Steven Havers is Creating Better Dog Owners
When you buy a dog you invariably have a clear mental image of the things you want to do with your dog at various stages of his life. You want your dog to be a member of your family, to be great friend and playmate for your children, to look after the house...Read more...
When you buy a dog you invariably have a clear mental image of the things you want to do with your dog at various stages of his life. You want your dog to be a member of your family, to be great friend and playmate for your children, to look after the house, to be a pleasure to walk, to have fun with other dogs and to come back to you when called. You also want your friends to be impressed with how well-behaved your dog is and for other dog walkers to look at you with envy.
Is This The Reality?
Despite your best intentions, your dog has not turned out quite the way you imagined. You tried your best with your dog yet, your dog still pulls on the lead, still wants to chase cats and birds, still wants to play with other dogs but won't come back to you on request...Read more...
Performance vs Behaviour
Traditional dog training is based on obedience. Obedience is just the dog performing to specific commands. Sit, down, stay, give a paw, roll over, heel are all commands to which your dog must perform a specific action. Various methods have been employed...Read more...
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Traditional dog training is based on obedience. Obedience is just the dog performing to specific commands. Sit, down, stay, give a paw, roll over, heel are all commands to which your dog must perform a specific action. Various methods have been employed over the years to achieve the required performance for these sort of commands and these have included the use of force, choke chains and harsh corrections. This has recently transcended into bribery with the use of food, clicker, toys or other motivators to achieve the required performance. Many behaviourists, including celebrity and televised behaviourists adopt these methods to achieve performance. None of these change behaviour willingly in your dog.
Behaviour in your dog is based on trust and clear communication. If your dog understands how you want him to behave, and there is a good reason for him to do so, he will behave. As we will never speak the language of dogs and they will never speak our language, then non-verbal communication is essential therefore saving verbal communication for reward. A well behaved dog is a relaxed dog that trusts you, understands you and respects you provided that you trust your dog, understand your dog and respect your dog. There is no need for the use of force, bribery or other such motivators.
How it Works
Dogs take all of their behavioural indicators from you depending on how you react to their behaviour. Therefore dogs only behave the way we have taught them, regardless of our intentions. You need to recognise the difference between your dog misbehaving...Read more...
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Dogs take all of their behavioural indicators from you depending on how you react to their behaviour. Therefore dogs only behave the way we have taught them, regardless of our intentions.
You need to recognise the difference between your dog misbehaving and your dog asking you a question! You then need to learn how and when to answer your dogs question so your dog understands what you want him to do. Then your dog will know how to give you the behaviour you actually want. Dog owners are all very good at giving the behaviours they don't want the most attention. You will change your dog's behaviour by giving the behaviours you do want the most attention provided you have learned how to effectively, calmly and clearly deal with the behaviours you don't want.
'Performance Training' Doesn't Work
Performance training doesn't teach your dog how you want it to. Performance training teaches your dog to have brief and, usually excited, interaction with you. It also teaches your dog to only focus on you if you are in possession of the primary motivator, i.e. food or toy..Read more...
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Performance training doesn't teach your dog how you want it to. Performance training teaches your dog to have brief and, usually excited, interaction with you. It also teaches your dog to only focus on you if you are in possession of the primary motivator, i.e. food or toy. If these are missing then your dog will not give you any attention or response to your commands. Effectively, your dog is learning not to work for you.
Performance training also limits the interaction of the owner to that of a food or toy provider and this has nothing to enhance or improve the bond and relationship between you and your dog. Consider this, how many dogs and their owners attend obedience classes where, during the class, the dog will perform all of the tasks he is required to do but then, at the end of the class, proceeds to drag his owner back to the car? What benefit is that? What has that dog actually learned? That dog has only learned to perform specific tasks to specific commands in that training environment. This does not translate to the outside world nor does it teach the dog how to behave.
Havers Method in Action
"The thing that makes Steven stand out from other trainers is his results, he rarely uses 'toys and treats' which is the norm with dog trainers but prefers to use the environment to teach the dog who really is his best friend."
Rob Taylor, Swadlincote
Your dog's dream is to have a calm, relaxed & well behaved owner,
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Dog Behaviour, It's All About You And The Power of Your Attention.
Hello and thank you for visiting Havers Dog Behaviour to help you understand and improve your dogs behaviour.
If you have a new puppy or just taken on a rescue dog, book a Home Visit now so you all learn how to behave from the start.
Clients please note:
There is no lunchtime class on Wednesday 8th April.
The Wednesday evening class on the 13th May has moved to Thursday 14th May at 7pm.
If you already have a dog and if your dogs behaviour is not as good as you would like, you are probably just as confused as your dog is. You need and want answers to your questions, you need to know why your dog is behaving the way it is. You have probably watched Cesar Milan or Victoria Stillwell trying to help dog owners on TV, you may have read their books, you may have read Jan Fennel, Bruce Fogel, Ian Dunbar etc but you still have problems. You will have been given a great deal of advice about your dog from other dog owners, but are their dogs well behaved?
If you have been to puppy socialisation classes then you are almost certainly having problems, if you have been to dog obedience classes, then you will be struggling in the real world. Your vet means well, but is unlikely to have the experience needed, castration is not the answer! Using food or toys as a bribe can distract your dog but does not resolve the problem because the problem is you and how you have been taught to communicate with your dog. Until you have been trained to understand your own behaviour, your dog will still misbehave. When I teach you how to understand your behaviour and use it properly, you will see a big change in your dogs behaviour, that is my guarantee.
The key to knowledge is learning so take advantage of my 20 years experience, 8 years full time so far and take some time to learn and understand both your behaviour and that of your dogs.
Your training starts when I come and see you at home so I can start teaching you about your dog and your behaviour in everyday surroundings where everyday events happen, people coming and going, playtime, feeding and walking. These all have their foundation behaviours in the home. We then continue with either further visits or classes to continue your learning until you are happy that you will know how to cope with whatever you encounter when out walking your dog. It will take time and patience and plenty of support from me to get where you want to be, you can do it!
To help you recognise and interpret your dogs behaviour from your dog's perspective, please answer the following questions honestly and then see how your interpretation differs from your dogs....
1.Does your dog follow you around?
2.Does your dog jump up onto your lap when you are watching TV?
3.Does your dog excitedly greet visitors at the front door?
4.Does your dog sit and stare at you?
If your answers are yes, then your dog is having to be active to get your attention which means your dog is not as relaxed as you would like him to be. This is the most common cause of problem behaviour. Your dog needs to be calm in order to learn and you will need to learn how and when to praise your dog so your dog understands what you want him to do.
To do this, please contact me to book an appointment as these behaviours need to be addressed at home before your dog will change how they behave out of the house.
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