<![CDATA[COOL CANINES | DOG TRAINER - Blog]]>Fri, 15 Oct 2021 22:38:19 +1100Weebly<![CDATA[Reactive, Barking, generally struggling?]]>Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:12:27 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/reactive-barking-generally-strugglingReactive? Barking, Lunging, even the bites pup..

@AbsoluteDogs have made this amazing, 1hour long webinar, free for all to see. 


🤩You will learn games to give you both skills to handle tricky situations

❤️You will learn why we train outside of the situation vs in it. 

💪You will learn how to grow different skills in your dog to create a calmer household.

✨You will get a free ebook! Free ebook and free webinar? AMAZING!


If this is interesting, if you want to know more, if you have a struggle of your own and want help to improve your situation. 
Contact me!

💻I studied absoluteDogs PDT and Geek last year. 

🦮I can offer online and in person training. 

📝I will give you a plan and ongoing support.

I will give you the skills so you and your dog can be confident about the now and the future. 

I can offer challenges like the STAS 25 day challenge. I can help you access the Training Academy, over 200 games on all sorts of dog struggles. 
If you purchase these through me I get a commission so you get to support a small local business and my family, so thank you! 🥰 

Check out my website www.coolcanines.com.au for more. 
If you want to chat email me at cool.canines@icloud.com

Start your dog training journey today!
<![CDATA[LINKS!!]]>Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:34:00 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/linksWe have links to all sorts amazing things! Check them out below
Super Trainer
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Get Welp


Tug-E_Nuff Toys!!
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STAS sign up!
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Save the Daintree

Great Pet Gear!
The Dainty Gumboot

<![CDATA[Did you Rescue a Dog?]]>Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:29:17 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/did-you-rescue-a-dogHere are some amazing ebooks to help you and your rescue ❤️

​Day 1: Getting Started

Day 2: Bringing a Rescue Dog Home
Day 3: Separation Struggles
Day 4: Multi-dog Household
Day 5: Growing Confidence

Day 6: Foundation Games for your Rescue Dog
Day 7: Rescue Dogs and Kids - Growing the Relationship from the Start
<![CDATA[New Puppy??]]>Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:21:25 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/new-puppyThanks to absoluteDogs we have 7 free ebooks to hand out!!
These are amazing and will help you and your pup, if you have any more questions just ask!
Day 1 - The first 7 Days with your Puppy
Day 2 - Puppy Biting
Day 3 - Housetraining
Day 4 - Surviving Puppyhood
Day 5 - Socialisation
Day 6 - 10 Foundation Games
Day 7 - Calmness is King
Bonus day - Barking Solutions
Bonus day 2 - Overcoming common Behaviour struggles

<![CDATA[Mini Series on Calm]]>Mon, 31 May 2021 11:38:56 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/mini-series-on-calmHey everyone! Just a quick FYI to follow my instagram CoolCanines_DogTraining for a mini series I'm making on calmness and how we can grow it! Check it out and see what else I have to offer ❤️]]><![CDATA[Ditch the Bowl And The Routine!]]>Sun, 04 Apr 2021 11:31:55 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/ditch-the-bowl-and-the-routineI thought I'd hop on here and start sharing things that have worked really well for my dog and others dogs. We know they work for a few reasons. Lets first talk explain what ditching the bowl and routine are and look like.
  • Ditch the Bowl - is using the daily food that you would normally place in a bowl, in training instead. This looks different for everyone, for ourselves (we feed raw and kibble) its a couple of Kongs that we stuff the raw food in and freeze, and then we use the kibble for training, or scattering around. Basically asking him to hunt/work for it instead of gulping it from a bowl. Some who feed raw dehydrate or freeze some of their food, those who dont may use wobblers or other toys that get their doggo thinking.
  • Ditch the Routine - is reducing the predictability of our lives. So we try to not always train at the same time, or in the same way. We pick up the keys and then put them down again. Its a matter of finding what you can through your day to be different!
So why does it work? Well one reason is that dogs love contra-free loading. What is that? you may ask. Well its the preference to work for food (hunt for it in the wild). Once you turn food into an experience more than just eating you increase the value of the food. It often helps with fussy eaters, or those who only want the stinkiest treats. Because the taste matters not, but the experience does. The experience? Well dogs love movement, or playing or like I said scattering it.
Ditching the routine works because dogs are AMAZING predictors. They are efficient animals so they quickly work out that keys = leaving, those clothes = keys = leaving. etc. They get themselves into a different energy state before you've even done what you were going to do! Reducing the predictability means there is no point in getting to a different energy state because who knows what were going to do. They place less importance on our movement which is great skill to have when living day to day.
Now obviously they wont apply to every situation or dog. You have to assess your own dog, your own situation before you know if these will work in your life. Some dogs medically can't ditch the bowl for example. Ask a professional as well!
<![CDATA[How to find the right Dog trainer for YOU!]]>Wed, 24 Mar 2021 11:04:58 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/how-to-find-the-right-trainer-for-youPicture
Welcome to my blog on the field of dog training!

