STOP AGGRESSION | BOARD & TRAIN WITH Canine Performance | Q&A | Dog Training

Hey! How are you? Good, how are you doing? Good! Let me just adjust my camera and volume and everything. Okay, cool. Can you guys can you hear me okay? yes, we hear you, we can see you Awesome. Cool well, I am excited for this! How are you doing today? All good! We had a nice workout this morning and now i’m just looking forward to this. Very nice! Awesome, I am here in Sugarland, Texas and i’m originally from North Idaho and so I moved from the west coast to the east coast and I was just like not prepared for North Carolina humidity but let me tell you Texas humidity is just another beast all on its own! I’m just not prepared for this at all in the least bit Yeah, it’s a lot! So, I obviously found you off youtube. I love your training videos and they’ve been so helpful. For people that don’t know you, can you just tell a little bit about yourself and canine performance? Yes, absolutely You’ll have to forgive me if i keep on glancing over my shoulder everyone who is in here i have my board and trains out at the current moment and so i have them just practicing some calm training and so i’m trying to keep them accountable as well so anyway a little bit about me so i’ve been a dog trainer for about three years now maybe a little bit over three years and i became a dog trainer because i think a typical dog trainer story where i had a dog that was i don’t want to say terrible but we’ll use the word naughty he was just not behaved so i i have a siberian husky and then a german shepherd husky mix for those of you guys that don’t know me um and uh aurora had some reactivity she had been attacked several times in the past due to unleashed greetings and everything like that atlas being a german shepherd husky and he is not from a reputable breeder we picked him up from like some lady in the woods of west virginia and so he had a lot of behavioral issues due to his genetic predispositions lack of structure boundaries rules accountability all that jazz um so anyway uh they couldn’t walk on a leash very reactive and um they actually um got loose uh because they’re pulling everywhere aurora ran off but then she came back atlas however never came back he was lost in the woods um overnight um and so from that we were like holy crap we need to get our dogs trained um so i actually didn’t train my own personal dogs at first it was a friend that matt who is my partner um significant other and business partner um he uh trained our dogs and then just learning more about that i really got a really keen interest into dog training um and yeah i was working in the corporate world but it was always like this like dream of mine to be able to stop the uh nine to five or where i worked uh eight to six hustle uh and uh be able to just kind of be my own boss and uh work with dogs it was something that i just seemed to have a knack for so uh we started canine performance a year ago well a little over a year ago it was july um and so yeah just you know we started our own thing and we’re really passionate primarily about education yes training dogs is fun but where our strengths truly lie is creating content uh for educate education or what matt said the other day it was like edu attainment that was it edutainment purposes so uh yeah that’s a little bit about me i’m not sure if that was exactly what you were looking for but that’s uh that’s what i got that was perfect i mean i so respect you and that and i think that’s so cool and i love what you guys are doing so bravo to you guys well thank you very much and yeah i um i can’t remember how i had actually found your account maybe it was actually because you had like some of our videos or like something like that but i was like looking at all of your stuff i was like oh she is so awesome like she is filling a a part of the industry that i don’t particularly enjoy doing so i think that as as trainers we we all kind of um and are you a do you primarily work with just like your own dog have you worked with dogs in the past like tell me a little bit on on your story of like how you got in into this space yeah so um well we got ryka in april and we have wanted well dave especially has wanted a belgian shepherd for belgian malinois for years but our work life’s like we knew that we had to be able to dedicate so much time to mental and physical stimulation and we realized like okay it’s it’s not the right time it’s not the right time but then when covet hit we’re like we’re home this is the perfect time yeah in april and we were really like you know structure like

we studied all youtube and like you know we talked to a male trainer behaviorist and you know we really do our best um but it’s overwhelming both of us are first-time malinois owners and the dog the breed is just so different from any other breed so um kind of in it we kind of just got here then i started the instagram account and we had so many messages from people saying you know like our dog’s going crazy with the biting and you know that is such a common question yeah yeah just trying to help where we can well that is awesome so you’re just kind of like sharing your journey as you go along what works what doesn’t work and you know just kind of also educating people as well i love the style of the way that you do your videos i thought that that was just like super awesome and i think that’s very beneficial to people so i think that that is super great uh one moment down good no down good girl yeah thank you so much so don’t hype us up too much because we want to make this about the the owners that are following because they sent in so many questions for you um one being well first off are so what are the benefits of board and training yeah definitely okay so this is actually something that i have become a lot more solidified in my truth of the products and services that i am offering to my clients and potential clients um and i have made the decision especially kovid made this super easy i was already sort of feeling it i had offered uh typical dog training packages is usually like private lessons group classes and board and train is typically a lot of it and once cobid hit it was a responsible thing for me to stop doing private lessons obviously with social distancing and everything