Our Training Philosophy is based in the field of Behavioural Science and Cognitive Sciences. What does that mean to a dog owner – that means our training is force free (we do not use physical corrections, pain or intimidation to train a dog). In regards to behavioural problems we use a program of training known as LIMA which means least invasive, minimally aversive, to change behaviour for the long term.
We utilise a marker (clicker or a word “yes”) to teach dogs a new behaviour, and use reinforcement to encourage the behaviours that we want from our dogs. We use management and other practical steps to curb bad behaviours, so that we can show our dogs what we expect of them. This is known as positive reinforcement or rewards-based training also.
We are force free for ethical reasons as well as practical reasons (those being that it is fast, effective and gets results) – we now know a lot more about dogs, their cognitive abilities (how they think and understand their world) that we did when punitive or physical punishments were developed and accepted in the training world. Now we understand more about them, then our training systems should develop to work with them.
As a training company we also align ourselves with the 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare as outlined by the RSPCA :
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst By ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
- Freedom from Discomfort By providing an environment including shelter & a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease By prevention by rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour By providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from Fear and Distress By insuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Our business philosophy is one of continual improvement, this means if we find an easier, quicker, less stress training technique then we are able to adapt our classes and consultations for our clients – both four legged and two legged. Why would you listen to an 8-track when you have an i-pod? Why would you train with 60 year old methods, outdated & inhumane methods when you can train with the most up to date modern, humane dog training methods? Modern dog training is about constant learning and development – we attend seminars, webinars and study the latest developments to ensure we can bring dog owners the easiest way to train their dog.
It is important when people seek out a trainer, that they understand the training methods that are being used with their dog, that the owner is comfortable with the methods, and that the trainer can explain to you what you are to do but also how the training works to change your dogs behaviour for the long term.