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Meet the Positive K9 Training dog trainers

When it comes to training your pet, it’s very easy to become confused with what is the right choice for both of you. This is why Positive K9 Training has devised simple yet effective motivational-based methods. We also understand that every dog is different which is why we tailor a program to you and your pet’s needs. This translates to a purely POSITIVE outcome with lasting results for both of you!

The Positive K9 approach to dog training

At Positive K9, we are firm believers in early socialisation and obedience training to teach essential life skills as well as aiding to prevent minor behaviour problems. Unfortunately when it comes to established behaviour problems, although well intentioned, there can be a lack of knowledge when seeking assistance with these  issues from a general obedience training club. This results in you seeking the assistance of a Behaviourist who has a great understanding of behaviour but can be lacking in the hands on skills that are needed

There currently appears to be a big gap between these two professions. We believe separating these skills is counter-productive as they are both needed to provide effective training and behaviour modification. Positive K9 training will bridge the gap between the two professions to provide you with the outcome needed from the basics such as sit and down through to established behavioural issues including aggression and separation anxiety.

Chris Loverseed – Head Dog Trainer

I have a balanced approach when it comes to working with dogs. As long as I can remember, I could be found with a dog and lead in hand. I have had a lifelong interest in the way dogs act, and have constantly wanted to bring the best out of every pet.

Although knowing and understanding theory is needed and has given me a great edge, there is no replacement for hands on learning and making mistakes which you can admit to and grow from.

Chris Loverseed - Dog Trainer

Dog Obedience Training Melbourne

Every year thousands of dog owners young and old are faced with the headache of helping their pet adapt to their daily lifestyle. Though there are hundreds of different methods that are used to assist your pet in finding his or her place in your life, you cannot be expected to take on this challenge alone.

I have been fortunate in working with and learning from many industry leaders whom gained greater knowledge. I have also formed many great working relationships with Vets, Breeders, pet shops and other great dog trainers in Melbourne and around the world.

I have received comprehensive education in canine behaviour and training and regularly attend industry seminars to further develop my understanding of K9 behaviour.

I hold a nationally recognised dog behaviour and training qualification from the National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF Dog Training and Behaviour Certification Course) and have completed additional units in the following specialised areas of training:

Assistance Dogs Training

Substance Detection Training

Complex Skills and Tricks

Class Instruction

Birte

How did you get started with dog training?
I grew up in a small village in Germany and my neighbor used to train police dogs. He was still very dedicated to train his own dog when he retired. I was fascinated watching him and his dog Arko. He gave me some tips and tricks how to train my first dog Eddy.

What have you done professionally and personally with dogs?
Both paid and voluntarily. I have trained my dogs at obedience classes in Germany and Australia, work part time as an Animal Attendant at a doggy day care center and do volunteer work as an Animal Behaviour Trainer at the RSPCA.

What dog training education have you undertaken? Also what seminars have you attended?
– NDTF Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training (NDTF – National Dog Trainers Federation)
– Currently studying Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services (Delta Society)
– Training With Clarity Seminar (The K9 Company)
– First Aid for dogs (Doggy and Moggy)
– First Aid for Humans (St John Ambulance Australia)
– Online Seminar ‘Animal Behaviour and Welfare’ (University of Edinburgh)

What aspects of dog training and behaviour do you have particular interest in?
I have a special interest in supporting rescue dogs. They can be a little bit more challenging than getting a puppy but they all deserve a second chance. And there are also some really interesting dog sports like Agility, Tracking and Endurance.

What do you enjoy most about working with dogs?
That I am one of the lucky ones getting paid for my hobby 🙂

Tell us a bit about your own dogs?
I have adopted my first dog Ellie (3 years, on picture left + front) from the RSPCA Peninsula in March 2013. She is a crazy Kelpie x Staffy and loves to offer behaviours, that’s why it is so much fun to teach her tricks. Her hobbies are rolling in dog poo and sleeping.

