Our Philosophy and Methodology
The Pet Crew How
We are positive reinforcement marker trainers. Pet Crews training sessions are gradual, easy and based on animal behaviour. We use one of the four quadrants of operant conditioning called “positive reinforcement” combined with an event marker, which can be a verbal word or a clicker to modify behaviour.
The Pet Crew Why
We do not use punishment, dominance or corrections in our training. We believe animals are perceptive, intelligent and should be treated with respect and dignity. Punishing methods are unnecessary for modifying behavior, damaging the dog and your relationship with them. Here at Pet Crew we focus on strengthening desirable behaviour though positive reinforcement and weakening undesirable behaviour through lack of reinforcement.
The Pet Crew Purpose
Additionally we teach pet parents how to communicate with their animals though body language and verbal cues, pet parents learn about their animals emotional state in order to eliminate stress, anxiety and fear, and strengthen the bond with them though force-free, peaceful methods.
What does this mean for you?
Pet Crew can teach you to prevent and or change things like:
- Excessive barking
- Not coming when called
- Pulling on the lead
- Reactivity on leash
- General obedience
- Resource guarding of toys or food
- Separation anxiety
- Stress triggers
- Jumping up
- Counter surfing
- House training
- And much more
By one-on-one training with Pet Crew you will be working with your dog, creating trust and a better bond enabling you to enjoy your dog more than you ever thought possible.
Foundation Stage – Captains Rules
This is the starting point that direction the positive way forward in learning how to train your pet for life. This is not the type of “dog training” you might be expecting. You might have thought that you would be shown how to get your dog to “sit” or “come” but this is not an ideal starting point.
The starting point that will give you the most successful outcome from your training with Pet Crew comes at a stage before “command” training.
Pet Crew call this vital stage the Captains Rules. This foundational stage training is not dominance training, negative punishments or being the “Alpha” but instead it’s where you learn to partner with your animal for the best results in a positive manner. This stage helps to get everyone in your family on the same training methods, setting the ground for greatness right in your own home.
Many clients are feeling confident and happy to proceed on their own after the Foundation sessions but others feel they want at least one more session so we provide this with the option to hire us hourly. the Captains Rules we are assured of no mutiny and we progress to the Pet Crews units of Training.
Captains Rules Foundation Sessions2 x 2 hour session (usually 1 week apart)
- Session includes key family members in your home
- Home Work and written lesson outline supplied
Units of TrainingAll other Pet Crew Units of Training following
- Each unit is specifically modified to your goals and dog