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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...

Your dog is normal

At some point, your dog’s behaviour has been going on so long or so often that you may just accept that it can’t be changed. You adjust to calling it normal, but at K9 Pro, we aim to create a new normal. Over stimulated, over excited, hyperactive, always on, fear aggressive, predatory aggressive, dominant and anxious dogs can all be …

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Normal may be illegal – Menacing or Dangerous Dogs

menacing

Every week, I speak with someone either in a phone consult or an in person consult that is in trouble with council due to something their dog has done. They are usually in a panic because their dog will be declared menacing or dangerous and the restrictions that will be applied and the conditions they will need to meet are …

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Prong collars and e-collars – why?

prong collar e collar

There is a growing debate on the use of these training aids and it really is a concerning topic. People say “Prong collars e-collars – why?” and this is a great question, but it is a poor statement. Maybe twenty years ago, many people had never heard of a prong collar, I remember using them and discussing them on various …

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Targeting success in dog training

targeting success

At K9Pro we measure our success based on how our clients feel about the services we provide. We spend our days targeting success, read on to see how you can do the same. In other words, when clients are able to get the changes in their dogs’ behaviour that they need, this is how we measure our success. Everything else …

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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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