- Our philosophy is that therapy should be balanced, using motivational and corrective techniques. These methods used correctly in balance according to the dog's individuality and the family dynamics will bring about the desired results. This combination of balance will have the most success with most behavioural issues.
- Our therapy is not food based. Our relationship is based on trust and not food. The dog is listening and following you for you and not being bribed, lured or punished. We categorize dogs in different zones (green, yellow, red) to help clarify to the family and owner where their dog is at, and not where they think their behaviour is.
- We want our dogs to be dogs but also know how to properly socialize with people. To be able to teach them we need to be leaders and not dictators. Leaders lead with confidence and dictator’s lead with dominance. We teach and not punish. We are firm but fair.
- We work with a reward-based philosophy where you are the reward. The dog learns cooperation and in exchange receives your attention, praise and freedom. Cooperation between dog and human is the goal. Cooperation means harmony and less social stress, this will enhance the human-dog bond.
- Once we assess your dog we can choose the proper tool to use. Not all tools are for all dogs. If your intent is good then most tools are good if used properly. We use them as it relates to the human world. With any tool you must remain confident and trust that the method we suggest will get you and your dog to the level you want within reason. The family/owner needs to learn to change the dog’s behaviour by changing the way they interact with their dog. The onus isn’t for the dog to change but for the owner to change the dog. It’s a balance between the owner and the dog.
- There are many different tools available to be used. Some of the most used tools are clickers, flat collars, martingale collars, choke chains, prong collars, e-collars, gentle leaders and slip leads depending on the users' philosophies. We don’t limit ourselves to just one tool because we feel more comfortable in using it. This is not fair to the dogs that need these methods. One tool that we don’t use is the choke chain, because the pain to the dog out weighs the results. This is just our opinion; we don’t judge people who do use this tool. Toronto By Law prohibits the use of choke chains in the city effective March 1, 2017.
- Leaders teach, dictators punish, we're leaders and not dictators. Dogs should never be punished. The hardest thing to do when you’re working with dogs is to control your emotions. If you feel frustrated or angry it's time to stop and continue later when you've had time to regain yourself. Leaders don't punish but lead with confidence and calmness. Your relationship with you and your dog is based on trust. The dog will be loyal to you but you have to earn it. Nature rewards effort.
- We don't use food-based lure rewards for the initial training, we focus on rewards of praise and affection from the handler. This will work more effectively in the real world, rather than using constant food lure rewards to keep the dog's attention. Remember we teach the dog that you're the highest value and our relationship is based on trust and not food. Food rewards can reinforce negative behaviours, the dog learns that the less it complies with a command the more food it receives. Also, food should never be used with a dog that shows any dominate or aggressive behaviours.
- The use of a correction is used when the dog has a solid foundation of the command. When the dog understands the command but chooses not to follow through we present it with a consequence to ensure reliability in the real world under more distractions. This consequence is a method of redirecting the dog's attention back to the leader. Luring or waving food around may not make the follow through successful on a command when you're out in the human world. Following through with a consequence after ignoring your command will increase the dog's reliability in cooperating and trusting in you as a leader.