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I was raised on a farm where handling all types of animals was within the everyday chores from milking cows to helping Dad train herding dogs. My Father had trained working dogs as he had worked on large dairy growing up, then on outback stations as a jackaroo back in those days they even had dogs indicating ( scenting ) sheep that are fly blown, amongst vast paddocks and large herds. With his father as a child he trained horses and bullocks for use on the farms pulling ploughs carts logs. As an adult He lived in Malaysia with his RAAF Career where after hours, he took on the care management and training of some captive baboons.

I was very fortunate in having a Dad who reared us within a rural background which enabled me to understand pack and herd behaviour and have hands on experience with lots of animals. I joined the RAAF in 1987 to become a Police Dog Trainer at the age of 17. I served the RAAF 2 consecutive services, and then also returned for a 3rd time as a reservist in 2000-2002. Since then I have worked within the public and private sector training dogs mostly family pets, farm dogs and sporting or show hobby dogs, also dogs within nursing homes and or companion dogs for persons with a disability, security dogs, research dogs. Literally thousands of dogs.

I realize that during the 32 years I have spent training dogs for government, public and large corporate companies within research facilities, being a dog trainer will remain a never ending evolution.

Basically there are 3 types of Dog Trainers.

Type 1. All Positive

Beg and Bribe trainers
It actually means 100% all motivational training with no corrections used at all in training or the management . This motivational training is also used also with dedicated sporting dog trainers with genetically designed sporting dogs these dogs have natural compliance to work also have very high food and toy drives. Experienced Sporting dog trainers would realise that with 99.9 percent of pet dogs this method is unsuccessful. To be reliable these dogs need a distraction and correction phase . and most definitely any reputable Sporting dog trainer/competitor would be doing the public a disservice training family pets using this method only . Due to this method in training fad last 15-20 years within Australia there has been an explosion of dominance , aggression and out of control family pets. It is an unreliable training method for any type of off leash control of a dog with distractions.

Type 2. Correctional training

Yank and crank training -William Kholer
This training method the dogs wears a choke chain and is given corrections to force and train commands. By forcing a dog in compulsion with exercises you can get a dog to do almost anything very fast but there is a draw back, the dog usually doesn't like you, is not a happy dog and therefore is not a consistently reliable method because the trainer generally looses the bond with the dog. As it is Firm but Unfair ( Training dogs should be Firm but Fair ).
Back in the 1980's we were trained in the Kholer method in the RAAF.

Type 3. The Balanced training

Like a pendulum swaying both ways when required
Utilising motivational training to teach exercises followed by a correctional and distraction phase which makes the dog understand that even under distractions the one must comply with the command.
More then 30 years of experience proved that this is the most efficient way which maintains the balance between motivation and correction. It ensures dogs have good reliable control off leash and under stimulus and distraction. A good trainer also realises the solution to correct behavioural problems is 75% of establishing sound pack structure and 25% training.



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