Dedicated pet services in Newcastle
At Jigsaw Dog Trainning & Behaviour Consultancy, we aim to provide the highest quality customer service and pet care to all our clients.
Dog training is all about understanding and communication. There are no hidden secret mystical answers, but instead it comes down to the handler listening, watching and learning, and thinking like a dog instead of a human. With this new-found knowledge, you then must learn to communicate effectively with your dog.
Science for years has explored these hidden mysteries and has provided us with many solutions. Pavlov's dog springs to mind; a dog to salivates in response to a noise accompanied with food. Eventually the dog salivates when he hears the noise, associating it with food. This is known as classical conditioning and is a technique still employed today.
Jigsaw Dog Training and Behaviour Consultancy believes in working with our dogs compassionately and humanely, using operant conditioning with the focus on positive reinforcement. By constantly rewarding for a job well done, instead of punishing for an act we consider bad, we improve the learning of our dogs rapidly and harmoniously.
In this manner we increase the dog's understanding of which behaviour patterns get a reward, be it a titbit, praise, his favourite toy, or a chance to play. In this way, we feedback on what we consider acceptable behaviour.
Eventually your dog will behave in the acceptable manner without the need for treats, but the occasional reward will reinforce the behaviour long term.
Although we work with positive reinforcement as opposed to punishing for bad behaviour, we encourage discipline at all times. A dog must learn that every behaviour has a consequence, even if that means no reward. For example, every time you open the door and he does not bark, he gets a big fuss and a biscuit; if he barks that reward is withdrawn.
We encourage you to establish a routine and a clear management system with your dog. Not allowing them the opportunity to display certain behavioural traits, such as chewing slippers, can cure a problem instantly. Always remember that dogs are opportunists and will grab that opportunity with both paws, if allowed to! Don't give them the chance from an early age if possible.
Whatever your challenge, we will work with your and your dog in a sensitive and encouraging manner and we will teach you how to carry on the work when we have gone. Call us now on 0403 676 047 to get started.