My second dog Joey (3 years, picture right and back) became part of our family in July 2013. We have adopted him from the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough. I think he is a little bit of everything (but was ‘advertised’ as a Kelpie x). He was actually the reason why I decided to do the NDTF course as he had some issues I had to work on and I wanted to do it right from the beginning. Now he is a really happy boy that loves nothing more than his ball and some big cuddles!

What are your best two pieces of advice you can give to dog owners?
– Be fair to your dog, ‘yes’ is so much more important than ‘no’.
– Make sure that you and your furry friend are always enjoying training. Keep it fun and interesting for you and your dog and never train your dog when you are stressed or in a bad mood.

Jo

How did you get started with dog training?
Growing up I would watch a famous English dog trainer, Barbara Woodhouse on the TV – from then on I was hooked!

What have you done professionally and personally with dogs?
Both paid and voluntarily – I’ve attended traditional dog obedience classes with my own dogs since the age of 15 and have always been facinated with the species. My dog Peppa and I enjoyed being members of the Dog Agility Club of Victoria for a while and over the last 5 years I have volunteered as a dog walker at Pets Haven in Woodend and Animal Aid, Coldstream.

What dog training education have you undertaken? Also what seminars have you attended?
– Amichien Bonding Foundation course & NDTF Cert III Dog Training & Behaviour
– Training With Clarity Seminar (The K9 Company)
– Dog Behaviour Seminar; Animal Aid, Coldstream

What aspects of dog training and behaviour do you have particular interest in?
I am interested in all aspects of dog behaviour and particularly love any form of training/activity which involves dogs using their natural senses, instincts and abilities, such as scent detection and agility.

What do you enjoy most about working with dogs?
Hard question… everything!

Tell us a bit about your own dogs?
Peppa – 8 year old Border Collie x Kelpie. I adopted peppa from Pets Haven animal shelter, Woodend when she was approx 7 months old. Peppa is VERY ball motivated and loves doing aglilty, and swimming in the creek.
Woody – 7 year old Labrador X, adopted 2 years ago from Forever Friends rescue. Woody loves anything which means he gets to be the centre of attention, playing with Peppa and riding his skateboard!

What are your best two pieces of advice you can give to dog owners?
– Be calm, clear and consistent when communicating with your dog – and remember often words are not necessary – dogs mainly read your energy and body language.
– Do not under estimate the benefits of keeping your dog mentally stimulated.
– Exercise is great but dogs brains need a work out too!

Sandy

1. How did you get started with dog training?

I’ve always grown up with dogs and trained the family dog. I didn’t get serious about it until I adopted siblings from the pound and knew I would have my work cut out for me!

2. What  have you done professionally and personally with dogs?
I have instructed obedience classes locally, however most of my experience comes from being the Foster Care Coordinator for Australian Working Dog Rescue, and helping my foster carers with any issues their dogs may have once they arrive in care. I have also attended training classes personally with my dogs.

3. What dog training education have you undertaken? Also what seminars have you attended?
Completed the NDTF Cert III in Dog Behaviour and Training
K9 Noseworks Seminar – Chews
Foster Carer Seminar – Trish Harris
Lets Play Tricks 3 day workshop – Julija Kinghorn & Amanda Murcott
4.What aspects of dog training and behaviour do you have particular interest in?
Rescue dogs are my soft spot, I really enjoy the opportunity to be able to rehabilitate a dog that we really have very little background on. I’m interested in all aspects as it is a full package that moulds to each dog.
5. What do you enjoy most about working with dogs? 
What’s not to like? I’m one of the lucky one’s that gets to work with these amazing animals.
6. Tell us a bit about your own dogs- Age, breed, what you enjoy doing with them etc? What they most enjoy…
I have 3 dogs – Sammy & Buca, they are my rescue babies and were saved from Mildura pound at 4 weeks of age Christmas 2011, they will be 5 this October. They are Border Collie x Kelpie x Lab. These guys are super fun, I love playing frisbee with them both, I like to call Buca my obedience dog and Sammy my tricks dog. These 2 love nothing more than a game of chasey in the yard!
My third dog is 6.5 and a wolfhound x called Ollie, Ollie is totally obsessed with his ball. So we have plenty of ball time with him!!!!

