There are several approaches to dog training all of which undoubtedly work - some far better than others! The options can be confusing when deciding on the right method for you and your dog. To make the best choice it is helpful to know something about the traditional ways and to compare them with modern science-based techniques based on the fundamental laws of learning. In brief, the major difference involves a choice as to whether or not to include physical force and psychological intimidation as motivators in order to obtain a desired behaviour. If a TV or magazine personality uses a 'do-it-or-else' traditional training method it is often automatically but incorrectly assumed that they are the fount of all knowledge and their methods should be copied. Not so! Similarly if a local council or educational organisation endorses a particular training establishment it does not follow that modern, kind and efficient methods are used.
The dog training industry is still completely unregulated with a great deal of wrong and even dangerous advice being given. So, when making your enquiries, you will find it helpful to have a list of prepared questions. If the replies are vague, evasive or inadequate then you should keep looking until you find the right facility.
Asking the following questions will assist you to make a wise decision that will benefit both you and your dog:
Is food used as a training aid?
Do you use check (choker) chains?
NO. Medical studies and post mortems have shown that check chains can cause neck, nervous system or spinal injuries. We believe the only reason for a lead and collar is for safety and there is NO need to use them for education. Check chains - as well as other correctional collars such as prong collars and electric collars - are nowadays not allowed on the training grounds of the RSPCA and an increasing number of dog clubs.
Our instructors have actively participated with their own pet dogs in various dog sports - some to advanced and championship levels. All are members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, whose objective is 'better trainers through education', and several have a Certificate IV in Behavioural Dog Training, the highest tertiary accreditation in Australia for dog trainers.
They are well read and keep their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills up-to-date via use of the books on modern training in our extensive instructor's library, weekly discussion groups, training days, tele-courses, webcasts, conferences and hands-on workshops and live-in seminars.
Free training aids and comprehensive manuals, video and book loans, training sheets and action plans, telephone and e-mail support.
Do you have a guarantee?
The code of ethics of both the Delta Society Australia and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia, as well as their counterparts overseas, strictly PROHIBIT the giving of "guaranteed results" for a dog's behaviour. Why? There is NO such meaningful thing as 'guaranteed behaviour' for a person - let alone that person's dog! Nonetheless, some non-member training establishments do offer a "life time guarantee" on a dog's behaviour - after only one lesson! This promise is naturally appealing but, when analysed objectively, it is misleading as it is impossible to guarantee the behaviour of any species, humans included.We do, however, guarantee to show you a method of training and/or behaviour modification that involves no fear, pain or intimidation and is easy, effective and enjoyable at both ends of the lead. If at the end of the training session you are not happy with the information provided then we will not accept any payment from you!
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