Training Methods and tools


 Trainers that claim that their methodology is better than the other’s should change careers. What they are really saying is that they don’t know how to implement (use) other methods, nor do they understand any other techniques.

These people are not professional trainers, they pretend to be.

Dogs don’t all have the same temperament, character, tendencies sometimes it is necessary to combine different techniques to achieve the desired results.

A professional trainer decides upon the evaluation of the pet 
which method would be best suitable pending on breed, sex, environment, behavioural issues, etc...

The true professional trainer will incorporate a number of techniques to enhance the training. The trainer also has to make the owners feel comfortable with the method he/she will be incorporating and also making sure they (owner) understand how to properly apply and use them.

If a trainer or training school speaks negatively of another trainer/school they are, in fact, revealing their own insecurity regarding their abilities and are attempting to justify their methods. In other words, they are just trying to make the sale!

All trainers and training schools have the same goal in mind Helping their client in having good obedient dog!

When that goal is achieved, fewer dogs would be surrendered at the S.P.C.A, pounds or rescue organizations.

There’s a wide variety of tools used in training dogs.

Here are some of the popular tools that we use: (All have Pros & Cons)

  • Clicker training (based on treats)
  • Collar training (based on praise and collar pressure)
  • Choker training; nylon, chain, martingale, pinch collar ,etc.(based on praise and collar pressure)
  • Gentle Leader (Halti) Training based on praise and Halti corrections
  • Remote Collar Training;Vibrating, Tone and Stimulus, (based on praise and collar pressure )
  • Silent Whistle training (based on praise and corrections)
  • Tap training (touch / treat / voice / collar pressure)
  • Trick training (based on treats)
  • Whistle training (based on praise and collar pressure)

Seirios K9 does not use or will ever use this following technique for obedience training

  • Throw chain Training
    *This evolved many years ago from a method where a fake arm was thrown near the dog or at the dog to startle it and get his attention. Now they use a chain, which is first shaken to create noise, then thrown at the dog. Unfortunately this technique has been used out of contents therefore created unwanted behaviour mostly fear based. If used in the proper way as it has been intended the technique is effective. (without using a chain)

** A leash correction means applying collar pressure; a quick snap and release of the leash

Each method has equally positive and negative components. It depends entirely upon the way that it’s applied and executed.

Why dog training?

Dog training is very important for ALL dogs. Properly training a dog helps eliminate about 85% of behavioural problems and good obedience training is the foundation of it all.

Obedience training is one of the most important aspects of raising a dog. Unlike what some might think, even a well behaved dog should have obedience training, it’s like saying “children don’t need to go to school because they are well behaved”. Dog training in general allows us to better communicate with our dog. Furthermore, it makes for a happier and more willing dog that requires fewer restrictions and is more reliable, which will ultimately give the dog more freedom.

There will be no need to “hide” a well-trained dog in fear of him being a nuisance. Moreover, an obedience trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others. Don’t we all want a good mannered dog when we have guests in our home, reliable around children, and who won’t react to other dogs or other pedestrians? Obedience training exercises not only teach good manners, boundaries, and structure but also builds confidence that creates a more relaxed state of mind in uncomfortable and/or unfamiliar situations.

To obtain a perfectly obedient dog it takes persistency, consistency, repetition and patience. It is best to begin in his puppy days, as early as three months old. At this stage, the puppy is learning to learn. After the age of six months, disobedience should not be overlooked.

For more advanced training, such as agility training and scent work (nose work) it can be begun profitably before the age of 10 months. Training such as protection and security should not begin before the age of 10 months.

Group Class

  • Puppy classes
  • Beginner classes
  • Basic obedience
  • Advanced obedience
  • General training
  • Confidence building classes
  • Behavioural modification (limited spots)

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