7. What are your best two pieces of advice you can give to dog owners?

Your dog is continual work in process right through from the day you get them until they leave us!

Mental stimulation is key it will keep your dog out of trouble.

Ebony

1. How did you get started with dog training?

When I was growing up I was surrounded by dogs my entire childhood, we had Rottweilers, a Border Collie, Papillion and a Maremma. I always loved dogs but it wasn’t until I moved out of home and got my first dog on my own, Bailey a whippet, that I developed a passion for dog training. I was committed totraining and brought him to PK9 almost every week for 2 years. At the start of 2016 I was offered an assistant role after gaining a lifetime membership with Bailey. I haven’t looked back since and can’t wait to begin a career as a dog trainer!

2. What have you done professionally and personally with dogs?

I worked at a doggy daycare centre casually for 2 years whilst studying at university. This involved handling up to 25 dogs at any one time, all of different breeds, sizes and temperaments. This really helped me develop my understanding of dog behaviour. During this time I also did quite a bit of causal dog walking.

I trained Bailey from a puppy until 3 years of age at PK9 which has given us the obedience skills to compete in rally obedience. We’re currently half way there to gaining our Rally Excellent title. I have also done some agility and flyball training with him, once we had a strong foundation in obedience. He is almost ready to start competing in flyball after a few more months of training. My 6 month old Rottweiler puppy Sage, is in the process of being trained for ANKC competition obedience and tracking.

3. What dog training education have you undertaken? What seminars have you attended?

As an assistant with PK9 I have been taught by Chris and the other trainers here. I have recently enrolled with the NDTF, to start in October, with the aim of achieving a qualification as a nationally recognised dog trainer.

4. What aspects of dog training and behaviour do you have particular interest in? 

I love obedience more than any other discipline (although tracking is working its way up there), but I particularly love precision and competition obedience, despite being quite new to it with a lot to learn. Training and competing with your dog develops your relationship and bond together; you develop a strong team mentality.

5. What do you enjoy most about working with dogs?

I love that they know more about you than you do. They pick up on your behaviour and movements that you don’t even realise you’re doing. Often if something isn’t working out, it’s because you’re doing something you’re not aware of. Dogs teach you to be self-aware, to have patience and compassion.

6. Tell us a bit about your own dogs- Age, breed, what you enjoy doing with them etc? What they most enjoy.

As I mentioned earlier, Bailey is my 3 year old whippet. Despite being a pro at zoomies he truly is a calm, chilled out couch potato. He doesn’t wake up til 1pm, he doesn’t really like food at all, he likes swimming at the doggy pool, always gets the squeaker out of the toys and adds them to his ‘secret’ stash in his crate. He always wants cuddles, is quite sensitive and always gets mistaken for a female Italian greyhound!

Sage is a 6 month old Rottweiler puppy. She is the exact opposite of Bailey! Full of beans every hour of the day, always ready to go and do something. She is a really sweet girl, loves all people and insists on letting them know this through big kisses. She has to be touching you as much as possible and is very affectionate. She absolutely loves her food (I love it)! She also loves her obedience and tracking training (as there is food involved). Sage was raised by her breeder using the puppy culture system. As result she is resilient and a true enrichment seeker.

7. What are your best two pieces of advice you can give to dog owners?

Always be aware of what your dog is feeling! This means do your best to learn about dog behaviour and body language. Your relationship and your training will dramatically improve if you are aware of what your dog’s behaviour is telling you.

Be clear and consistent! I am always telling clients this! Your training won’t progress if you don’t and you’re dog won’t know what is expected of him. Eg. rather than saying “Fido can you please sit for mummy”, just say “Fido sit”. We chatter to our dogs too much and this confuses them, and also enables them to check out as half the words you’re saying don’t mean anything to them.

