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  • Effective And Intuitive, Motivation-based Dog Training

    We specialize in private in-home lessons to tackle the problem right where it's occurring, giving you the skills to solve your dog's behavioural issues. Our lessons (behaviour change programs or obedience training) are one-on-one, while still maintaining the competitive pricing of group lessons.
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Today's post is about how dog trainers aren't magicians 🎩 I am constantly asked to devise dog training plans for people who want the impossible -- literally! People want to solve anything from compulsive behaviours to potty training issue with a magic wand. I try to make dog training as simple as possible, with the intent to formulate plans that are tailored to the family I'm working with. If the family is less than active, has a busy work-life, doesn't have the funds... I have become pretty good at creating training plans that I think have the greatest likelihood of being followed. I'm a people-pleaser, it's not my favourite quality of my many, but alas, I can't deny it. That being said, there is only so much a trainer can do. It would be ridiculous for you to try and bargain with your personal trainer because you want to run a marathon but don't have the time or proper equipment to train for one, so why is it so hard for people to understand that dog trainers aren't mythical creatures who can get your dog to
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corbies.dog.training
Mar 23, 2017
Today's post is about how dog trainers aren't magicians 🎩 I am constantly asked to devise dog training plans for people who want the impossible -- literally! People want to solve anything from compulsive behaviours to potty training issue with a magic wand. I try to make dog training as simple as possible, with the intent to formulate plans that are tailored to the family I'm working with. If the family is less than active, has a busy work-life, doesn't have the funds... I have become pretty good at creating training plans that I think have the greatest likelihood of being followed. I'm a people-pleaser, it's not my favourite quality of my many, but alas, I can't deny it. That being said, there is only so much a trainer can do. It would be ridiculous for you to try and bargain with your personal trainer because you want to run a marathon but don't have the time or proper equipment to train for one, so why is it so hard for people to understand that dog trainers aren't mythical creatures who can get your dog to "behave" with just their mere presence? There isn't always a way, even assuming you couldn't care less about the dog's wellbeing. You want to be able to just get your dog to stop barking at the window, but you don't want to change anything in your house or do the training work? You want a good recall but can't be bothered to go outside and work on it? Your young child harasses your senior dog, and you want the dog to just accept being clobbered, instead of reacting in a way you feel is unacceptable? There isn't always a possible solution if your circumstances are so stringent that you're already doing all you're willing to do. Sometimes the answer is that you simply shouldn't have a dog, or get a second (or third!) one. Even if you've loved -insert breed here- your whole life, that type of dog may not be right for you. Some dogs won't require too much work, but if you have an issue you want to change, a goal to achieve, just remember, "if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got." - Henry Ford, possibly someone else. #dogtraining #dogtrainer #bestwoof #jj_welovepets
🍔🥓🌭🧀Myth: Whatever humans eat will be perceived as human-food by your dog, and giving him any of these products will result in a dog that begs for food and becomes a finicky eater.

Truth: Whether you eat kibble, or Fido eats fettuccine alfredo, what you eat is human food, and what he eats is dog food.
Dogs don’t generalize well, for them, their food is what is given to them in areas where they’d normally eat food, like their food dish. Your food is what is eaten by you where you normally eat, like the dinner table. Dogs learn to beg when they are given food, any food, while you’re eating. It’s not what you’re eating, it’s that you’re giving it to him in a specific situation, which he will remember as an opportunity to have a snack!

This myth tends to get in the way of effective training when dog owners refuse to treat their dog with anything but boring kibble, which most dogs don’t consider to be of particularly high value. Rewarding your dog during training with foods such as cheese or meat won’t ruin their “manners” or turn them off of kibble… So, go ahead, give your dog something tasty* for a job well-done during training.

