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Balance Your 
Dog Training

Keryn Bardwell walking dogs
Cattle Dog Training sit stay
Rottweiler loose lead walking

So you have been working on your dog's training but nothing seems to be working? You've tried going to a group class and your dog played up the whole time? Or maybe you're too nervous to even try the group classes? Perhaps you've had a trainer come over but that didn't help? 

 

You're more frustrated than ever.

Your dog seems to ignore you more and more every day and their behaviours are getting worse.

 

Do you feel like:

  • Your dog could not care less what rewards you have when they spot a bird, a dog or a kid on a skateboard

  • Even when they do accept a reward you seem to be rewarding all the wrong things

  • You are not a priority to your dog

  • Your dog seems to be training you

Before things go even further down the wrong track you need to try something different. Before they go off the rails you need another solution.

You are ready to be important to your dog.

 

I'd love to introduce some balance into your training and into your life with your dog. Let's learn to reward them without needing to take food every place you ever go. I'd love to teach you how to make positive reinforcement easy and meaningful. But at the same time, I want you to learn to use your 'no' properly and make it mean something real to your dog.

In Home Program or Online Program? Our focus is the same

When we first work together our foundation skills are:

  • Your tone

  • Your timing

  • Your lead-handling skills

  • How and when to use positive reinforcement and rewards

  • Using negatives without causing fear, intimidation or pain

  • How to stop inadvertently wrecking the things you are trying to build

 

Then we'll work on some obedience:

  • Sit - on the first command, every time, no matter where when or for how long

  • Drop - and stay there

  • Mat/Bed - get on when requested and remain there until released

  • Free - to finish every command or sequence of commands

  • Walking on a loose lead

  • Coming when called (depending on the program)

Golden Retriever and owner practice recall
Multiple dog socialisation

Also important are manners:

  • No jumping up on people, furniture, doors or windows (unless invited)

  • No stealing, chewing, digging or destroying

  • No barking, whining or demanding attention

  • Boundary setting

  • Other day-to-day manners depending on your dog's needs

 

Finally, we'll begin some behavioural modification, where required:

  • Reactivity

  • Fear, aggression, or anxiety towards strangers, kids, dogs etc

  • Separation anxiety

  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours etc

My training is for you if:

  • You would love to reward your dog for good behaviour but you don't want to have to carry food everywhere you ever go

  • You want your dog to understand unacceptable behaviours

  • You want your dog to take you seriously when you say 'no'

  • You are prepared to put in practice time and reinforce behaviours as you see them - in some instances, to learn to live a different lifestyle

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