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Steve Courtney Dog Training

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 Dogs With Behaviour Problems Abused?

I was walking at our local markets with our young female Malinois, Blaze, the other weekend and I got chatting to one of the locals. They mentioned they had seen Steve and myself walking some of our board and train dogs in the area most week day mornings, and asked what they are being trained for? I gave the honest answer which …

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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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7 Training Tips for Dog Owners This Christmas

Ah, the festive season is here! For us humans, Christmas time usually means having some time off work and spending it eating, drinking and having a great time with family and friends.  But what does the Christmas season mean for our dogs? Every year we see a spike in training enquiries from pet owners just after Christmas. We are busy …

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The dog world, the great divide

The dog world

I guess no one is immune to receiving criticism or even attacks from people in “the dog world”. No matter what you do, what breed you own, how you train it, what tools you use or won’t use, there is always someone who will have a problem with all or any of it. I guess this has always been the …

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Dog aggression, why is it so common

Dog aggression

I consult with many hundreds of desperate dogs owners every year that have dogs that display dog aggression towards other dogs, either at our facility in a Behaviour Consult, through our Board and Rehab programs, via interstate Behaviour Consults and or by Phone Consultation so I have a lot of experience when it comes to dog aggression. We have dogs …

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Raising a Puppy, a year on

Raising a puppy

Twelve months ago I wrote this blog post sharing an update on how my pup Blaze was progressing and detailing how and why we do specific things when Raising a Puppy. A year on, and everything I wrote in the blog post from last year could not be more true as I find myself with an adolescent dog coming in to …

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Don’t give up on your dog

I wanted to write this blog article because I wanted to say to everyone reading: “Don’t give up on your dog“. There are new techniques and strategies being developed every day that can get results where other methods have failed. Most importantly though, don’t choose a method of training and limit your dogs ability based on your limits, or someone elses, …

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