Good luck, and happy training! *Make sure that what you’re thinking of using during your dog’s training isn’t toxic or unhealthy for dogs, such as avocado, chocolate, grapes (especially raisins), tea, coffee, xylitol, onion, and alcohol, just to name a few. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #k9 #dogsofinsta
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corbies.dog.training
Mar 20, 2017
🍔🥓🌭🧀Myth: Whatever humans eat will be perceived as human-food by your dog, and giving him any of these products will result in a dog that begs for food and becomes a finicky eater. Truth: Whether you eat kibble, or Fido eats fettuccine alfredo, what you eat is human food, and what he eats is dog food. Dogs don’t generalize well, for them, their food is what is given to them in areas where they’d normally eat food, like their food dish. Your food is what is eaten by you where you normally eat, like the dinner table. Dogs learn to beg when they are given food, any food, while you’re eating. It’s not what you’re eating, it’s that you’re giving it to him in a specific situation, which he will remember as an opportunity to have a snack! This myth tends to get in the way of effective training when dog owners refuse to treat their dog with anything but boring kibble, which most dogs don’t consider to be of particularly high value. Rewarding your dog during training with foods such as cheese or meat won’t ruin their “manners” or turn them off of kibble… So, go ahead, give your dog something tasty* for a job well-done during training. Good luck, and happy training! *Make sure that what you’re thinking of using during your dog’s training isn’t toxic or unhealthy for dogs, such as avocado, chocolate, grapes (especially raisins), tea, coffee, xylitol, onion, and alcohol, just to name a few. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #k9 #dogsofinsta
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Mar 18, 2017
"Snow? What snow? I wasn't eating any snow." ❄️❄️❄️ #bordercolliemix #snowday #jj_welovepets #dogsofinstgram #bestwoof
Myth: Dogs perceive guilt. When he gets scolded and cowers, or scurries away, Fido knows what he’s done!

Truth: Dogs have complex emotions, make no mistake, but not such complex ones as guilt. Even assuming your dog links your anger to something he did (which is doubtful), he isn’t sorry, he just doesn’t want to get in trouble.

The behaviours we consider as being manifestations of a dog’s guilty conscience are actually known as 'appeasement behaviours': gaze aversion, head lowering, tail tucking and cowering are exhibited to defuse tension.

A common situation that seems to prove to so many owners that canine guilt exists is the pathetic display of appeasement behaviours once you return home, and Fido has done something: You don’t know what it is, or where it’s been hidden, just that it’s somewhere in the house. Fido comes bounding towards you, happy to see his favourite person, and you immediately ask him, “What have you done this time?” He knows your slightly tense body language from the last time you yelled at him, while pointing to some slobbery pieces of rubber, the only remnants of what was once a shoe.

Uh-oh. Time say “sorry” by cowering and looking away…

But what really happened? Simple: he doesn’t want to get yelled at, so he immediately averts his gaze, cowers and moves away from you. Last time he did that, you let up, and the tension dissipated.

While most dogs don’t want to incite your ire, every dog is different: some will be put off by as little as a stern look and slightly tense posture, while others shake it off (sometimes literally!) and aren’t as affected by your irritation.

Dogs are sensitive, intelligent animals, but there's no place for guilt among their many cognitive faculties. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #germanshepherd #dogbehavior #k9
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corbies.dog.training
Mar 17, 2017
Myth: Dogs perceive guilt. When he gets scolded and cowers, or scurries away, Fido knows what he’s done! Truth: Dogs have complex emotions, make no mistake, but not such complex ones as guilt. Even assuming your dog links your anger to something he did (which is doubtful), he isn’t sorry, he just doesn’t want to get in trouble. The behaviours we consider as being manifestations of a dog’s guilty conscience are actually known as 'appeasement behaviours': gaze aversion, head lowering, tail tucking and cowering are exhibited to defuse tension. A common situation that seems to prove to so many owners that canine guilt exists is the pathetic display of appeasement behaviours once you return home, and Fido has done something: You don’t know what it is, or where it’s been hidden, just that it’s somewhere in the house. Fido comes bounding towards you, happy to see his favourite person, and you immediately ask him, “What have you done this time?” He knows your slightly tense body language from the last time you yelled at him, while pointing to some slobbery pieces of rubber, the only remnants of what was once a shoe. Uh-oh. Time say “sorry” by cowering and looking away… But what really happened? Simple: he doesn’t want to get yelled at, so he immediately averts his gaze, cowers and moves away from you. Last time he did that, you let up, and the tension dissipated. While most dogs don’t want to incite your ire, every dog is different: some will be put off by as little as a stern look and slightly tense posture, while others shake it off (sometimes literally!) and aren’t as affected by your irritation. Dogs are sensitive, intelligent animals, but there's no place for guilt among their many cognitive faculties. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #germanshepherd #dogbehavior #k9
A recent discussion on semantics gave me pause for thought about misleading terminology in my profession.

In my experience, the main “culprits” are those trying to mask aversive tools and methods as something less unpleasant than they are, in order to justify their use or sell said tools and methods to clients. I’m not talking about people who use terms incorrectly, oftentimes unknowingly, but the terms and adjectives that intentionally misrepresent what they actually are.

I’m not going to get into all the terms, mainly because I’m sure that they vary from region to region, going beyond the ones that have made it onto the internet. The point of this post is to warn people who are looking to learn more about dog training — online, through books or by hiring a dog trainer — that you need to really understand what each word means, and if you couldn’t define it yourself, you may be signing up for something you don’t want.