How many trainers have you seen and how did you find them?
I ask because owning a dog who needs extra help in the training world can often be a complicated place. Where do we turn to, who is good, who is no good, how do we find out these things? 
Dog training is unregulated, what this means is anyone can go out and say they are a trainer. Which often leads to taking advantage of those who need help. It also means in many cases going through numerous trainers before finding one that works. 
I’m hoping with this I can make it a bit clearer and arm you with some knowledge and tools on your search for help in the world of dog training!
First tip is the term balanced trainer means the use of negative and positive. The term force free/trust based is exactly as it sounds. Its far more respectful and far more effective (research also backs this). I am the later, and it’s the only way we created results with our pooch at 4yo.

​There are a few things you can do. (These are not in order of importance, all should be considered) 
   1. Have a look for memberships, has the trainer signed up to any associations? 
These things do take time so if you can't see any, ask them. For myself I'm an APDT member, I'm working on the Pet professional guild and Minddog as well. Finding out this information is helpful because you can then google these associations and find out what they stand for. The ones mentioned above are great for finding respectful/force free/ trust based trainers. 
  ​2. Along the same lines, check out people’s certificates and training. I know experience and anecdotal evidence can be helpful. However, I also understand that improving our knowledge all the time only makes us better. Not all courses are made equal, however once you know what they have studied you can look into what the course covers. Dogs don’t need fear tactics employed to make them submit. What dogs need is respect and help to move through life. They need us to help give them skills to navigate the world. A trainer will be able to answer what they learnt at a course, if they gained value or if they don’t recommend a course. 
  3. Look into the style of training the person offers.
All current research says that the use of aversive isn't necessary and often has a negative impact on the relationship. 
An investigation into the effectiveness of various professionals...
This is one such study. 
I am force free and if I see you using force I will educate you as to why it’s not necessary and why it is a negative experience for the doggo. When you know better you do better. 
  4. Find someone you enjoy communicating with, you want to feel confident in asking questions. If things crop up that weren't expected, being able to ask for help is super important. In this sense as well check out reviews. See what people talk about, the trainers personality, the results, just have a read. Not everyone reviews so if you know people personally who have experience with the trainer ask them. At the end of the day peoples experience will be different. But I think they can still be useful. 

Things that are important to me are being willing to learn more, as I mentioned before when talking about certificates. The attitude of "I know everything" doesn't help in any work place. Experience doesn't always trump knowledge. It helps, and experience makes you better, but how many people do you know stay in a job not necessarily because of the right reasons. How many people do you know resist change and refuse to learn because they know one way that works, even when there is a newer better option?
I'm always learning, always studying, always asking questions. I always say that the dog doesn't read the training manual so if they don't respond well tell me and we can change it up. This is how we learn. Instead of thinking we know everything, we take on information and make ourselves even better than before. Naturally the trainers most up to date will be force free/respectful of the dog and work on trust. We see it being more effective on the ground and the research overwhelmingly agrees. 

Go Forth and Start (or continue!!) Your Training Journey!

Kate O

Owner and Trainer at Cool Canines. With a passion for helping people live a stress free life with their dogs!

<![CDATA[APDT Member!]]>Sun, 21 Mar 2021 10:36:31 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/apdt-memberHey! 
If you're on my socials you would have seen that I have had to momentarily cancel classes. Which is a downer, SO I'm going to use the time I would have used for all things classes and level up my dog training. I have joined the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Inc. This is a group that is trying to improve the quality of dog trainers out there. So only those with relevant certification can join. Thats something worth getting excited about! 
I'm working on getting more qualifications in more areas so look out! These are mostly relating to mental health and how our dogs can help us in this area. 
<![CDATA[Classes!]]>Sat, 13 Mar 2021 04:37:27 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/classes
We have found a venue for classes! Very excited to get this going. Email me at cool.canines@icloud.com for more information!
​See you there!
<![CDATA[Tricks vs REal Life Results]]>Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:11:29 GMThttp://coolcanines.com.au/dogtrainingblog/tricks-vs-real-life-resultsHow to get real life results
Does your dog learn a trick and then still can't handle real life?
I came across an example just the other day. This beautiful dog had been shown a closed fist = sit back. Sounds spot on right? However you change the picture and shed come over and try to get the food. 
Instead of impulse control she had been shown a picture. Change the picture she didn't know what to do.
Lucky I know exactly how to combat this! Make sure when asking a dog to leave something alone, you also build up value in it too. Say you're covering the food with a pot. Give heaps of easy wins, let them have the food under the pot. Then cover the food and wait for them to back up even just lifting their head away to start with. Then build value in it again. 
Another classic example is recall. I'm going to cover that one on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/CoolCanines 
Please ask me any questions, I'm happy to help!
Happy Training