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'The Dundee Dog Training approach

I believe in Scientific principles; not based on hearsay or beliefs, rather on evidence that has been tried and tested and of course reproducible. 

We are living in an exciting age, we have so much knowledge and those who wish to constantly improve have so many questions! Behaviour science is constantly being updated but we only have pieces of a very large puzzle. Genetics, early experiences, nutrition, environment and the way you nurture are but a few factors that play a part in the development of your pet dog.

If you have a problem but are not sure if it is fixable telephone consultations are free of charge. Aggression to dogs, aggression towards humans (possession of toys, bones, food, house, car etc) excessive barking, jumping, running away, over excitability, hyperness, chasing livestock/cars/cats/dogs/posties(!) destruction, separation issues, growling at children/vet/when being touched/groomed, fear or anxiety issues can all be addressed and worked on.

Most dogs I visit are highly intelligent yet time and again owners tell me they thought they were 'untrainable'. What a great feeling to know your dog is not a lost cause! My personal feeling is the smart dogs are the extroverted personalities that work out how to outsmart their humans...

No dog is too old to learn and no human is too old to learn. Prices are based on individual situations, age of your dog and how long you have lived together. 

Frustration comes from lack of Knowledge

Knowledge is the foundation of Confidence

Your dog needs YOU to be 100% confident before he trusts your Leadership

These pictures were captured over about 15 minutes by a photographer who asked if they could shadow me for a 'Day in the life' project. 

This owner didn't want to come inside to class because their dog presented extreme aggressive behaviours on sight of other dogs.

I didn't physically touch him in this state of mind he is already over stress threshold. I am handling him only through manipulation of the leads.

Once we achieve a lower state of emotional excitement we can move on

 Using another balanced dog & experienced handler

Owner can then step in to work with the changed state of mind 

And the next stage; busy working class environment

It's important to note that dogs don't want to act in an aggressive manner. I believe this dog was fear aggressive; he is not comfortable and the behaviour he has chosen has worked for him in the past to relieve his stress; he wants other dogs to leave him alone and of course acting in the manner of the first picture and making lots of grumpy noises makes everyone leave, rewarding the behaviour and thereby increasing it. 

Owner state of mind has a huge effect on the dog. It can be very emotional seeing your dog behave in such a manner; part of our psyche thinks that or dog is a reflection of ourself. Avoiding such situations won't help your progression or change your dog's behaviour. I KNOW dogs can change and I have much more respect for owners such as this who stick it out even though it can be upsetting and emotionally draining for you.

Finally, although it appears the dog is somehow magically cured/fixed/trained, from this point there is still a long road ahead. Much like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with humans, it takes time and effort because we have to change HABITS, which means un-training as well as re-training. 

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