Still Not Sure If Hairy Tales Can Help You?
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My training methods are rooted in improving your relationship and communication with your dog. I believe there is a time and place for all methods of training except for fear and intimidation techniques. The methods I use always depend on your dogs personality, and what types of behaviours we are trying to encourage or discourage.
If your dog is food motivated, then yes. When teaching new behaviours, I do use treats. Once the behaviour can be preformed at a rate of success of 100% with treats, the treats will be quickly phased out in exchange for your affection. Treats are not the be all end all of rewards. If your dog is not food motivated, there are other things we can find that might motivate your dog more, like a certain toy for example.
Yes, positive reinforcement is essential to a dog understanding what behaviour is good and which behaviours they should continue. Positive reinforcement can be in the form of food, affection or play, and while I use all 3, I do try to phase out food as quickly as possible. Your love and affection should be the most important reward. My methods and techniques will always be customized and catered to your dog’s needs..
Yes. This is a common catch phrase people use in the dog training world as it makes them sound more legitimate. “Science based dog training” doesn’t actually mean anything, other than the fact that you are using methods that have been proven in science to work. The “positive only” or “R+” trainers will use this phrase to say that they only use positive reinforcement to train. This is not science based because there are 4 quadrants to learning, not just 1, and all 4 should be utilized at appropriate times for the fastest learning to occur.
If this is what you want to learn, yes. Clicker training was originally created to teach wild animals to do tricks for wartime tasks and circus performances. The sound of the clicker along with a food reward was proven to help these animals understand that they did the trick correctly.
When teaching new behaviours, I use this method, but instead of a clicker, I use the word “yes”. It is important to me that when we are communicating with our furry family members, that we do not need to rely on anything other than our own voice. Dogs and humans have evolved to communicate with each other in a way that no other mammals have done. Dogs understand our voice as well as human language. We can achieve the same training goals using our voice rather than a piece of plastic.
Using your voice is also more successful at creating better communication and a deeper bond between you and your furbaby.
When dogs interact with each other naturally, they will always correct behaviours that are inappropriate. If a behaviour is acceptable they will do nothing. This is important for us to understand when we are dealing with unwanted behaviours, because for every time you do nothing or do not effectively teach them the behaviour is unacceptable, you are sending them the message that the behaviour must be acceptable.
In dog cognition, punishment is known as something you add to take away unwanted behaviours. I prefer the word “correction” or “interruption”. Sometimes, this correction can be as simple as asking the dog to sit. Dogs need to understand when they are doing something unacceptable, equally as much as they need to know when they are doing something good. That being said, I will not use any techniques that are based on fear or intimidation.
My methods are based on building a relationship of trust and respect between you and your dog, as well as improving communication between the two of you. Without developing that special relationship using the methods I teach you, the training will not be effective. The only training I will do for you, is to prepare your dog for behaving with a dog walker. See my list of services for more information on my dog walk-training.
Yes, I offer in-person sessions both at my training studio and at your home, or where training is needed. Click here to book now.
I am currently offering web sessions via Zoom. These sessions are just as effective as an in person session, unless you are experiencing behavioural issues with your dog that you are physically having trouble dealing with. If you are having trouble controlling your dog, this is when an in person session becomes necessary. Click here to book now.
Unfortunately, I am not currently offering boarding. I can however recommend some great places and people you can trust, and will take great care of your dog. E-mail me and I can send them to you.
I only provide walk & train, however, I do have some recommendations for dog walkers in Toronto. Please e-mail me with your location and I will see if I have someone I can recommend in your area.
Board and train in and of itself is simply not effective. It will not work unless the owners put in an equal amount of work when the dog is back at home.
You cannot expect your dog to change if you are not ready to change yourself. Changing your dogs behaviors requires changing your habits, and lifestyle with your dog.
In rare circumstances, I will do a board and train as long as I know that the owners are dedicated to the dogs training once the board and train is complete. The dog will revert back to their old ways if the owners do not continue with the work that is done during a board and train. I will never do a board in train before doing at least two or three sessions with you and your dog, to see if you are ready to put in the work.
If you think you and your dog would qualify for a board and train, please contact me to book a session so I can assess your situation and find you a solution to your doggy problems.
Specific training tools depend on your training goals or dogs behavioural issue. I might recommend specific training tools if I believe it will help in your progress. Training tool choices are always catered to your dogs specific needs.
I do offer e-collar training.
If used correctly, e-collar training can be an extremely useful tool for both rehabilitation of behavioural issues, as well as recall training. I have rehabilitated even some of the most traumatized rescues using e-collars. Before e-collar training, these dogs were scared and insecure. Today they are happy and confident pups.
E-collar training is very specialized and should ALWAYS be done with a professional who knows what they are doing. I will only work with specific e-collar companies for the sake of reliability. If you don’t already have an e-collar, and you are interested in getting one, I am a re-seller for E-collar Technologies and Dogtra, which are the two brands I recommend. I will not sell e-collars to anyone without having a session with them first, or knowing the trainer that they have previously worked with.
If you are interested in getting more information on e-collar training, please contact me so we can speak about this over the phone, or video chat.
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I can promise you that if you put in the effort and work with me to make the changes and recommendations I give you, you will see an improvement, and your dog will and can get better. Only 1% of dogs can’t be rehabilitated due to neurological problems. Click here to book now.
Yes. I will always be open to training a dog regardless of their history. Click here to book now.