Our Training Philosophy
DREAM DOGZ philosophy is aligned with the Animal Welfare Act:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst, by providing access to fresh water and an appropriate diet
- Freedom from fear and distress, through appropriate treatment and surroundings
- Freedom from discomfort, by providing appropriate environments in which to live
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease, by prevention and rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express natural behaviour, by providing appropriate space, facilities and social interactions with members of their own species
It is the cornerstone of our philosophy and it ensures that you and your dog will be having a stress-free, positive experience. We use solely, animal-friendly, non-coercive, scientifically tested and proven techniques.
Our Aims and Methods
Simply put: “The carrot is better than the stick!”. Positive Reinforcement has repeatedly produced better results than any form of punishment. Our goal is to turn you into your own dog’s trainer by:
- Properly educating you on how animals learn.
- Motivating you and your dog to achieve constant progress.
- Reading and understanding your dog’s body language.
- Preparing you for real life situations by gradually modifying and generalising our exercises.
- Teaching and encouraging settling behaviours.
- Having fun and bond with your dog.
DREAM DOGZ uses solely reward-based methods.Our preferred training tool is the Clicker (aka bridge conditioning) but we have owners that prefer using a different bridge (e.g. Dog Whistle) or, due to physical limitations (e.g. the dog being hearing impaired) a visual bridge (e.g. a torch or a visual cue). The use of a Target Stick is also encouraged.
Is it a Health, Training and/or Management issue?
DREAM DOGZ is committed to providing the best possible training services for you and your dog. It is of the uttermost importance to understand if the reasons behind specific, usually problematic behaviours are health related. This is the main reason why we require a Profile form (provided after initial enquiry) to be completed prior to training commencement. This will help us identify if a particular case needs to be referred to a veterinarian or a veterinary behaviourist for further examination and investigation.
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