Professional Force Free Dog Training
"We treat the dog as a whole being and not just the unwanted behaviour"
Head trainer Louise Basson is a graduate of an international dog behavior, learning theory and dog training course; Raising Canine LLC, from the United States. She completed a dog behavior course with the Ethology Academy and is certified as a Leash Lungers anonymous trainer from the reactivity program with Buddy's Chance in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has also completed a course with Diane Budd - zoopharmacognist on "Self Selection" working through essential oils and herbs on a cellular level affecting behaviour, health and emotional state as well as a animal communication course and a clicker training clinic on horses with Alexandra Kurland in the UK in 2011. To read more visit the About Us Page.
At dog care centre we focus on the whole dog as a being and not just on the unwanted behaviour you experience as a symptom of the dogs environment. We have a holistic approach to working and training dogs, we teach them to play, we train them wanted behaviours and teach them coping skills. We also offer self-selection and animal communication as part of their training to get to the route of behaviour and even health concerns. We also look at the psyche of both the dog and the owner of the dog as the dog's behaviour is often the mirror of our own behaviour, thoughts and emotions.
We don’t do training to punish a dog into submission or freeze state. We offer options to the dog and guidance to owners but one has to be willing to be open for change and being uncomfortable. Our training is not just about the dog, the owner of the dog needs to be willing to be uprooted and uncomfortable. Change is uncomfortable and so it should be! If it was easy everyone would be doing it. We don’t teach sit, stay, down as a norm. We focus on a balanced dog with owners that are willing to work at it ongoing. We often see owners and their dogs at a pivotal point where either they are willing to put in the work and it will even if it gets messy and hard at times or they break and give up and choose to rather not commit and instead blame others. Your dog is not an appliance coming in to be fixed, your dog is not broken its a whole being. So often people blame family members for the behaviour of their dog or trainers or worse the poor dog!
Be mindful of what you create, be mindful of the choices you make. There is power in choice and power in what we create and that leaves us with a responsibility.
We have to do the work in order to create something meaningful whether it is training your dog, choosing a specific breed, accepting the consequence of those choices and working with it instead of sitting back trying to have a power struggle with your dog, partner, trainer etc and playing the blame game.
Be a active participant, analyse why you have your dog and be truthful to yourself about it. Adding another dog to a problem you already struggle with is like adding children to a already failing marriage. We offer training solutions to unwanted behaviours, behaviours that are perfectly normal to the dog. We offer the dog options and a voice, but at the end of the day the choices we as dog owners make of being an active participant, willing to listen to the dog, the trainers sound advice (no alpha roll and dominance theory outdated crap) and very important-pushing away our own agenda and excuses is what will determine the outcome of training and the outcome of the relationship between you and your dog.
We Specialize in Reactive and fearful dogs in a vast variety of breeds we also have years of experience with Huskies and their specific behaviours and needs. We work with any breed big or small young or old.
We have a very high rate of success with training dogs with owner compliance.
All our training is supported by zoopharmacognosy - "Self Selection" working through essential oils and herbs on a cellular level balancing behaviour, health and emotional state and assisting our training.
For our training rates please send us an email or complete our contact form. We will also send with a training form to complete so that we can assess what your dog will need from us. Please read through our frequently asked questions as well that we will include in your email.
Board and Train
Our board and train program takes place over a period of 3 - 4 weeks. Once the program is completed we guide the owner on collection how to continue the training at home with a solid foundation of what the dog has learned at the centre with us. Our training also includes free training videos.
The dog needs to generalize that what was learned with us applies at home and with the owner. This is why we also include a free online zoom call within the first week after collection to go through any trouble shooting area's you might find. Training takes place during the course of the day keeping sessions short but frequent as this is a much more efficient way of learning.
We are completely against any dominance theory and alpha roll training as it only instills fear, it is outdated back to the 1950's and is not scientifically accurate training. We also do not use any choke, prong or bark collars. Intimidation is not a effective way in which to increase wanted behaviours it only instills fear and does not take the unwanted behaviour away. Instead it leads to more reactivity.
All of our dogs at training are taught to walk with a No-Pull Freedom Harness that we supply at an additional cost. Up to date it has been the most humane and effective tool to use while lead walking causing no physical harm to the dog. You can read more about the harness at this link.
When booking your dog for board and train we suggest that you buy a copy of Shaping Your Dog;The Positive Way as this will be of great help to you to better understand your dogs behaviour and to continue training at home.
Basic manners - Puppy Training 3 week program
For puppies needing to learn basic manners up to the age 5 months, they don't come out knowing how to be in a human household. What is acceptable to a 12 week old puppy is not always acceptable to the humans in the house. This is not for reactivity on lead.
Optional week 4 include 3 one on one sessions with owner
Option: 2 a
Reactivity 3 week program
We work with dogs that are reactive on lead these behaviours include but are not limited too (Jumping, lungeing, barking, growling, teeth bearing, whining towards other dogs)
We help them build confidence as more often than not these behaviours are due to fear. We take them on field trips and work along side other dogs without flooding them with big groups of dogs. Each program is different for each dog depending on it's own unique needs and behaviour.
Optional week 4 include 3 one on one sessions with owner
Option: 2 b
Reactivity 4 week program
This program includes all the training of option 2a but is for dogs that are not social with people or dogs. The first week we work on gaining the dogs trust and build confidence before we even start with behaviour training. We do work at the dogs pace and this differs from dog to do.
Week 4 include 3 one on one sessions with owner
Animal Communication and Self-selection
Self selection – Zoopharmacognosy is a behaviour in which animals self-medicate by selecting essential oils derived from plant extracts and to help with physical and emotional balance and healing.
Animal communication – translating intuitive information gained telepathically from the dog to the person in the form of thoughts.
All one on one training sessions after board and train is at an additional fee of R250 per hour.
For our rates please contact us.
Suitable for any breed, however dogs like Beagles, Labradors and a few others do very well. This is a great way to mentally stimulate your dog and teach him to use his sense of smell.
This can be done at home once the technique has been learned.
This takes place during the winter months only and dogs must be 10 months or older and in good health. We teach the dog to pull in harness over the course of 5 or 10 days while boarding with us. We do require that you purchase proper imported sledding gear from our shop that we will fit for your dog.
This is mainly focused on dogs that are reactive, pulling on lead, barking or growling at other dogs or people. However any dog and owner will benefit from the course. It includes teaching your dog new skills to replace unwanted behaviours when going over threshold as well as some fun activities including nose work, recall games and agility. The course consist of videos over the course of 3 weeks and a hour weekly zoom video call with a dog trainer over the 3 weeks.
Outside training at the centre
Doing focused work in a variety of settings from shops to restaurants
Socializing in a safe environment with a professional dog trainer.
Training Demos for kids.
If you would like to make use of our training services please use the contact form provided below.
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Louise Basson on the Expresso Show talking about Huskies and Husky Rescue 2012.