Steve Courtney Dog Training

How to make an aggressive dog

Most people would like to avoid ending up with an aggressive dog at all costs but don’t understand that many of the things they do are driving their puppy in this direction. My behaviour consults are filled with dogs displaying aggression driven by fear, anxiety, stress, predatory instinct, dominance and other elements that have occurred through poor education, bad experiences, …

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Death before discomfort?

Death before discomfort is a term used by some in the dog training / behaviour world and I wanted to talk about it and what it means, what people think it means and why I think the term exists. Amongst dog trainers and behaviourists there are some that support the use of all four quadrants of the operant conditioning principles …

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Motivation problems in the heeling exercise

Often I work with people and their dogs and the goal is to improve the dogs performance in the heeling exercise, whether that be for Rally O, ANKC or IPO, they are usually coming to see me to learn my Training in Drive system as they may have seen dogs that I have worked with or some of our videos …

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Can someone recommend a good dog trainer? ?

good dog trainer

I have been tagged in thousands of facebook and forum threads that often start this way “Can anyone recommend a good dog trainer?” As I scan through, it does not take long before I see the conversation going in a common direction which has posters and trainers describe what a good dog trainer or behaviourist is. Now, if I was …

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Behaviour problems are most common cause of Euthanasia

Sadly, more dogs are euthanised for behaviour problems than for any other single reason. Dogs being surrendered because their behaviour is dangerous, stressful, intolerable or illegal is at an all time high. Aggression, escaping, destructiveness, injuring people and killing children, is it any wonder why. But ask yourself this question, with such advances in modern, dog friendly training concepts and …

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Dangerous Dog

When a dog meets a certain criteria, through behaviour it can be Declared a Dangerous Dog by your local council. This will mean that your dogs lives and activities will be highly restricted to prevent any re occurrence of the behaviour. At first, this seems to be quite reasonable to most people but some of the criteria may catch some …

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Bite Sleeve, so many, which one, why?

bite sleeve

Many years ago, the goal of training bite work was to get the dog to bite a person or target item, such as a bite sleeve. These days, it can be a lot more complicated because often handlers, competitors or departments want a certain “style” of bite work to suit the sport or job they are doing. In this article …

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Dog Training Aids

dog training aids

Dog Training aids and tools are a hotly debated topic when it comes to dog training and rehab, they probably get more attention than the useful topics do, sadly. Many people may not know this but in my field, dog trainers and behaviourists are often defined by the methods and tools they use rather than whether they are effective or …

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