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...

Is Steve a Balanced Trainer?

You know, I have avoided categorising myself as a Balanced Trainer for some time, why? Well, the answer is not straight forward but if you want to better understand what various ideologies and methods are available, then this article will be worth your time. When asked, I have always referred to myself as a “results based” trainer, still do. I …

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What was your dream?

You dreamed of that puppy for so many nights, you knew what you wanted and how it was all going to unfold, slow motion running down the beach, picnics with dog friends and … None of that is happening. Your dog is out of control, aggressive, will not allow guests in your home, screams when you leave him or her …

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Buddy and his new life

We had a dog come into our board and rehab program a little while ago, a special boy with a long, very difficult life that one day ended and a new life began. Buddy was a camp dog from an Indigenous community, he survived by being leader of the pack, resilient and smart, as is necessary when you are a …

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Ban the Prong Collar?

The internet has given the world freedom of speech and the right to share our opinions. With that seems to have come the right to critique, insult, berate, attack and torture others, even if you have little to no experience on the topic in question. In my profession, everyone is an expert, even when they have little to no experience, …

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Vet visits and muzzles…

I have for a while wanted to write an article on this subject and we have a great little dog in here at the moment for rehab that prompted me to get right to it. He is a Kelpie X and has a lot of character, no really he is a cool guy, I really do like him. He is …

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Is your dog addicted to dogs?

When we think of addicts, drug use or abuse may come to mind, but addiction is better understood by realizing that it is something that the subject cannot stop, even if they wanted to. I see many dogs that fall into this category when it comes to aggression, chasing behaviours, pacing and other highly rewarding behaviours. When I say highly …

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What are your minimum standards for your dog?

On a daily basis, my staff and I provide training, rehab and behavioural services to people with dogs that are, let’s say, challenging. It may surprise you to know that many of these problems arisen simply due to the owners having very little or no standards or goals in training their pet dog. When you get a puppy that is …

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Do you NEED Board and Train?

When dogs come to see us that have major behaviour problems, it is very common they say they have been to a number of trainers before us and other board and train programs. 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 issue …

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