Secondly, be consistent. If you ask for a behaviour and you’re sure you were clear, you must follow through with it! This creates reliability!

Libby

1. How did you get started with dog training?

I loved having pet dogs as I grew up. I have always been curious about dogs’ behaviour and couldn’t understand how some dog owners weren’t as interested. After spending time looking after other people’s dogs I realised how much I missed having my own. I adopted two together and was keen to learn more as they needed some “behaviour modification” but responded so differently to the same training approach. This fuelled my interest further…

2. What have you done professionally and personally with dogs?

  • Provide Pet Education for People (primary schools, teens, adults)
  • Pet Therapy – provide pet therapy for aged care residents, assist in assessing people and their dogs for entry into the pet therapy program
  • Group training and behaviour consultations
  • Agility
  • Sheep herding

3. What dog training education have you undertaken? What seminars have you attended?

  • NDTF including Complex Assistance Skills, Substance Detection
  • Pet First Aid Training
  • Steve Austin – foundations of teaching, motivation, communication and errorless learning
  • Dr Gabrielle Carter – Dominance & Aggression
  • Megan Bell – agility workshops
  • Rally O workshop

4. What aspects of dog training and behaviour do you have particular interest in? 

My interest lays in teaching people to understand their dogs and get the most enjoyment from having dogs in their family & helping people to make their dogs happy.

5. What do you enjoy most about working with dogs?

I love seeing the joy that people get from having a good relationship with their dogs. I also love how people and dogs work together across so many different fields (assistance dogs, environmental protection, substance detection etc).

6. Tell us a bit about your own dogs- Age, breed, what you enjoy doing with them etc? What they most enjoy.

In some ways my dogs Pip and Pud are so different from each other. Pip, a 7 (going on 2) year old Border Collie X loves playing soccer & AFL, swimming in the ocean, agility and (thankfully) quiet time in the evening.

Pud (who despite her name is actually lean), is a 9 year old Labrador X who loves to run in the park and on the agility course, and also loves her job as a Pet Therapy dog for aged care residents.

Pip and Pud both work with me in providing Pet Education for People.

7. What are your best two pieces of advice you can give to dog owners?

A. “Start with your end goal in mind” (a famous Steven Covey line) ie be consistent and don’t’ let your puppy or dog do things that you don’t want it doing in 6 months’ time.

B. Enjoy your relationship with your dog. They deserve their title “best friend”

Nicki

1. How did you get started with dog training?
I got started training with my German Shepard puppy Bella at Vets on Parker in 2013 and Chris was the trainer.
2. What have you done professionally and personally with dogs?
All my training and involvement with dogs has been done with Positive K9 Training, I first started training with my GSD Bella and my interest grew from there.
4.What aspects of dog training and behaviour do you have particular interest in? 
I am most interested in obedience.  I prefer a dog that is well behaved, rather than one that does tricks.
5. What do you enjoy most about working with dogs?
I love “problem children” & watching them & their owners “getting it”!
6. Tell us a bit about your own dogs- Age, breed, what you enjoy doing with them etc? 
 Bella is an almost 4yo GSD, she is my baby girl.  I love just spending time with her either at home or out & about. She is so smart & easily trained. She has a wonderful personality & makes me laugh every single day!  Yes she loves to run around at the park chasing balls, going for walks or just snuggling on the couch/bed.
7. What are your best two pieces of advice you can give to dog owners?

a) Breathe/Relax.  It took me a long time to understand that.  The dog doesn’t always know what you want.  Don’t get frustrated.  If you do, STOP TRAINING & RELAX.  Dogs feel the tension.

b) Be Consistent…..you can’t correct sometimes & not others. eg  Don’t give him/her an old shoe to chew on & not expect them to chew up you $200 Nikes.  They don’t know what is expensive & what isn’t.  Give them their own dog toys.