This list of Frequently Asked Questions should answer a lot of the questions you have. If you wish to know more please contact us.
What services do you offer?
As every dog is different, I offer a range of different classes as well as private one-on-one tuition, to meet the individual needs of you and your dog. I am currently running classes in Orange, Blayney and Bathurst ranging from puppy to adult. I also run socialisation classes and different types of fun training classes. Please contact me for additional information
What types of things can I use to reward my dog? Is it all about food?
Food is known as a “primary resource” – in other words, it’s necessary for survival. The majority of dogs are food motivated, making it an easy way to positively reinforce (or reward) their behaviour. We use food when teaching new behaviours, but once the dog has learnt what is expected, food can start to be faded out and things like pats, praise, toys, games and life rewards can take its place. Rewarding every now and then with a food treat (known as random reinforcement) does help to maintain the strength of the behaviour however.
Do you check (choker) chains? Why not?
No. I do not advocate the use of check chains. I feel that they are unnecessary and can inflict severe damage to your dog when used incorrectly. Similarly, under no circumstances do I advocate the use of prong collars, electric shock collars or any other training device that can cause your dog pain, stress, fear or anxiety. Instead I will teach you how to build a relationship built on respect and trust
Can the handler be one of my children?
Yes – providing the child is over 12 years of age and is willing and physically able to manage the dog without parental assistance. Children are encouraged to join classes and assist with training
What qualifications and experience do you have?
Debi has a Cert IV in Dog Behavioural Training and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment as well as an international qualification with the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (USA). She is a qualified CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Assessor, Department of Local Government Temperament Assessor and Therapy Dogs Assessor. Debi also teaches Animal Studies at TAFE NSW (Orange Campus) and has been successfully working with dogs and their owners for over 15 years. Debi runs her own therapy dogs program in Central West NSW.
Debi also attends regular workshops and seminars (both in Australia and abroad) to keep up to date with the latest research in training and behaviour and is a member of both American Professional Dog Trainers (APDT – USA) and Australian Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA)