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Havers Dog Behaviour
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Steven Havers is Setting New Standards in Dog Behaviour

 

Your Vision

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...

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Your Vision
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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...

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The Reality
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Your dog now barks at the slightest noise, your dog is very excited, perhaps even aggressive, towards visitors to your house and is getting increasingly difficult to manage. Your dog is certainly not fun to be around.

 

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...

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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...

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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..

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'Performance Training' Doesn't Work
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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

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