like that but um as you know even when i was doing private lessons what i realized was that it was kind of a disservice to uh owners truly because in an hour typically an hour-long session i had to educate the owners and then the owners had to take that information and knowledge and then apply it to a living breathing creature and you know try and you know have the same cadence and nuances and understanding and timing and motivators that me as a trainer has um and so um i’ve made the decision to go just with board and train so the benefit of doing a board and train is that it removes the dog out of the environment and you know a dog’s behavior is really a product of the environment that they are in uh most of the time it is a lack of boundary structure rules accountability and also if you’re um what i have found is that a lot of the times owners themselves are a part of the problem they are a conditioned reinforcer of some sort uh for things like reactivity or aggression or resource guarding or anxiety and a lot of these different things so removing the dog from that environment in their home placing it into a new environment that has a lot of structure boundaries rules accountability a lot of clarity and just really meeting the needs of the dog um in an enviro in a really good structured healthy environment um but then also just fulfilling the dog in ways that they really need having proper play having enrichment all these different things that i can provide to the dog to not just you know have them perform you know obedience command physically but then also like really help them in in a mental state of mind i almost kind of feel like a a dog therapist at some point i’m really helping with those uh mental health needs that so many dogs need and so that’s really the uh just the the huge benefit of having a board and train that your dog is like with a professional especially if you do a board and train like for me i don’t have a big facility i did have a facility at some point and we actually scaled it back to just being me at the home and only taking on you know two to four dogs at any given point in time depending on on the issues that we’re working on so how would they get that really one-on-one time um and it’s not like a huge facility where there’s i got my reps in at a big facility and there was like 40 other dogs and it was like so stressful and there was barking all the time and unintentional fights happening and everything and i was like ah that’s not really the dream that i have for my business so um yeah hopefully that that answers the question a little bit yeah definitely so is the board and train program two weeks um it really depends on what it is that the owners are looking for so we have um a one two or three week board and train um just depending on the needs of the dog and we have essentially um explain it to uh people that are interested in our services uh of you can trade your your time

for money or money for time so if you do a one week i there’s only so much that you can really teach a dog in that amount of time you can’t force a lot you know you know to have them have this like really sharp obedience and work on all these things so it’s mostly like loose leash walking and calm training so i have duration climb or for those of you out there place um if you use that and then removing some problem behaviors the two weeks is you know if you want your sits day your downstairs short distance recall loosely walking calm training removing problem behaviors and then three weeks is more for behavior modification and also if you want to start going towards like off leash obedience um so it really just depends on what the owner is kind of looking for and how much of a time investment or money investment that they want to make i like that it’s very customized approach yeah definitely so what happens after the dog finishes the board and train and then goes back to the home because i feel like that might be a problem the owner’s not kind of enabling that bad behavior that got the dog into boarding train yeah for sure and um you know that’s the part that i think that has made our board and train program very successful is that because i am i’m very into education like that is my shtick like i want to educate people um in a way that is easily digestible but then also easy to follow through on a long term basis and so you know having the turnover session i usually have about 45 minutes to an hour that i i sit down i have a white board and i educate the owner on everything timing motivation consistency clear communication relationship everything about the e-collar everything about the prong collar self-reinforcing behaviors how dogs learn like operand versus classical conditioning like all those different things i set the owner down and i gave i give them like the the brass tacks of it all and should they want to learn even more and on a deeper level i have all that education that i can provide to them and then from there we do hands-on work so we take a huge walk that way the owners know of just like hey when you encounter these different uh you know things in the environment here’s how you troubleshoot it and you know here’s how to take your equipment on and off here’s how you practice all of your different commands that we worked on and then um when the dog is first dropped off to me um i put all the problems up on the white board and like they’re three big things and then we troubleshoot like hey your dog has reactivity to guests so when you go home here here’s the thing that you need to do we’re going to practice this hands-on right now um and then all of my clients get free um lifetime access to my online training platform they go home with a huge um go home packet that’s about 30 pages long that has all of the things that we talked about at the go home session so they can always refer back to that and then of course everything uh is in my online training platform as well um that they want to learn so um it’s it’s pretty robust it’s kind of overwhelming but i make sure that when my clients leave they feel very very confident that they can go home and live the best life possible with their dog which is kind of like our our our mantra that we have well that’s great it’s not like all right stay with me good luck guys yeah definitely