Here are some examples, do you recognize any of these? I’m considered a balanced dog trainer by the definition commonly agreed upon, but so are many trainers who use methods I don’t agree with. I use collar corrections, ‘time-outs,’ removing prized resources, among other techniques, as well as positive reinforcement. Some dog trainers who claim to be balanced will use pain, fear and intimidation in an attempt to curb unwanted behaviours. With such a vast difference, you’re going to want more information. Did you notice the term “correction?” By definition, it’s an act that corrects, but that can mean a slight 'pop' (yup, there’s another one!) all the way to the appalling technique known as 'helicoptering a dog.' I’ve heard of eclectic dog training, motivation-based and science-based. I associate with eclectic, motivation- and science-based training, but what does that mean to you?

Simple semantics? Perhaps. But considering that words are so important to us, we might want to be a little more discerning when choosing a dog trainer — and not only.

Good luck, and happy training! #dogtrainer #dogtraining #bestwoof #bordercollie
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corbies.dog.training
Mar 15, 2017
A recent discussion on semantics gave me pause for thought about misleading terminology in my profession. In my experience, the main “culprits” are those trying to mask aversive tools and methods as something less unpleasant than they are, in order to justify their use or sell said tools and methods to clients. I’m not talking about people who use terms incorrectly, oftentimes unknowingly, but the terms and adjectives that intentionally misrepresent what they actually are. I’m not going to get into all the terms, mainly because I’m sure that they vary from region to region, going beyond the ones that have made it onto the internet. The point of this post is to warn people who are looking to learn more about dog training — online, through books or by hiring a dog trainer — that you need to really understand what each word means, and if you couldn’t define it yourself, you may be signing up for something you don’t want. Here are some examples, do you recognize any of these? I’m considered a balanced dog trainer by the definition commonly agreed upon, but so are many trainers who use methods I don’t agree with. I use collar corrections, ‘time-outs,’ removing prized resources, among other techniques, as well as positive reinforcement. Some dog trainers who claim to be balanced will use pain, fear and intimidation in an attempt to curb unwanted behaviours. With such a vast difference, you’re going to want more information. Did you notice the term “correction?” By definition, it’s an act that corrects, but that can mean a slight 'pop' (yup, there’s another one!) all the way to the appalling technique known as 'helicoptering a dog.' I’ve heard of eclectic dog training, motivation-based and science-based. I associate with eclectic, motivation- and science-based training, but what does that mean to you? Simple semantics? Perhaps. But considering that words are so important to us, we might want to be a little more discerning when choosing a dog trainer — and not only. Good luck, and happy training! #dogtrainer #dogtraining #bestwoof #bordercollie
I let the grizzly run around for the first time since his surgery. I couldn't let him miss the second real snowfall of the season. The giant bald patch on his ribs doesn't seem to bother him. #germanshepherd #dogsofinstagram #snowdog #bestwoof
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Mar 14, 2017
I let the grizzly run around for the first time since his surgery. I couldn't let him miss the second real snowfall of the season. The giant bald patch on his ribs doesn't seem to bother him. #germanshepherd #dogsofinstagram #snowdog #bestwoof
Way too accurate, I just had to post this. 😤 #dogtraining #dogtrainer #ilovemydog
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Mar 08, 2017
Way too accurate, I just had to post this. 😤 #dogtraining #dogtrainer #ilovemydog
Every dog should be a forever-dog, not an until-dog. Link in bio. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #dogsofinstgram
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Mar 01, 2017
Every dog should be a forever-dog, not an until-dog. Link in bio. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #dogsofinstgram
With a picture of such a peaceful moment can only come an article about.. stress! Link in bio. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #moderndogtraining
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Feb 27, 2017
With a picture of such a peaceful moment can only come an article about.. stress! Link in bio. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #moderndogtraining
Bath time at the @petvalu self-serve dog bathing station.. a life-saver for [muddy] dog owners. Clean and equipped with towels, shampoo and a cool air dryer. 👌 it's only fitting that today's post be about grooming! Link in bio. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #petvalu
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Feb 24, 2017
Bath time at the @petvalu self-serve dog bathing station.. a life-saver for [muddy] dog owners. Clean and equipped with towels, shampoo and a cool air dryer. 👌 it's only fitting that today's post be about grooming! Link in bio. #dogtrainer #dogtraining #petvalu
