K9 Kind offers a holistic education for companion dogs with a team of knowledgeable trainers. We offer various expertise specializing in reactivity, early puppyhood development, aggression, rescue dogs, herding breeds, service dog preparation, and companion dog training. Various training options include; group classes, private training options in our classroom, in-home, in real-life park settings in the Comox Valley, with decoy dogs for reactivity training, as well as virtual that you choose as you go.
The dog training industry is unregulated meaning anyone can call themselves a dog trainer regardless of their education, experience, or methods. It is a “buyer beware” system for dog owners seeking professional dog training and behaviour consulting which is why we are BCSPCA Animal Kind accredited. As Animal Kind accredited trainers, we adhere to the educational requirements and professional standards of dog training. Our trainers are certified and hold an Animal Kind approved dog trainer qualification and have been assessed for their competence to train dogs using positive reinforcement training.
Dog training methods are most effective when they teach your dog what to do, rather than punishing them for unwanted behaviours. Reward-based training leads to a dog that chooses to do what you want them to do instead of a dog that avoids doing the wrong thing to evade punishment or corrections. Punishment starts when knowledge is exhausted. A positive reinforcement approach to training fosters trust and builds positive human-animal relationships, as well as protects you and your dog from the trauma and behavioural problems that result from substandard dog training. We promote non-confrontational and humane solutions to living successfully with our canine companions.
Punishment relies on force and coercion to teach, and fear and intimidation to maintain. Positive reinforcement relies on teaching by association, and motivation to maintain. The difference between behaviour based on fear compared to behaviours based on motivation, is reliability.