Does your dog jump up at people, does it pull on the lead, does it come when you call it every time? Are you starting to get

frustrated with your dog not doing what you want it to do? Read on help is at hand…….

My name is Ric Calder and I love dogs and I love dog training. It often seems that owners with dogs that have behavioural issues have nowhere to turn . A normal dog training club is no use as they don't specialise in behavioural problems. So I decided to help owners turn these dogs into perfect companions.

I train dogs in the Joondalup and Wanneroo areas and I can help owners with all behavioural training as well as general obedience training. Most behavioural issues are quite common and in fact from the dogs viewpoint, often quite normal.

The training methods that I use are also exceptionally good in puppy training and general obedience training. I also use clicker training and marker training as I find dogs are very receptive to this type of dog training. Once dogs are used to clicker training they really get involved, my own dog Archie just loves learning new things.

I have formally studied Dog Psychology and I aim to understand why your dog is doing the things it does - that is I try to think like your dog - so that I can understand the motivation behind the behaviour. Once I can do that I then come up with some strategies to fix the problem.

Everything that I do creates no stress or harm for your dog, I use gentle reward based methods for dog training. I base my training on a method referred to as LIMA - Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive. Simply put I will never endorse or use any training methodology that will cause harm or pain to your dog.

When selecting a dog trainer to work with you and your dog please ensure that you ask them what training methods they use. If they do not use LIMA based methods please find a trainer that does. There are still trainers that subscribe to the dominance dog training theory which has been proven to damage the bond between you and your dog. 

Please do not think that your dog is trying to 'dominate' you just because he is doing things that you don't like, for example if he growls at you when you put his food bowl down he IS NOT trying to dominate you; if he growls at you when you go to get him off the couch he IS NOT trying to dominate you. 

The worst thing you can do in each of those circumstances is to try and punish away that behaviour - it will make him worse. However all of these situations need a professional dog trainer to show you how to stop this behaviour before it escalates. Please contact me URGENTLY if your dog does any of these things.

I have worked in the pet care industry for over 10 years and have been handling dogs all that time. I have a Rat Terrier - Archie and I am also currently babysitting my son’s dogs. Although my dogs at the moment are small to medium sized I have generally owned very large dogs.

I train dogs in Wanneroo and the northern suburbs of Perth. I started out as a dog groomer and found myself advising owners with problem dogs how to fix the behavioural issues they had with their dogs. I had enormous success and found I particularly enjoyed seeing the bond between dog and owner become so much stronger when the dog stopped doing all the things that annoyed the owner, so after a lifetime of interest in dog behaviour I undertook formal studies in Dog Psychology to further understand what influences them to behave the way they do.

I am a member of the following - the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia and Doggone Safe; as well as a Licensed Be Tree Presenter.

Most behavioural issues are quite common and in fact from the dogs viewpoint, often quite normal.

I specialise in Cynopraxic Therapy - simply explained I help you build a strong bond with your dog. I do this by utilising the most modern and up-to-date scientific based dog training methods to get them to listen to you and to then correct all those unwanted behaviours that frustrate you so much.

Everything that I do creates no stress or harm for your dog, I use gentle reward based methods for dog training. I base my training on a method referred to as LIMA - Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive. Simply put I will never endorse or use any training methodology that will cause pain, harm or stress to your dog.

Apart from dog training I am also a qualified people trainer and have been for over 30 years. I am able to link the expertise in both these areas and help owners by showing and explaining in easy to understand terms, why their dog is behaving in a particular way and the steps to undertake to adjust their dogs behaviour to one more suitable. I develop individual training plans for each situation and each dog, ensuring that the plans I develop are an easy fit to the owner’s lifestyle.

I show the owner what to do with their dog and we then practice together until the owner is confident in the application. The owner then practices for a week or two and we get together again to check how things are going, to ‘fine tune’ the practice, and ensure that the behaviour adjustment has occurred.

Influences on my training style come from a number of people, Dr Ian Dunbar, Victoria Stilwell, John Bradshaw, Dr Sophia Yin, Grisha Stewart, Patricia McConnell, Jan Donaldson, Drayton Michaels, and many others.

I subscribe to a reward based system as I find that this method enables a dog and its owner to have fun and enjoy training as well as building a strong mutual bond based on love and respect.


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