Hello, I'm Matt a professional dog trainer and I understand that great dogs come from strong, positive & trusting relationships with their owners.
I would like to work with you help you better understand your dog's thinking style and methods of training. I will demonstrate and teach positive reinforcement/force free methods. The result will be a confident, happy, well-trained companion dog who is a pleasure to share your life with.
What is positive reinforcement training?
The understanding of dog behaviour & psychology has come a long way since Barbara Woodhouse brought her methods to a mainstream TV audience.
Positive reinforcement requires no yanking of the lead, shouting or attempts to intimidate the dog into doing what you want. Dominance training will hopefully be confined to history, like beating children has been.
Choke chains, electric collars and spike collars are definitely a no go. All of these devices and methods can have unintended consequences such as making the dog afraid of the handler or more likely the be aggressive, anxious or emotionally shut down. They can physically and psychologically harm the dog permanently.
In scientific experiments positive reinforcement has been shown to be the quickest and most effective method of dog training. Using consistent and firm parenting, enthusiasm, play, treats, toys, clickers, hand gestures, kindness and patience, a wonderful connection, amazing things can be accomplished with your dog. Finally, my love of dogs and experience makes it all fit together.
Learning and growing as a dog trainer
In the last few years, I have taken a number of courses with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers to keep me up to date with the latest techniques and keep improving my skills. These include puppy development and training, dog to dog aggression and rehabilitation, dog to human aggression and separation anxiety. I spend around 10 days training a year and regularly read and practise new techniques. I have also taken a CPD accredited canine emergency first aid course.