Corrections vs. Punishment: are they the same? If you answered,
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corbies.dog.training
Feb 22, 2017
Corrections vs. Punishment: are they the same? If you answered, "No!" this article is definitely for you. 📖Link in bio. Every so often, I'll have to demystify the same common (randomly specific) misconception often. These past couple of days have been all about the use of aversives, hence this post. #dogtrainer #dogbehavior #dogtraining #excellent_dogs
So, are you a responsible dog owner? Link in bio. #dogtraining #dogtrainer #dogowner
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Feb 21, 2017
So, are you a responsible dog owner? Link in bio. #dogtraining #dogtrainer #dogowner
Every once in a while, it's good to go back to the basics. Today's topic is about the ideal dog training treat. Link in the bio #dogtraining #dogtrainer
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Feb 19, 2017
Every once in a while, it's good to go back to the basics. Today's topic is about the ideal dog training treat. Link in the bio #dogtraining #dogtrainer
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Feb 18, 2017
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Feb 16, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day 💕the one day a year you can eat all the treats you want, and the calories don't count! 😉 #valentinesday #black_and_white #bestwoof #excellent_dogs #jj_welovepets #dogsofinsta #nikon
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Feb 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day 💕the one day a year you can eat all the treats you want, and the calories don't count! 😉 #valentinesday #black_and_white #bestwoof #excellent_dogs #jj_welovepets #dogsofinsta #nikon
It snowed again, yesterday. 😭 it's so cooooold.. it's still about 15-20 degrees C above the average for this time of year, so there is that... 🌨💨☃️ #germanshepherd #gsd #sablesheppy #dogscorner #topdogphoto #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #canadiandogs #workingdog #schutzhund #ipo #jj_welovedogs #excellent_dogs #bestwoof #igclub_dogs #ohcanada
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Feb 13, 2017
It snowed again, yesterday. 😭 it's so cooooold.. it's still about 15-20 degrees C above the average for this time of year, so there is that... 🌨💨☃️ #germanshepherd #gsd #sablesheppy #dogscorner #topdogphoto #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #canadiandogs #workingdog #schutzhund #ipo #jj_welovedogs #excellent_dogs #bestwoof #igclub_dogs #ohcanada
.. and just like that, the snow was all gone. We actually had a little patch of snow near the shed left, but Strider peed on it so many times, he ended up melting it. ❄️ #bordercollie #australianshepherd #pomeranian #dogscorner #aplacetolovedogs #canadiandogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofcanada #igclubdogs #bestofpack #bestwoof #topdogphoto #adoptdontshop #muttskickbutt #jj_welovepets #excellent_dogs #pets_perfection #igcutest_animals #nofilternikon
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Feb 12, 2017
.. and just like that, the snow was all gone. We actually had a little patch of snow near the shed left, but Strider peed on it so many times, he ended up melting it. ❄️ #bordercollie #australianshepherd #pomeranian #dogscorner #aplacetolovedogs #canadiandogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofcanada #igclubdogs #bestofpack #bestwoof #topdogphoto #adoptdontshop #muttskickbutt #jj_welovepets #excellent_dogs #pets_perfection #igcutest_animals #nofilternikon
Yesterday was Feb. 10th, a month and a half before spring, and we finally got our first snowfall of the season.. a whopping 1cm. We're in Canada, btw, a country 80% of the world's population thinks is permanently covered in snow. ❄️⛄️ #germanshepherd #gsd #sablesheppy #dogscorner #topdogphoto #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #canadiandogs #workingdog #schutzhund #ipo #jj_welovedogs #excellent_dogs #bestwoof #igclub_dogs #ohcanada
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Feb 11, 2017
Yesterday was Feb. 10th, a month and a half before spring, and we finally got our first snowfall of the season.. a whopping 1cm. We're in Canada, btw, a country 80% of the world's population thinks is permanently covered in snow. ❄️⛄️ #germanshepherd #gsd #sablesheppy #dogscorner #topdogphoto #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #canadiandogs #workingdog #schutzhund #ipo #jj_welovedogs #excellent_dogs #bestwoof #igclub_dogs #ohcanada
Why so serious? 😒 #bordercollie #australianshepherd #pomeranian #petfever #dogscorner #aplacetolovedogs #canadiandogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofcanada #snapwagdogs #igclubdogs #bestofpack #bestwoof #topdogphoto #adoptdontshop #muttskickbutt #jj_welovepets #excellent_dogs #pets_perfection #dailydogfeatures #features_do2 #igcutest_animals #adventurewithdogs #nofilternikon
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Feb 09, 2017
Why so serious? 😒 #bordercollie #australianshepherd #pomeranian #petfever #dogscorner #aplacetolovedogs #canadiandogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofcanada #snapwagdogs #igclubdogs #bestofpack #bestwoof #topdogphoto #adoptdontshop #muttskickbutt #jj_welovepets #excellent_dogs #pets_perfection #dailydogfeatures #features_do2 #igcutest_animals #adventurewithdogs #nofilternikon