It is important to us to treat our dogs with dignity and respect that is why our trainings are solely based on positive reinforcement. We use a method that conditions and motivates the dog to obey to get the desired behaviour (e.g.: Sit, Down, Come, etc.) instead of punishing for its bad behaviour.
So, why use this method when good old punitive techniques seem to work?
If you are like me, you need to understand why, what and how in order to apply correctly and effectively the methods you are being taught, then it is very simple: basically, it is because physical and verbal punishment creates, in reality, more problems than it solves! With punishment, the dog feels too often repressed, confused, suspicious, shy and even sometimes aggressive…
Why should you constantly punish and have to fight or challenge your best friend, the dog, while you could motivate him to do what you expect from him, with ease and good humour?
Do you remember the days when it was normal to punish children with a belt and spank them? Today, we can thank the psychologists who taught us that not only can this physically hurt the child, but that there can be huge psychological consequences and take years of therapies to repair. Scientific studies prove that it’s the same for dogs.
Imagine a man walking with a puppy on the street. They meet a couple with a young child.
The dog natural behaviour: Rex, the dog, is happy to see the child and wants to play with him. To express its joy and be understood, it jumps on the little man.
Method used: The dog owner then pulls on the leash and punishes the dog with the choker that the animal wears around his neck. The dog then stops jumping because it is not strong enough …
The next time around, when he meets a child on the street, the dog forgets and does the unwanted behaviour … just like the master. And history repeats itself until Rex remembers the consequence of his behaviour and ultimately wants to avoid punishment.
But what really happened in the dog’s head? Well, he definitely understood that one should not jump on children with this particular association: “a child? it can hurt! Does Rex love children? Of course not!
The puppy who was first playful and loving with children, may hate or fear them now and develop an aversion to them.
Result of punishment: Then, the risk of having a reactive dog with aggressive behaviour towards children may result, whereas using positive reinforcement will make your dog happy and he’d be always willing to offer you good behaviours to please you!
I really enjoyed our sessions and will continue to work with my big boy
You are a great teacher. Riley says thanks for the great treats. Please feel free to stop in if you are in the neighbourhood.
I highly recommend Daniel’s training classes
He was just AMAZING with both of our dogs (Mix Pitbull/Boxer and American Staffordshire). He only uses positive reinforcement with the dogs and he is extremely patient with them.
J.Claude St-Jean – Cantley
I recommend Mr. Sterl to anyone who wants to have a docile and obedient dog.
I asked Daniel Sterl to help me with the training of my puppy, a poodle. This is my fourth dog, but with a grand-son around, I want a dog that will obey orders at all times. The puppy is exuberant. Mr. Sterl gave me effective ways to keep him busy: special food ball, forcing the beast to "work" for his meal, and "Kong" still to occupy in his moments of impetuosity. I work at the moment the cues "knee" (more to the height of the dog than the command "heel" ...) and "come". With patience and "rewards" training is beginning to bear fruit. Mr. Sterl works smoothly, with great patience in the canine psychological approach. He takes the time to explain to the master, as well the “how” than the “why” of training. He is passionate about his work.
Huge thanks from Baxter for making me a better master for him!!
Hello, I am the master of a very beautiful dog named Baxter. I adopted Baxter at 6 weeks old telling myself that this dog would be the nicest and most obedient dog, but I soon realized that even though Baxter was a good dog, he developed some aggressive behaviours towards some acquisitions. After following the trainer’s advices of the basic obedience course without success, she referred me to Daniel. After Daniel’s first visit, there was already a great improvement in Baxter’s behaviour. His advices allowed me to have a better control by changing my actions/cues that I was previously applying with Baxter. Daniel also suggested new training ideas to keep Baxter’s learning motivation and that taught him to play by himself so he became more independent. I greatly appreciated Daniel’s help and I highly recommend him to all dog owners who wish to develop a happy dog-master relationship. I must also thank him for his generous time and the passion he has for his profession.
Frédéric et Ghysline – Hull
We highly recommend Daniel’s services!
We are very satisfied for the services that Daniel (Un Homme et des Chiens) gave us. After only 2 appointments, we have seen a tremendous change for the better with our dog behaviours. We are now better equipped to change or train the behaviours of our dog.