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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...

New Puppy? 5 Things you MUST do!

It is a real shame but most people that get a new puppy spend a very small amount of time on very basic training then stop. The next time they think that it is time to do some training is when their dog is behaving badly. This means that those people are reacting to their pups behaviour rather than training …

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The Broken Handler

broken handler

Every day I see a broken handler, broken by their dogs behaviour, they often describe their relationship with their dog as a “love / hate relationship“. There are parts of their dog that they love beyond what words can describe, but there are elements of their dogs behaviour that make them anxious, frustrated, frightened, feel weak – typically a broken …

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Off Leash dog? What to do!

off leash dog

There are many people that the title of this article will race shivers up and down their spine, they may have a dog that was, is or could be reactive or aggressive or one they do not want hurt, and when they see an off leash dog coming towards them, their world takes a big tumble. I cannot count the …

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Positive doesn’t mean good

When it comes to dog training I find that using technical jargon, “big words”, scientific terms to describe simple things a complete waste of time and learning that Positive doesn’t mean good is a big part of clearing up misconceptions in dog training. I mean, many people I see, I would say the majority, are nervous and anxious about their dogs …

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Working Dog Gear

working dog gear

When developing a dog for a working or high end sport role, using the right working dog gear can make the difference between your dog performing at a very average level or worse, not being prepared at all, to a dog that has developed his or her mind, body and behaviour to excel at what he or she has been …

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Woman Killed by dog in Canberra Australia

Today we have heard of a dog attack that has resulted in a “Woman Killed by dog in Canberra”, a man injured and Police having to shoot the dog dead to contain the threat. Amongst all the angst of dog lovers the country wide going through, the ranges of emotions that come when a dog is involved in an incident …

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Medicating dogs with Behaviour problems

Given that the dog world is a highly political place where there seems to be a need for an “us and them”, a need to name and shame trainers and behaviourists that choose different methods and techniques than you, this post has to come with some caveats. * I would first like to state that I am NOT A VETERINARIAN. …

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Are you a good dog handler?

dog handler

The term dog handler is the term used to identify or describe the person who is in charge of the dog, who guides, drives and limits the dog and helps the dog achieve success in whatever the dog handler and dog are doing and provides access to rewards and rewarding activities. I wanted to talk a bit about this role …

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