Our kennels have been purpose built for rehabilitation, we only have a small number of kennels so that we can dedicate a lot of time to each dogs rehabilitation.
The goal of our program is to provide rehabilitation therapy to dogs that suffer from psychological issues such as dog aggression, human aggression, phobias and fears etc and also behaviour problems that have proven stubborn to modify in dogs.
Our clients are often people who love their dogs but have been unable to get any resolve on these anti social and at times dangerous behaviours, many times even after working with numerous trainers and or behaviourists.
The difference in our program is that we have an incredibly efficient housing and management system which allows the dogs to rest here without the stress of visual contact with unknown people and dogs in runs fence fighting etc. Dogs in neighbouring runs cannot be seen by dogs in rehab. Whilst many boarding kennels have wire between runs, ours have steel panels preventing any interaction.
This system prevents them rehearsing the behaviours we are trying to reduce and allows the dogs to relax in peace between training and therapy sessions.
We also establish a working relationship with the dogs, and because all dogs that come to us are unique in their behaviours, this involves different strategies for each dog that have been prescibed by Steve after the initial evaluation.
Some dogs may need a few days just to trust us and settle into kennels whereas others may be delighted to jump into training and therapy right away.
Understand that this is psychological behaviour therapy and it can only progress as fast as your dog can cope with. We see many anxious dogs that would simply get much worse when too much pressure is applied.
The key to successful outcomes is working within the dogs temperament.
We will work with ANY dog, regardless of size, shape, behaviour or severity.
ALL dogs will improve, MOST dogs to a level you would never think possible.
SOME dogs take a little longer.
Our Board and Rehabilitation process is:
We will ask you to complete an online form which will ask you many questions about your dog/s. These will include questions about your dogs health, training, eating habits, behaviour problems etc and many other things that will help us understand the challenges you face.
Very rarely is a dog that has a behaviour problem only affected by one trigger, it will be many things in the dogs life that help create these behaviours.
On or near your dogs arrival to us, your dog will be assessed and then Steve will set up the training / behaviour modification plan.
Your dog will begin learning the steps of the training plan and we will update you every week. We sometimes use a number of different handlers throughout your dogs stay so that your dog will not just work with one person, but we also test this with our other trainers here.
As your dog progresses we will start to plan to integrate you into the training and adjust your dog back to your home routines, awake and work hours, feeding regimes etc.
There will be a handover appointment booked and you will be shown what your dog has learned and trained to handle your dog.
We also include a follow up lesson in 7 – 10 days (normally) after your dog goes home so we can make sure that you and your dog are working well together.
If you need more time to learn how to handle, train and manage your dog we can help you via follow up lessons.
This will be a one on one with you and can be done via Skype if you are Interstate or Overseas.
When your dog is finished their program here, we will be able to demonstrate what your dog has learned and can do now. You will need to take over the leader role f0r your dog to be able to work this well at home. Expect to be asking questions, expect to be working your dog back up to the level we attained and don’t expect every day to be perfect.
If you pick up your dog and go home expecting perfection, you will end up disappointed and your dog will be back where they are started at light speed.
When your dog finishes at the rehab center, Phase 2 starts, in which you take the leader role and help your dog learn to trust your guidance.
We will work with any dog regardless of how serious the problems are, super human or dog aggressive dogs, naughty and misbehaving dogs even at expert level are well within our experience. We have standard 5 and 8 week packages but it must be remembered that a lifetime of rehearsing unacceptable behaviours won’t be erased in 35 or 56 days.
Some dogs need to stay longer, some will need to come back and work on separate parts of the program once the initial training has been started but most go home and their owners are amazed at the difference.
We have some videos for you to look at below, these results are typical of what we deliver.
Some owners may struggle to be effective trainers, that is perfectly normal, we can schedule lessons to get you up to where you need to be. Many dogs with these problems may need ongoing support and education but they CAN improve much more than you may think.
This is a premium service, the results are remarkable and lasting if you continue the program.
Labrador and German Shepherd (here)
Human and Dog Aggressive German Shepherd (here)
Some facts about your dogs stay here: –
Dogs are never run with, or make any contact with any other dogs during their stay here except dogs that we use in training. This exposure is 100% controlled so there are no fights or injured dogs.
Our kennel runs are designed so that dogs cannot see each other when they are in their runs. This prevents behaviour rehearsal, being intimidated or encouraged by the neighbouring dog.
There will be no group play sessions, off leash romps or free access to other dogs. We take no risks with your dog.
Your dog will be fed the diet you have at home (we ask you to bring a few days to start with) initially then fed 4 – 8 times per day a raw diet suitable for your dog (dogs with allergies can remain on your diet). This feeding regime is to build a strong reward system we will use to teach, train and proof your dog.
The techniques, concepts and programs used here to rehabilitate your dog will be the same programs we prescribe in consults, our staff are highly experienced at remaining within them.
Dogs exercise is controlled, via supervised treadmill, swimming and exploring our 7 acres of land with a long line attached.