and when i when i worked with um uh at a you know big facility before it did kind of seem that way of just like here’s an hour of time and like here’s your e-collar and then and then it kind of just like stopped there and for me i realized like um it’s really hard to stay dedicated to a process when you don’t understand why you are doing the things that you do i find that extremely important to me and i know it’s not super important to a lot of people but that’s where being my own business owner i can pick and choose my clients if i can sense that this client doesn’t want to know the whys they’re just like my dog does these things fix it and i’m just like here’s my online training platform like thank you for the interest but i don’t think that you’re a really great fit if someone comes to me it was like hey like my dog’s having all these problems i know that i need to change my lifestyle i would really love to learn more and i start to educate them and they start asking questions and i’m like okay yes you you are the client for me i think that we will be a good fit um together so yeah awesome so um this is a question from tina and it’s actually a good transition because the majority of our followers um actually train themselves and don’t get bored and trained so tina’s asking is there anything you would recommend to avoid teaching yourself as a dog owner and definitely refer to a pro for advice yes anything that has to do with behavioral

modification i do strongly recommend that people do not try and handle that so severe resource guarding um aggression and you know really severe reactivity there are some levels to reactivity i think that you can handle on your own um but really having an understanding of those different things especially because the way that i help troubleshoot a lot of those different issues that the that the owner and the dog have is utilizing tools such as prong collars and e-collars and you can really exacerbate those problems and make them excessively worse if you do not have an understanding of why the behavior is manifesting itself in the dog but then also how to use those tools so um i a lot of people ask in in um on instagram dms or in email or anything like that of like hey what e-collar do you recommend and i’m actually very hesitant to really say what brand because i think that you can do that at home but it requires a a deep level of understanding of how to utilize those tools no down makes good girl um yeah so uh behavioral modification and then i think that you can use tools at home but you need to have an understanding of that and that’s what drove my passion for building my online training platform is because there was like this need that needed to be met in the industry of so many people do not have three thousand dollars to send their dog to a board and train or they don’t have anyone nearby that they trust um and or you know those different things are not readily available in the country that they live in um and so that’s what really drove my passion for building this online platform is that hey you can learn how to use these tools at home and it’s in an affordable way that um if you’re at home and you’re really struggling with your dog um yeah you’re gonna be able to use these these tools that are very very powerful if used awesome so i um did a little questionnaire and uh some people filled out questions so this is a question from reggie white mondo and cara dune and miss j how do you build puppy confidence with other people and other dogs that their dogs are barking at other people and other dogs yeah definitely um so for for me it’s a lot of engagement um but this is where like as a trainer i there are certain like strengths that i have and there are some other things that like i just don’t particularly enjoy doing and this always sounds really strange to people but like i honestly don’t do a lot of puppy training because that’s not really something that i particularly enjoy i kind of enjoy more of like either your uh really rambunctious dogs that are like a year to five years old like that’s where like i see a dog like that i’m like oh yeah awesome but anyway to answer the question um so a lot of engagement work with that so um you know if the dog is really fearful and insecure i want to give the dog something else to focus on instead of just being in their own head and really having this negative feedback loop of like oh my god oh my god oh my god all these different things are happening and they’re like really focusing on things in the environment and then reacting to those things in the environment so a lot of engagement and building a lot of motivation to interact with the handler with the owner so a lot of leash pressure work with just the slip lead a lot of food luring and a lot of motivation built in there um and making those sessions really really short getting the puppy up and over a lot of different things and finding a lot of enrichment in the environment um so remember probably like a year ago working like with this really really fearful puppy and one of the things that really helped the puppy the most was to go out and to have a park nearby my home and we did some engagement work and then luckily the dog was pretty food motivated but we did some enrichment work where we actually um threw some um high value treats into the grass and it was kind of like nature’s snuffle mat and it was something that the puppy was able to be out in the environment hear smell see all these different things that were happening um but then get that positive reinforcement from the environment have some enrichment have some play and all those different things so um there’s a lot of different ways that you can go about doing it but those are some of the the go-to things that i do as a trainer okay awesome um and then vikkar the belgian malinois asks when should you start introducing new tricks um if it comes to like i’m assuming people are talking about puppies um yeah i think so um and for for me i think that it’s uh one of those things that you should start working on a lot of those different things as soon as your puppy comes home i i think that training those different things it doesn’t have to be sharp and you shouldn’t have to expect like a lot of

