Here at Swedish Dog Academy we use methods mainly based on positive reinforcement in training combined with scientific knowledge within dog psychology and behaviours.
Many of the methods we use are also used to teach humans and other animals such as horses, dolphins, killer whales, rats and lots lots more. Stress during learning means that the new knowledge doesn’t stay for long. Our methods are scientifically formed to help the student to learn in a as relaxed and long term way as possible. We have the goal to always teach and learn in a relaxed environment. All to help the dog and handler to have the best chance to create a great relationship.
Key words in our training is to set up the dog and handler for success. Think about what we would like the dog to do rather than what we don’t want it to do. It is positive thinking that create positive behaviour patterns and relationship.
Gear, tools and products
We use some ‘tools’ during training when useful and/or necessary. Such as clicker, dubbel-ended lead, halti, flat collar, harness and so on.
All products we use has been tested to ensure they give the right results without harming the dog. We also use dog treats, toys and other ways to reinforce the dogs behaviours. through play, games and fun exercises we help building a good relationship between the dog and handler.
David, our head trainer is a full member of International Canine Behaviourists (www.icb.global) as well as both Fellow of and Swedish ambassador for International Society of Animal Professionals (www.is-ap.org). This gives David and Swedish Dog Academy a way of not only follow the development of dog training and behaviour but also be part of it.
What we don’t do…
We do NOT use the following methods or techniques…
Strangle, choke, tug-on-lead, shock, pinch, hit, kick, threaten (physically or psychologically), yell or in any other way hurt the dogs in our training or care.
The reasons for not using these methods are many but first and foremost we want to help the handler to build a positive relationship with the dog instead of making it obey by fear.