Kennel runs are of the highest security steel mesh, heavy duty steel panels 2.8m high with insulated indoor kennel and the complete run is insulated and fully protected from the weather.
Being 100% protected from the sun and having superior insulation means the kennel runs are approx. 20 – 25 degrees all year round.
How long will my dog be with you?
This is a hard one to answer, most dogs that come to stay with us have very severe and ingrained behaviour problems, they don’t disappear in 2 – 3 days. In most cases dogs are with us for around 5 – 8 weeks, but of course some longer and some shorter, it depends more on your dogs ability to learn, what training foundations your dog has when we meet him or her and the problem at hand.
We understand that you love your dog and want to be apart as little as possible, we get the results as fast as we can.
Keep in mind that your dog may have been rehearsing these behaviours for months or even years, so they won’t just be forgotten overnight.
There are no days where your dog sits around in a kennel without interaction. The stay here is a busy schedule that has both training / behaviour modification and exercise / fun time included.
We are not hard or harsh with your dog, the training is reward driven in all cases and some consequences are applied to strengthen other behaviours.
This program is to identify the problems, diagnose the cause/s, begin teaching correct behaviours and run controlled exposure around distractions. That is a lot for your dog to take on in 5 or 8 weeks. So, your dog will not come back “fixed”, we don’t use that type of terminology.
If you are looking for your dog to come home and be past the point where he or she has the feelings they started with, the 5 – 8 week program will not be long enough, talk to us about long term rehab programs which start at 12 weeks duration and increase as needed.
Very few dogs need this as long as when your dog comes home, you put in the work we ask you to. If you cant, or wont, the results we gained will just fade away.
What should you gain from Board and Rehabilitation?
Your dog will be taught the foundations of the program, so lets assume that your dog is aggressive, we may teach (or we may not) your dog to walk calm on a loose leash, come when called and another two or three foundation behaviours that we will use to desensitize and finally counter condition your dog to other dogs.
You will be able to instantly identify the training that has been done and this will remain solid when you take your dog home and use the same techniques, tools, communication and rewards.
Your dog will display less of the problem behaviours than he or she arrived with, maybe none of them at all. This is because we are not going to try and completely rehabilitate your dog, that would take maybe months, but we will install the programs for you and this will help you continue to improve your dog.
Your dog will understand when he or she is behaving appropriately, through the communication system we teach.
You will need to learn the right way to train, reward, manage and communicate with your dog, as mentioned we will provide 2 lessons with your program, written programs for home reference and email support, our program does not end when your dog leaves our facility, we stay right with you until your confident; but you will need to stay committed or most dogs will revert back to old habits.
Actions change first, feelings take a while…
Like humans, dogs may feel like doing something for quite a while after choosing not to do it, this is the habit slowly dissipating.
Imagine if you are or were a smoker and decided to quit, you follow all the guides and stop smoking.
If you were a three packs a day smoker, the cravings will be incredible for the first few weeks or maybe months. If you were a five a day habit of course those cravings will be easier to deal with.
Your dog is not a robot, he or she cannot be re programmed and because we do not use methods that include high levels of pain, intimidation or threat, this is not a one day boot camp.
This article can help you understand dog aggression and rehab better. We have placed a few links to articles written by Steve here. PLEASE read them all so we are all on the same page.
We encourage you to book a phone consultation with Steve before booking and ask any questions you need to. We have a limited amount of placements to help dogs and we want to allocate them to people who will make the best use of them.
Who does this option suit?
- People struggling to get progress happening with their dog/s.
- People who do not have the physical ability to train, manage or control their dog.
- People who are fearful of their dog or what he or she could do.
- People who want help kick stating the program
- People who have a dog that has broken the law and would like us to help intervene with council.
- Those who may be having a baby or moving into shared accommodation and are worried something will go wrong.
This article can help give you clear expectations.
- People who can’t be bothered training or spending time with their dog. The dog will come back better and just slip back to where you where before.
- People who are not invested in their dogs and want someone else to do all the work. We can help you break ground but you need to keep working.
- People who have fixed ideas on the way dogs should be managed and trained, if they were not working with you before the program they won’t work after.
Dogs are living, breathing, thinking creatures, just like you or me, the only way to guarantee a behaviour change is to force the dog to do it, then absent the force, the dog won’t do it.
We focus on the solution not the problem; meaning we teach the dog the correct behaviours and we try and motivate the dog to offer those in place of the ones you don’t like.
Once they are being offered we reinforce them many times to build strength.
In this system we see the problem behaviours replaced.
Many times the dog will be perfect with us but not the owner right away, this is normal, but we will help you get that same level of respect too.
Guarantee’s put the trainer under pressure to provide an outcome, that pressure is often passed on to the dog via the trainer…
Read Steve’s Philosophy on dog training here.
This article can also help you understand our ideologies (here)
The below is a great video showing you the start of relationship building with an amazing dog.
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