Helping to Build Canine Relations
That is my slogan for my dog training business, Fox N Fables Dog Training. We want to see nothing more than a happy and healthy relationship between both guardian and their dog.
The dogs pictured left are my own. We have Fsmo, my 3 year old Shetland Sheepdog, Bigby, my 6 year old Smooth Collie and IO, my 7 year old Rottweiler cross. They’re the whole reason as to why I wanted to become self employed and work as a dog trainer/dog behaviourist. I used to work full time in an office many years ago and decided that I wanted to spend more time with my dogs, be my own boss and help guardians and their dogs.
The dog training industry is completely unregulated. You could simply wake up one morning and think ‘I want to be a dog trainer’ and BOOM you can do it! This isn’t a good thing though. Whilst many people go about the correct route, attending dozens and dozens of training courses, seminars, workshops etc (like what I did), some have zero qualifications or experience and start ‘helping’ guardians with extremely complex cases that could potentially do further harm.
What trainer am I?
I don’t describe myself as a positive trainer. I got rid of that label a few years ago as I didn’t want some to assume that I was purely positive. I describe myself as a force free and reward based trainer. This simple means that I don’t use any methods that would cause a dog pain, fear or discomfort. The dog decides what is aversive to them but I am pretty sure that most would hate to be slapped, yelled at, shocked, leash yanked etc so I do not use these methods as they do not teach the dog anything except that you’re a bit of a meanie.
Instead I use reward based methods, such as food, toys, environmental rewards etc to tell my dog that I am happy with what they’re done. I am pairing a behaviour with a reward at the hope it’ll occur more, now THIS is positive reinforcement. Also if my dog does something that I don’t want them to do, instead of telling them ‘no’ or yelling at them, I teach them what I’d rather they did instead.