Julie Smith Dog Training & Behaviour -


"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen"

Positive Reinforcement & Modern Training Techniques


What is Positive Reinforcement? And why is this better?

 In operant conditioning, positive reinforcement involves the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future. When a favorable outcome, event, or reward occurs after an action, that particular response or behaviour will be strengthened. 

In simplified terms we want to reward and reinforce everything that our dogs do that we do want and be consistent in this in order to create a habit. The more times we reward a dog who greets us with a SIT for example, the bigger the probability of him greeting us with a sit again in the future!

Here we will use 'high value treats' such as chicken, sausage and cheese and focus on rewarding and reinforcing the 'good' behaviors and those you wish to see repeated. 

This method will assure both you and your dog both enjoy the training process, look forward to each new session and learn new and better behaviours quickly.

Why use 'Modern' methods over older methods of training?


Modern based dog training methods focus on reward based training and building a relationship with your dog. Focusing on the things your dog does which you want him to repeat and teaching him alternatives to those behaviors which you do not.

Older fashioned methods are more likely to instill fear into your dog by using equipment such as prong collars, choke chains and water spray bottles! 

These methods focus more on punishing your dog for the behaviours you class as 'wrong' or 'bad' . 

These outdated methods instil fear and confusion into your dog and damage the bond you have with them in the process.

I do not promote any of these methods and use no aversive techniques at all when training

Why choose me ?

Training your dog is important to having a healthy and happy relationship. I can offer you friendly, professional help with all aspects of dog training and behaviour and help you as the owner not only train your dog, but also to learn and understand your dog better in general.

My role as a Dog Trainer and Behaviour Consultant is an important one and one which I absolutely love. I take great pride in being able to help owners understand their dogs actions and behaviours and how to help change these. 

I am not here simply to train your dog with short term fixes, but to help you learn more and to enable you to train your dog ongoing and in the future.

I have made many friends from clients and their dogs over the years and I'm proud of the friendships made, dogs trained and of the positive feedback and reviews I've earned over this period.

I look forward to meeting and making friends with many more clients over the years to come 

Thank you for visiting my website and I hope to meet you and your dog soon.

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Julie Smith - Dog Trainer & behaviour Consultant