duration or like reliability and commands from puppies and but i think that it creates a really strong bond because you have to learn how to communicate with your puppy and in order to teach things there’s there’s a level of relationship being built there um and so i i don’t think that you have to wait for just like uh 13 weeks but not 12 weeks and six days you know it’s it’s like one of those like i think that you should start working on those things like as soon as your puppy comes home um and you’re kind of working on a lot of different things all at once like crate training super important as soon as your prep becomes home great training because that goes into potty training um and then setting up just like good structure and boundaries but when it comes to your training times yeah start teaching those different tricks and everything like that um so hopefully that was uh answered the question awesome so i’m going to take this live question um how do we stop the play biting yeah so i have a a pretty long lesson in my online training platform in the puppy section about play biting um and again uh you know i think that this would actually be a really good question for you to actually answer because you have a you just went through all of this because you have a dog that is very very bitey um so i’ll give like my spiel and then i would love to hear what you would add to that or or perhaps even do differently based on your experience um but um one of the things that i go through is that sometimes people are no no please sorry one second guys good job hey guys sorry um the joys of training dogs while trying to multitask and do something else um so for for me i want to look at a couple of different things i don’t just want to go into of just like hey i see this behavior and i want to just like stop it right the dog is displaying those different um behaviors for a reason and so a lot of the time i would say that um puppy biting is that the the puppy is over tired they have been over stimulated throughout the day and they’re not much different than like a two-year-old that needs to be put down for a nap and they’re just really fussy but what two-year-old is gonna sit there and be like oh yes i’m really cranky i should go tuck myself into bed no they’re gonna throw a huge fit and puppies are very much the same way and so when it comes to to play biting and all these different things it could be that your puppy is actually way too over stimulated and they need to calm down um and so putting the puppy away for a while i’m making sure that mental stimulation needs are met and redirecting that behavior putting some space uh when your puppy starts to do that using negative punishment of just like hey i i see that you are trying to interact with me i know that you have gone potty i know that you have done you know some of these training things so your mental needs and your physical needs are met um and you’ve taken a nap you’re not thirsty you’re hungry all these things and then putting space in between you and your puppy i i really cannot emphasize enough that people should back tie their puppy oh so much more um in in that really early stages of the puppy’s life to help them work through that frustration that they want to play but it’s inappropriate so back tie your puppy create that space of like hey if you’re going to do that i’m going to remove myself from your presence once you calm down again then i will come back to you and the second that you start to do that i will try to redirect you with food or with a toy um but if not well then i’m just going to go away um and i’m very hesitant to want to start putting corrections onto a puppy too young because if i want to build up as much motivation and drive and i don’t want to like start capping them too early with like their their want and desire to interact with things in the world and they just don’t know any better so um hopefully that was a good answer i would love to hear some different tactics and techniques that you went through when it came to helping with uh the play biting yeah i mean we definitely use those techniques um definitely shutting down the play is the number one thing that we do because we’re constantly engaging with reika giving her exercise and just um keeping her keeping her busy and um i realized that her biggest the worst thing for her is uh being ignored and not getting that attention so like you said the um back time so basically just tying her up when she is on her place on her on her bed um we’ll tie her so that she has to stay there and you know she tries getting off because it’s a little bit longer so she can actually get off her place and then we’ll say place and she’ll

go on her place and then she’ll leave there and she’ll kind of work out her frustration you know get off the bed and go back and forth and then she’ll eventually plop down and she’ll she’ll get it so it’s definitely just a learning that that behavior isn’t acceptable um and then also teaching her the gentle command which has been awesome for us because she was so so bitey and like my hands were all cut up like it was just a nightmare so the big thing like in the beginning was teeth don’t touch flesh yeah like you like lick like this that is what we want be gentle be gentle so um yeah when she would bite you know it was just uh landy taught us this that they kind of yelp or um i’ll also just say um no bite bad girl no bite and i yeah stand up tall and let her know like that’s just not acceptable yeah for you know for as much positive reinforcement as we do we also do give that negative feedback to her because i find that she wants to please and she wants to do the right thing so giving her like basically telling her like no that’s bad she’s like yeah oh okay mom doesn’t want me to do that i won’t do that and like yeah sure she can be stubborn and like fight me on that but at least she knows like oh well yeah i shouldn’t be fighting like i should be looking and so yeah i think just teaching her good behavior and bad has been really really important and saying no that’s not what we want when she yeah and also just being really consistent with that too uh sometimes i find that people with like puppies it can they are they have a level of tenacity that is just it’s actually kind of admirable a lot of the time of just like how persistent a puppy will