What we teach
We only use force free techniques in our dog training methods. This means we do not use any force (hitting/lead tugging etc etc) to correct a dogs behaviour and only use positive re-enforcement.
The difference between training and behaviour: When looking for a trainer it is important to understand what the issues with your dog are so that you can seek someone who is appropriately experienced and qualified in that area.
The importance of feedback: The Confident K9 trainers provide extensive written feedback reports & easy to follow written training programs for the owner to follow with all our private sessions.
Walking Nicely on a Lead
Meeting and Greeting (not jumping up)
To Come When Called
To Wait Patiently
To Settle and be Calm
To Tolerate Frustration
Dog to dog reactivity
Anxiety based aggression
Know the differences:
If your dog has some obedience issues such as pulling on the lead, not coming when called, jumping up, toilet training and puppy training the likelihood is that you will need a trainer.
A dog trainer helps you to teach your dog to perform specific tasks or actions. They can also teach your dog not to do certain things such as barking and not rushing through doors.
Trainers are like teachers.
The focus of behaviorists are similar to a pet physiologist and they will be able to understand, assess and work on resolving abnormal problem behaviours.
These are things like separation anxiety, reactivity to other dogs, nervousness, over exuberance, resource guarding and aggression. The behaviourist will need to change how the dog ‘feels’ and use specialist behavior modification techniques to change the emotions of the dog. They deeply understand the normal behavior of the dog and spend time counseling owners about the way they interact with their dog and how to help them.
The process generally takes longer than training as changing emotions is a more complex process.
These are similar to a dog physiatrist. They are qualified veterinarians who have specialized in behavior. A veterinary behaviourist is able to prescribe medication and often see’s the most severe cases.