It’s hard to be a dog in today's human world. When things aren’t going well it causes stress and anxiety in dogs and owners. Whether it's going to the vet, calming an anxious dog, being comfortable at home alone or around other dogs or people - as a certified professional dog trainer, I can help.
It's your choice. We can work together with force free training to help your dog to be successful. I offer one-on-one dog training, dog training at home (where I come to your home in Kapiti or Wellington regions), or you can join me on a dog training workshop or clinic to learn positive dog training techniques.
When I say I work with dogs, people often say to me 'oh a dog whisperer - like that overseas guy on the telly?' Well....I say....I do things a little bit differently. I'm a rewards based trainer. Depending on who I'm talking to, there is usually an audible pause waiting for me to fill the gap and explain further.
I am a rewards based trainer and that means my focus is on positive reinforcement to facilitate learning. What is positive reinforcement you say? Positive reinforcement by definition is 'the process of encouraging or establishing a pattern of behaviour by offering a reward when the ...
Why Square Peg? Why it goes wrong for some dogs
Square Peg seemed to be a very apt name for my business. It came from the phrase ‘like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole’. According to the Brewer’s Dictionary of Phase & Fable the phrase means ’someone who is doing (or trying to do) a job for which they are not suited. And for many dogs today that is being a domestic pet.
Since the earliest domestication of dogs, some 10,000 years ago, man has been breeding dogs for behavior. In different breeds of dogs, through selective breeding, some traits have been amplified and some have been ...