Private Dog Training

Private school for your canine scholar

Sometimes classes aren’t the right fit
You may be struggling with behaviour issues, or just struggling to find time in a busy schedule to make it to class. No worries – my team and I are happy to come to you with a personalised training solution.

Let us help with:

  • Basic manners like coming when called, sitting when asked, and walking instead of pulling.
  • Disruptive behaviours like barking, house soiling, digging, chewing, and other forms of destruction.
  • Worrisome behaviour issues like shyness, fear, leash reactivity, and aggression toward dogs or people.

How we help:

Simply put, we come to your home to meet you and your dog and learn about your training goals. We help you understand why your dog is doing what you wish he’d stop, or not doing what you’d like to see more of. Then we get down to the business of making positive change through positive training. We teach you how to train you dog or, if you’re busy and need to see faster results, we’ll do the training for you!

For: All dogs and owners looking for personalised training solutions.

Where and when: Your home, at a time convenient to you.

Cost: $190 for an initial 90-minute consultation, followed by personalised training sessions as needed priced at $95 per hour

How we train:

In accordance with the leading professional training schools and organisations, we use only positive, reward-based training. Behavioural science has seen leaps and bounds over the last two decades, releasing us from traditional training methods based on pain, discomfort, or intimidation, as well as outmoded concepts like “alpha” and “dominance”. And that’s a good thing – not only is positive training every bit as effective, it’s much safer and much, much more fun.

Aggression: Did you know?

More often than not, aggressive behaviours like barking, lunging, growling, snapping, and even biting are expressions of fear. Some fearful dogs hide or run away. Others have learned that big, scary displays make the thing they want distance from move away from them.

While this can be an effective strategy for a dog, it’s certainly not safe or socially acceptable. Aggressive dogs, whatever their motivation, are also stressful to live with. Whether your dog is showing signs of aggression toward other dogs, strangers, or family members, the earlier you seek help the better, as aggressive behaviour displays generally grow worse over time.

Can something really be done?

Absolutely. Though every dog and case are different, positive-based training can greatly reduce your stress by seeking to change the way your dog sees the world. If he’s no longer afraid of strangers, there’s no need to bark and lunge to make strangers go away.

Unfortunately, traditional training methods that rely on punishing aggressive behaviours result in either worsening the behaviour (by confirming through punishment that there was something to be worried about in the first place) or it’s suppression (by “punishing it out,” or making the dog afraid to express his discomfort). While suppression initially looks like success, in reality the dog’s inner state has not changed; he’s only ceased to express his fear or dislike. Without the warning signs of barking or growling to let people or other animals know to back off, the risk of a bite increases significantly.

Fortunately, positive training can change both how your dog feels about what he dislikes, as well as his behaviour. Not only is this modern training approach more effective, it’s also enjoyable for dog and human alike.

Fortunately, positive training can change both how your dog feels about what he dislikes, as well as his behaviour.

Not only is this modern training approach more effective, it’s also enjoyable for dog and human alike.

In short, there really is relief for those living with aggressive dogs. If that’s for you we’d love to help.

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