Mallory and Andrew are certified dog trainers through the Animal Behaviour College based in California and was mentored under the knowledgeable Shelagh Begg of Dizine Canine. They both practice and believe in Positive Reinforcement Training. Positive Reinforcement Training is science based, force free and makes use of treats, praise and the clicker to mark and reward behavior. While Andrew trains dogs of all ages and stages of training, he specializes in behavior modification in reactive and fearful dogs. Whereas Mallory’s heart lies with the training of puppies and basic obedience.
Mallory is also certified in Pet First Aid and is also a Pet First Aid Instructor with Walks n Wags Pet First Aid. Mallory has certified a number of daycares and shelter staff throughout Vancouver and the lower mainland in Pet First Aid and is passionate about bringing that knowledge and safety to Good Hound Training and Daycare.
What is Positive Reinforcement Training?
Very simply, Positive Reinforcement Training is training your dog to do a behavior by rewarding desired behaviours and ignoring or redirecting undesired behaviours. Positive Reinforcement Training is force free, pain free and intimidation free. This means no choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, yelling, hitting or any other forms of punishment. Instead Positive Reinforcement Training using the clicker, treats, praise and anything else your dog views as a reward when he does the desired behaviour. The result? Your dog begins to do a behavior because he wants to, not out of fear of the consequences if he doesn’t. This creates a lasting positive behavior. It’s the same with people; think about how much more likely you are to do something you want to as opposed to something that you ‘should’ do because someone else has told you to.Positive Reinforcement Training has proven to be so much more effective than other aversive methods that even the BC Guide Dog Association as started using it!
Work with Rescues
Good Hound Training strongly believes in the good work of reputable dog rescues. Having fostered and rehabilitated many dogs ourselves, we have seen firsthand the impact giving a dog a second chance can have. For this reason, Good Hound Training gives a 10% discount off all private sessions to dogs that have come from a reputable rescue. Good Hound Training also works closely with a few rescues performing assessments on new dogs and helping out foster families and adoptive owners with training.