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Why I am a Rewards Based Trainer

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
Why Square Peg? Why it goes wrong for some dogs

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 ...