Training philosophy

Understanding how behaviour works is the key

How we train

Effective dog training is based on force-free, humane and scientifically proven training methods. We DO USE a lot of food, toys, our attention or anything else in the environment that the dog wants in exchange for polite behaviours. We DO NOT USE prong/pinch/electronic/choke collars, leash corrections with any type of collar, spray bottles, physical corrections (pokes, jabs, pinches), intimidation or startling techniques.

We teach you and your dog the principle of positive reinforcement training whether we are training the basics, more advanced behaviours or changing unwanted behaviours. In the current light of scientific knowledge we now know that positive reinforcement is the most efficient and quickest way of learning. Think of yourself in a new job you just started, would you rather have a slap on your fingers every time you do something wrong or positive feedback every time you do something right? And depending on which response you get how do you think it would affect your relationship with your employer?

Positive reinforcement can be any reward that the dog wants, for instance a piece of food, a toy or something fun in the environment. We cannot decide the nature of the reinforcement for the dog, the dog will tell us what he wants. Therefore, it is worth experimenting a little what really motivates YOUR dog.

We do not train only the dog using positive reinforcement; we employ the same principle to teaching people, which makes learning efficient and fun also for you.

How about teaching the dog who is the leader in the household? Doesn’t my dog have to obey me the instant I tell him to do something? A fact about positive reinforcement that many people do not realize is that positive is not permissive. Of course we can physically or verbally stop them from doing something harmful/dangerous. But this will not teach the dog what to do. Training is about teaching the dog what TO do. Leadership and dominance are terms still often misinterpreted in the training world, and even though they certainly exist in social hierarchies of wild animals, they are not a training methodology. See American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior statements for more information.

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Why choose us

It can be difficult to choose a dog trainer from the abundance of services out there. Dog training is a highly unregulated field; anyone can claim to be a professional trainer. But think of the following: even if you have driven a car for 30 years does this mean that you can take the engine apart and reassemble it? Probably not, unless you have studied it. Would you hire a lawyer or a doctor who has no formal education from a reputable institution? The same norm applies to dog training: you need a trainer who has studied behaviour and understands how you can successfully modify it. We make sure that you and your dog will receive the attention that you deserve.