be in certain behaviors and especially with biting too like if a puppy is in a mood to bite puppy’s gonna find something to bite and so just being like hey no matter how many times that you present this behavior i’m always gonna tell you hey that’s not acceptable to do and either if that means putting you into your ex pen putting you into a into a crate putting you on place and back tying you there you know whatever it may be that you are just never going to be able to be reinforced in that behavior and then hopefully if you are consistent enough that behavior will be extinguished and then the puppy will just no longer want to do it so um yeah really good question to whoever whoever asked that um because i think that that’s like one of the the biggest problems when it comes to puppy ownership is their biting yes definitely um let’s see yeah okay timeouts have worked a term for us us too uh you should try again let’s see all right all right it’s 12 30 now i usually like to keep these for um just 30 minutes long whoever has a question ask away we only have natalie for a limited time so so comment so we can answer it can we work with you from australia yes um absolutely um i actually have uh cool a huge list of clients that i work with virtually um currently right now um i have been taking a break from virtual training sessions just because um everything has been super crazy so i will be opening back up my availability for international clients again in mid-september i just have to kind of like give myself just a little bit of a break but um yeah definitely for sure so um i have a link in my bio for virtual training sessions um and i will be turning those back on again and i’ll be announcing when i’m going to be opening up availability for um international clientele in about mid-september awesome okay so this is the question from diesel the mallee the kali and malamute building tub drive enough to use it as a reward funny you should say that um i can’t remember if you are a part of the online training platform but if you are i just um uh wrote up a new lesson um of how to start oh wait no i actually already published it of how to start building um enough play drive with your dog to start utilizing that as a reward so if you want to have like a really in-depth answer it’s a pretty long lesson go check that out in the platform but to give kind of just like a brief high-level overview um for one you need to restrict access free access to all of the different rewards value is directly related to scarcity and so if the toys are always out if you try to use that as a reward your dog’s like money grows on trees i don’t really care about it right so create that scarcity first to increase that value and then the other thing is that keep the session super super short um when um atlas used to have zero toy drive whatsoever um i would literally play with him

for like 30 seconds like that’s how long it was and from there i would slowly start to increase it but the biggest thing is that you need to um play a dead squirrel live squirrel with your dog squirrels do not jump into your dog’s mouth and that’s the number one mistake that i always see with people that want to build up toy drive with their dog is they’re like take it take it and they’re like shoving the toy at the dog and the dog’s like i don’t want this right um and so you want to move the toy quickly away from the dog almost mimicking like it is a live squirrel um and then when you want the um when you want the toy back for your turn to possess it then having the the toy go dead holding it still um as soon as the dog releases and then having the toy come back to life and and moving it quickly away from them almost like you’re actually playing with a cat like if you have like a a piece of string and you move it really quickly away from a cat that’s kind of what i think about whenever um i work with building up a toy toy drive um so yeah hopefully that’s why i’m using the tug yes yeah absolutely so hopefully that was helpful okay so i am going let’s end this session and also um can you tell everyone where they can follow follow you uh sign up for your online training course yeah yeah absolutely so um you guys can follow me um on youtube it’s uh just search natalie dopkins or k9 performance instagram obviously k-9 c-a-n-i-n-e underscore performance facebook also the same thing as well surprise um and then if you are at home and you are wanting to train your dog and you have done zero training at all um maybe you have done some level of training maybe you’ve done all training and you just want to start implementing the e-collar my online training platform is perfect because it takes you all the way from a knowing nothing at all all the way to z to have official control with your dog um so you can find that the link is in my bio we do have a free seven day uh trial so if you’re like i don’t know if your education style is gonna fit me or if this is something that i want to do with my dog then no harm no foul you do have a seven day free trial um to do that so you can find that link in my bio um but yeah this has been super awesome and thank you so much for you know setting this up and you know reaching out this has been super great to be able to just you know have a conversation with you and get to know you just a little bit more yes definitely well i love what you and matt are doing so keep up the awesome work keep the great videos coming we love it and i know that so many of our followers love it so thank you again awesome well same to you as well i know that you are definitely for sure helping so many people out there um especially because i think that the the rise of getting like malinois has been like on on the rise and so some of the problems that have been occurring i know that some of your videos like really address like that breed specific problems and so i’m just like yes someone is creating content for these people that are out there getting these breeds of dogs and aren’t really quite fully prepared for the for the scope of this sort of breed so um yeah i really commend you for uh all of your work that you are doing so definitely keep it up as well thank you so much okay talk to you soon and we’ll uh post this on our feed so yes absolutely awesome all right bye girlfriend bye bye guys