"Canine co-operation is not a function of intelligence of the dog, but rather a function of intelligence of the handler!” Dogs are already brilliant, it's people who are limited in their understanding of how dogs think and learn.
We train family pet dogs & working assistance dogs by using a play + praise + affection reward system
WITHOUT food bribery WITHOUT shouting WITHOUT hitting or kicking WITHOUT pain, fear or anxiety techniques WITHOUT face halters, face leaders or any other nose pinching device WITHOUT shock collars (please see: banshockcollars.ca ) WITHOUT jerking or hanging the dog by the neck on the leash or collar WITHOUT holding the dog to ground by the scruff of it’s neck until it submits
We will teach you how to induce 100% canine co-operation by using intelligence and psychology rather than brute force or gimmicks. All dogs are smart. It's the people who are limited in the understanding of how dogs learn.
We DO NOT use electric shock collars to train our dogs nor do we recommend that you use electric shock collars to train your dogs. We have and will continue to help people to rehabilitate dogs who have been victims of this method and as a result suffer from PTSD/PTSS/PTSI (post traumatic stress disorder/post traumatic stress syndrome/post traumatic stress injury).
Prewitt Canine Training Academy uses a PLAY + PRAISE reward system without food bribery, restrictive equipment or gimmicks therefore inducing the dog to become handler attentive rather than food focused or gimmick responsive. This PLAY + PRAISE reward system has been used around the world and throughout history to obtain reliable results with disability assistance, working dogs and family pets.
For example, the master did not train his herding dog to perform his work by running out to the field to give the dog a cookie every time he completed the desired task, nor did the master have the dog attached to a leash.
WE'VE NEVER MET A DOG WE COUDN'T TRAIN WITHOUT FOOD, JUST PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T KNOW HOW!
Approach: We bring conscious awareness to every dog's need to evolve through their experience of Expressing....
BODY + MIND + SPIRIT
DRIVE LEARNING INSTINCT
Spontaneous cooperation from the dogs is achieved by teaching the handler how to build a loving / trusting bond & a healthy working relationship with the dog which requires a minimum of 10-20 minutes per day of focussed interaction with your dog to get results in the first week. The working dog and family pet will happily and reliably perform the task for the master who understands how to use the dog’s natural instincts and innate desire to please the leader of the pack. A TRULY SUCCESSFUL LEADER WILL INDUCE COOPERATION BY USING INTELLIGENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY RATHER THAN BRUTE FORCE OR GIMMICKS.
Go Beyond Bait! By using other induction techniques = Positive Reinforcement Methods = Praise + Play + Affection Reward System -- without the use of food, cookies or treat bribing. We will educate you to utilize your dog’s brain rather than his/her stomach to successfully achieve the following...
BEGINNER: basic obedience routine using a 6 foot leash and neck collar of your choice, one that's comfortable for your dog to wear and for you to handle. INTERMEDIATE: introduction to advanced techniques using a 35 foot long line. ADVANCED: off—leash obedience routine using hand signals, verbal commands, verbal praise and play motivation. Bait/Food/Treats/Cookies = Not Required because we teach a Play +Praise + Affection Reward system Body Harnesses = Reserved for: puppies, small dogs, pulling sleds/carts/skateboarders; tracking exercises; back packing; disability assistance (for dog or person).
The following QUICK FIX TRENDY DEVICES are NOT PERMITTED as they do not contribute to effective training results but rather inhibit the dog from moving freely through these compulsion restraints, and when removed, the dog remains untrained. They also cause increased anxiety which interferes with the dog's learning process and willingness to co-operate:
•Prong / Pinch Collars = Not Permitted as these chain link collars with inverted blunt nails apply painful pressure to the neck area when the dog pulls on the leash and if the dog lunges against this device the blunted nails can pierce the neck flesh.
•Face Halters/Leaders that bind, pinch, restrain, constrict or apply pressure to the dog’s muzzle = Not Permitted because these devices cause uncomfortable irritation to this most sensitive area of the dog's nose, sinus cavities and eyes. Long term use can also blunt the dog's scenting ability as a result of the pressure to the sinus cavities. Daily use for extended periods of time may also cause problems with the dog's cervical spine if the dog arches his/her neck to hold his/her head back attempting to prevent the feeling of painful pressure on the muzzle from the apparatus.
So even though these quick-fix devices may prevent unwanted pulling on the leash and keep you from being unsafely dragged along on your walk, they DO NOT facilitate effective training and should only be used short-term until you learn how to teach your dog not to pull you on a neck collar and six foot leash which is the first exercise we teach at our academy, and I guarantee that your dog will be very happy and relieved never to have his/her muzzle bound and painfully pinched again! Ten to twenty minutes training per day using our methods will provide results during the first week of practice for this pulling and other unwanted behaviours.
•We do not recommend grabbing the dog by the neck to alpha role by scruffing or pinning the dog to the ground as a form of training as a shy/submissive dog will be traumatized by this action and a more confident/dominant dog may interpret this as a challenge putting you in a vulnerable position for retaliation by the dog that could bite you.
Other profile (personality) dogs may interpret the scruffing gesture as play, and will continue to display the unwanted behaviour that resulted in you pinning him/her as an attempt to repeat this perceived playful response from you.
WE USE OUR HANDS FOR SIGNALS, PRAISE, FEEDING, GROOMING, AND HEALING ONLY! THIS WILL ENSURE A POSITIVE ASSOCIATION TO OUR HANDS ON OR NEAR THE DOG.