What we do
Better Dog Behaviour helps people reconnect with their dogs. After a thorough behaviour assessment, a modification program is then created to address your dogs specific needs. The sessions occur in-home, and may utilize your local area or dog parks – We find working in familiar surroundings is more successful than using training facilities with other dogs, which can create stress for dogs (and humans). We specialize in aggression, fear and anxiety based issues, as well as general problems like house training, lease pulling, recall etc. All behaviour modification follows science-based, force-free R+ methodology.
Ian Stewart has been helping dogs for over 30 years. His unique science-based approach quickly puts dogs (and humans) at ease – using knowledge and expertise, he will gently guide you through the process with no gimmicks or excuses, ensuring you understand what’s going on and are confident in the skills required to help your dog.
He is a member of IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), ABS (Animal Behavior Society), APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), CAPPDT (Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers), PPG (Pet Professional Guild), SFC (Shock Free Alliance), AFFA (Alberta Force Free Alliance)
Behaviour or Training?
There is often confusion surrounding the use of the terms ‘dog behaviour’ and ‘dog training’. Broadly speaking, behaviour deals with modification of specific sets of issues like Aggression, Fear/Anxiety, Coprophagia (eating feces) Pica (compulsive eating of non-food items, socks, toys etc.). While there is some overlap, a dog behaviourist has highly specialized qualifications, and skills to deal with the types of problems previously mentioned.
Dog training teaches specific actions or skills – come, sit , stay, etc. Dog trainers provide valuable training, ensuring you have control of your dog inside your home, on a walk, or at the dog park.
Here’s a simple analogy: If you want to lose weight, a fitness trainer will develop an exercise program like pushups, running etc. to help you reach your goal. However, this alone might not address underlying emotional problems a person might have around over-eating. In this case, a psychologist would be best suited to address those concerns. Much like a dog trainer versus a dog behaviourist.