, can be helped and get this problem under control. This is done via some …

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Obedience Club, are they the right choice for my dog

obedience club

Some people could not live without their obedience club and others don’t feel that way at all. You can be sure like everything else, there are great clubs and not so great clubs. I have worked with quite a few, presenting seminars to members and instructors and instructor training too and my experiences have been great. The actual club is …

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Dog problems, why

dog problems

I get this question hundreds of times, and rather than just throw out an answer in the moment, I decided to put some real thought into it, and like it or not, here is what I think we are seeing so many dog problems. Twenty plus years ago, our family dogs played a different role than they do today, they …

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Secure your dog, NOW!

secure your dog

I deal with a lot of legal cases that involve dogs and members of the public, neighbours etc. and my best advice to avoid legal problems would be – “secure your dog”. 95% of the cases I deal with, in which we are trying to help a person with their dog wade through a legal nightmare of their dog being …

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