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Humane Training Model

The following is the training protocol recommended by Good Dog Academy Inc.

  1. Identify goals and desired behaviours.
  2. Develop a realistic plan using positive reinforcement techniques.
  3. Observe and record successes and failures.
  4. If goals and desired behaviours are not being reached, identify and record reasons why the dog may not be progressing.
  5. Focus on altering the plan based on observation.
  6. Depending on identified issues, create a new plan of action using positive reinforcement techniques.
  7. Observe and record successes and failures.
  8. If goals and desired behaviours are not being reached, get a second opinion from a qualified Behaviour Technologist or experienced peer.
  9. Using the recommendation from the Behaviour Technologist or experienced peer, create a new plan of action.
  10. Observe and record successes and failures.
  11. If goals and desired behaviours are still not being reached, consult a qualified veterinarian to rule out medical issues or discuss mood modification medication.
  12. If dog presents a safety risk to the general public, then consider using aversive procedures. Weigh the risks against the benefits.  Work with an experienced peer until you have enough knowledge and skill yourself to assess the risk and how to proceed.
  13. If no other options remain, consider discussing euthanasia with a qualified veterinarian.