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It's all about BALANCE

Is 'positive only' or 'force free' training failing your dog? Then please do not give up hope. Just like anything in life, there needs to be balance. One sided dog training and behaviour modification techniques limits ones ability to help dogs. A more balanced approach allows us to focus on a dogs natural instincts, and therefore work with dogs in a way they understand.

Are you are looking for balance in your dogs life? Then I can help you and your dog.


Featured Blogs

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    Is your dog dog-aggressive on lead? part 2

    Frustration triggered on-lead aggression in dogs ( Part 2 of 'Is your dog dog-aggressive on lead?') You have a very important appointment to get to and you are extremely anxious because you are ...

    Monday, 16 February 2015
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    Is your dog dog-aggressive on-lead?

    The anxious fearful dog Is your dog dog-aggressive on-lead? There can be many reasons that trigger this type of reaction. We need to understand the trigger and the reason for the reaction ...

    Saturday, 14 February 2015
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    Is love killing our dogs?

    Have we allowed love to override our common sense? A couple of years ago, in a forum run by the RSPCA South Australia, I became involved in a conversation with positive-only extremists about sn ...

    Thursday, 12 February 2015
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    My message to Miss Victoria Stilwell

    Miss Stilwell wrote a blog on her website recently about the spike in dog aggression over the past few years. She addresses one of the reasons for this spike as due to balanced training techniques. ...

    Sunday, 08 February 2015
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    Dominance theory in dogs a myth?

    Dominance theory is a myth? Dogs it appears are the ONLY social pack animal that somehow missed out on this genetic trait, according to the 'positive only' and 'force free' movement.. Hum ...

    Monday, 02 February 2015
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    The evil dog training tool, the ecollar

    I want to do my part in helping to dispel the myths surrounding ecollars and their use. There have over the years (and still continuing) been such outlandish claims and lies being made about these ...

    Friday, 31 October 2014
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    When killing is considered more humane than alternatives

    Leonberger I originally posted this blog on my old site back in November 2012. I wanted to repost it as a reminder (as follow-up to my previous blog), ...

    Sunday, 26 October 2014
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    High Anxiety & the Tail Chaser

    Ted at my  Group Class I was asked by a client if I could help them with their German Shepherd Ted, that continually chased his tail at home. ...

    Saturday, 25 October 2014
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    The dog halti is not a training tool

    (edited/updated 2/10/14) Why I do not use or recommend the halti I use the term halti in general terms here to include any collar designed to fit like a halti or gentle leader. Halti t ...

    Sunday, 28 September 2014
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Accredited professional dog trainer, & behaviour specialist

Dog training, behaviour modification & rehabilitation in Adelaide

Mark Singer

Hello, and welcome to my website

My name is Mark Singer. I have been working with, and training dogs in a professional capacity for over 34 years. I am a former RAAF Police Dog and Drug Detector Dog Handler/Trainer, having served 12 years working in that capacity. For the past 20 years (14 of those years in Adelaide) my focus has been on dog behaviour modification and rehabilitation, and helping dog owners have better and more fulfilling relationships with their dog. I am well known and respected throughout Australia for my knowledge on dog instincts, behaviour, and drives. My natural ability with dogs is well renowned, not only here in Adelaide, but throughout Australia. I am a highly regarded and respected dog trainer and behaviourist in Adelaide, and recommended by many Adelaide Vets, Breeders, Boarding Kennels, pet shops, and other dog related businesses, and also by my peers throughout Australia.

I now only operate my services on a part-time basis. This is not a full time job for me anymore. You could say I am semi-retired. I do hold regular group classes, and next year (2015) I will be holding a few puppy schools and workshops. I also do offer home consultations a few times a week. Home consultations can tend to get booked up fairly quickly due to my limited availablity. However I do my best to fit most in.

If the only way that you can control your dog or encourage correct behaviour is to carry a treat pouch around, then chances are you most probably don't have a well disciplined or well balanced relationship with your dog.

My approach

My approached is balanced, I do not believe in the theory of 'purely positive' or 'force free' only training. Dogs just like humans need discipline, guidance and leadership. Sure to encourage the right behaviours, our approach should be positive. However when necessary, to help extinguish certain unwanted behaviours (such as aggression), we may need to include aversives. A balanced approach to training and behaviour modification is required to have a well behaved and well balanced dog, We should never limit ourselves to believing there is a one method suits all mentality, as this only limits our ability to help our dogs.

Is your dog well balanced, stress and anxiety free?

Inviting me into your home for a couple hours will change the way you relate to your dog. You will be amazed at how simple it can be to have a well balanced and well behaved dog, that is a joy to own. Once we understand our dogs relationship with us from its point of view, and also understand how our thoughts, emotions, body language and general interaction affects ourdog, we can work on these to help ensure a more balanced and happier dog.. Which not only helps our dog, but also helps us have a more rewarding and fulfilling relationship with our beloved dog..

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