Steven Havers is Setting New Standards in Dog Behaviour
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
If your dream is to have calm, relaxed & well behaved dogs you can be proud of please read on...
Havers Dog Behaviour Classes, Intensive Dog Training and Home Visits
Dog Behaviour, It's All About You!
Hello and thank you for choosing Havers Dog Behaviour for help with your dog.
However badly behaved your dog, no matter what he is doing, I can help you change it with education and praise, not domination and fear.
My training is different because I train you how to behave. I teach you what your behaviour means to your dog so you can understand why your dog behaves the way it does. Then we can change it together. This works for all dogs and all behaviours but it requires time and effort from you. But it is worth it because you want your dog to be a well behaved member of society and a dog you can be proud of. I have helped thousands of dogs and have only met one that was so badly disturbed I couldn't help. With 20 years experience, I have become an expert in how human behaviour shows dogs how to behave and you will get the results you want from working with me and that's a promise.
Good, now I have put your mind at rest and have your undivided attention, please read on....
Firstly, I would like to share a quote from a client which I think sums up very well what I do. "Havers dogs are good BeHavers" Thank you Bryn, I said I would use it!
Now, you are perfectly capable of teaching your dog to sit, stay, roll over by your self, you don't always need help to do that. You will, however need help to teach you dog how to behave because that involves your behaviour.
I will teach you four basic essentials to start with:
- How to correctly deal with your dogs current behaviour.
- How to walk your dog with a slack lead
- How to correctly meet other dogs and people
- How to have a very good recall with your dog regardless of distraction or situation.
You spend most of your time with your dog at home or out on a walk so it is essential you also receive help at home and out on a walk before you come to classes.
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....
- Does your dog follow you around?
- Does your dog jump up onto your lap when you are watching TV?
- Does your dog excitedly greet visitors at the front door?
- Does your dog sit and stare at you?
If your answers are yes, then your dog is probably having to be active to get your attention. This is the most common cause of problem behaviour. Your dog needs to be calm in order to learn.
The above list is a very good description of how our dogs have to demand our attention. Having read this list you may be wondering how you can change things?
I specialise in teaching you how to deal with these and other behaviours, how and when to praise the correct behaviours and the correct state of mind which in turn will give you the control you need and the fun you want with your dog so you get the ideal balance in your relationship
If you would like to know how 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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