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...

Obedience Club, are they the right choice for my dog

obedience club

Some people could not live without their obedience club and others don’t feel that way at all. You can be sure like everything else, there are great clubs and not so great clubs. I have worked with quite a few, presenting seminars to members and instructors and instructor training too and my experiences have been great. The actual club is …

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Dog problems, why

dog problems

I get this question hundreds of times, and rather than just throw out an answer in the moment, I decided to put some real thought into it, and like it or not, here is what I think we are seeing so many dog problems. Twenty plus years ago, our family dogs played a different role than they do today, they …

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Secure your dog, NOW!

secure your dog

I deal with a lot of legal cases that involve dogs and members of the public, neighbours etc. and my best advice to avoid legal problems would be – “secure your dog”. 95% of the cases I deal with, in which we are trying to help a person with their dog wade through a legal nightmare of their dog being …

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Frustrated with your dog?

frustrated with your dog

There is a saying, “frustration ends where knowledge begins” and if you get frustrated with your dog, maybe this is a great article for you. When I meet a frustrated owner, it is very common that their dog is frustrated also, makes sense I suppose, the dog wants something the owner does not want the dog to want. So, it …

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Stop leash pulling, start heeling? Which collar or harness?

First, I want you to know, there is no collar or harness I use or know of that will stop a dog from pulling on the leash. Let’s get that straight right away, and whilst we are here know that there ARE training aids that will REDUCE the pulling you feel, but the dog is still pulling somewhat. Without splitting …

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What is a professional dog trainer?

professional dog trainer

Since the beginning of time, or at least my time as a dog trainer, it has been my business name, then the descriptor – Professional Dog Trainer, and I wanted to talk about why I chose that descriptor. I feel a “professional” is one who conducts themselves and behaves in a professional manner. They have standards, etiquette, professional conduct etc. …

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Nosework

Nosework has grown in popularity immensely over the last few years, and this is such great news for dog owners. Now it does not matter if you want to compete in the sport of nosework or just train your dog to use his or her nose effectively for fun, enrichment or mental satisfaction for your dog, and you, it can …

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Dog Training Experience and Education

I have a lot of people ask me how they can become a trainer, how they can become more skilled maybe win dog sports competitions etc, most times these people do not give dog training experience and education enough time.   These days we want it all, yesterday. I see people go to every seminar, watch YouTube until they fall …

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