Hi to all the Cairns dog owners out there. I would like to introduce myself as the Cairns trainer for Sitdropstay.
I have been obsessed with animals for as long as I can remember. I have always had a natural affinity with them and find it easy to be with and understand them. Working with dogs and owners and helping them connect and understand each other is a perfect fit for me. I can’t imagine doing anything else. When I was little, I used to dream about having all the pets in the world, and when I sadly found out that this was ‘impossible’, my dad very wisely said, “You can’t own animals Emma, they are angels, and they always choose to live with the people who need them the most. Why don’t you get a job with animals, that way they can live with other people but you can still go and visit them and help them every day”. That idea stuck with me (thanks, Dad) and so here I am. Every dog I meet I feel connected to J
We have learned so much about animal psychology in the last few years and there has been a huge shift in across many areas regarding natural methods and listening to the animals themselves. Rather than to assume we are teaching them things, we are tuning into what they already know. Your dog has a lot to teach you if you will listen. They help us to be aware of ourselves and reflect our beliefs, attitudes, energy and emotions. To achieve genuine influence over your dog, you must first achieve influence over yourself. Your dog is an amazing little guru and is constantly helping you learn and grow. The more problematic the experience seems, the more opportunity you have to learn! You probably don’t want to hear this right now if you are having problems, but often blessings come in disguise 🙂
Please give me a call if you’d like some help with any aspect of your dog’s behaviour or training. Most issues can be resolved in 3 sessions, and often less. I am very heavily focused on giving dog owners the tools and skills required to be the very best guardians they can be. It’s not just about the dog, you need to do your part too. Become educated and empowered and see how differently your dog responds!
One of the things people seem really confused about these days and often ask me first in regards to dog training is if I use a positive only approach, as there is a lot of information and pressure out there promoting this as the most humane training available and the only way to go if you love your dog. My answer is a confident and proud no I don’t only use positive reinforcement. Yes, I use positive reinforcement whenever possible and appropriate, of course, but certainly not exclusively. (Can you say no without causing fear, pain or intimidation? Of course! It is the way it is done. You say no to your kids don’t you? Are they traumatised because you set boundaries? Of course not. We say “no” because we love them!) As easy as it would be to tell you to just walk around with an armload of treats and bribe or distract your dog from doing what you want, not only would it not work around distractions, but it would be disempowering and disrespectful to both of you. I’d like for your dog to cooperate with you because they see you as someone worthy of following and because they love feeling appreciated. For that to happen, you first need trust and respect.
Every dog is trainable and every problem has a solution. Don’t worry if what you have previously tried hasn’t worked, that just means that you need to do things differently! Don’t give up! It’s never too late. Let us help you create the dog you want.