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Here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions, such as our pricing, locations, training methods and so on! If you can’t find the answers you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us or book a free chat.

Frequently Asked Questions About

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

As much as I would love to give you a simple answer there really isn’t one! While most trainers have their fees set in cement, I feel that restricts some owners from being able to provide their dogs with an education. So, while I do have some set prices, I am happy to work with you and your budget to ensure your dog can get the training they need and deserve!

I have done my research and know that a lot of the prices out there are out of reach for most people and I think high pricing means a lot of people will never be able to get the help they need with their dogs, which will lead to more dogs ending up in rescue or worse…

So I always try to keep my prices affordable!

Examples of set prices - subject to change
  • Initial/Meet & Greet/Mini Consults (usually 20 minutes +) – all initial online consults are free and conducted via Zoho Meeting (similar to Zoom). In-person consults conducted within the immediate Singleton 2330 area are also free. For those living outside of this area, I offer a low-cost Meet & Greet and prices are dependent on your location.
  • Private one-off sessions (1 hour+): from $80-$150 depending on the type of consult (behaviour modification is a more in-depth process and therefore will attract higher costs, however, I am always happy to come to some kind of arrangement so that I can help you and your dog!)
  • Packages of 2 or more sessions will be charged at lower rates than one-off sessions.
  • Enrolment in full programs will offer even better value for money!
  • When I start group classes they will be charged at a cheaper rate than private sessions, offering even more choice for our Singleton community!

I will always try to help, please do not let the prices on this page put you off from getting in touch with me! My philosophy in pricing my services is based on my ethos of Pets BEFORE Profits!!

WHAT TRAINING METHODS DO YOU USE?

I believe in making training as fun, positive, effective and easy as possible for both the dog and owner.

I do believe that all dogs are different, they all learn differently and all react differently to different stimuli, that is why I base my methods on the dog that is in front of me, instead of basing it on an ideology!
I take a balanced approach to my training, meaning I have many different methods and tools in my toolbox that I can go to for all different types of dogs!

All types of methods that I use are based on and backed by science while also being proven to work in the real world!

My first and most used training method is based on positive reinforcement reward-based training method – treats, toys and having a good time!

During the learning phase, positive reinforcement training is usually the most effective and efficient method, it is also fun for you and the dog – most dogs love food and are very willing to work for it! The biggest mistake a lot of trainers make is never fading out the food!! This will leave you with a dog that will only listen to you when you have food, if at all, using food after a dog knows the command is not a reward, it is a BRIDE! So, I ensure I teach you how to and when to remove the reward so your dog will be reliable, with or without food!

Methods used in behaviour modification vary greatly and any good trainer will agree that the methods used need to be tailored to the dog in front of them. I always try to start with rewards-based methods, where the training goes from there is completely up to the dog, they are in charge and responsible for their actions!

WHAT IS BALANCED TRAINING?

Be sure to check out our About Us page for more information about this topic.

To give you a quick recap, balanced training is:
In dog training, we are constantly creating, managing and reducing various behaviours. The main way we do this is done is through a deep understanding of BF Skinner’s Operant Conditioning (OC) theory. In OC Skinner proved that both the reinforcement of behaviour and the punishment of behaviour impacts the likelihood of that behaviour occurring again in the future. 

OC is then further broken down into 4 quadrants, which are: ***NOTE: in this context positive means + (adding) and negative means – (minus); it has nothing to do with good and bad)***

  1. Positive Reinforcement
    Strengthens a behaviour by providing a consequence an individual finds rewarding. For example, your dog is hungry. He sits and you give him a piece of food.  He is now more likely to sit.
  2. Negative Reinforcement
    The removal of an unpleasant reinforcer can also strengthen behaviour. This is known as negative reinforcement because it is the removal of an unpleasant stimulus that is ‘rewarding’ to the animal or person. Negative reinforcement strengthens behaviour because it stops or removes an unpleasant experience. For example, you pull up on your dog’s leash and tell him to sit.  When he sits you relax the leash. He is now more likely to sit when he hears the command to avoid the leash pressure.
  3. Positive Punishment
    Involves the addition of something the dog finds unpleasant after an unwanted behaviour in order to weaken/stop that behaviour. For example, your dog chases the cat.  When he chases the cat you spray him with water (assuming he hates water!).  He is now less likely to chase the cat because of this consequence.
  4. Negative Punishment
    Also known as punishment by removal, occurs when something the dog finds pleasant or enjoyable is removed after a behaviour occurs. For example, you are holding a toy your dog wants, you tell him to sit, instead, he lies down.  You don’t give him the toy. He is now less likely to lie down next time you tell him to sit because he did not get the toy for lying down.

As you can see, all 4 quadrants nicely interact and build upon each other.

The BIG problem in dog training is that some trainers like to live in a fairyland and will try to manipulate people into believing that all training and behaviour modification can be done through reinforcement only, these trainers therefore only use 1 or on rarer occasions 2 of the 4 quadrants.

The problem with that is if we fail to recognize and use ALL 4 quadrants of Operant Conditioning then our approach to dog training is incomplete! 

So, a balanced trainer is one that uses a complete approach to training! 

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If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

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