CORRECTING HIGH DRIVE DOGS & OPERANT CONDITIONING Q&A with Pat Stuart, Operant Canine

Pat Stuart of Operant Canine has spent 12 years in the Australian Army Special Forces before plunging into the dog behavioral training world. He has been mentored by the world’s best dog trainers including Michael and Bart Bellon and is a certified NePoPo instructor. Having studied everything from hands-off force free training to old school compulsion, he has found the Ne-Po-Po (negative positive positive) system to be most effective. Today we discussed the importance of corrections, motivating our dogs, and covered a whole bunch of random questions on reactivity, dogs chasing cats, his favorite e collar and best practices, etc. Pat also helped with another Ryka issue 😅 that we are currently struggling with. ‘The Canine Paradigm’ is a weekly podcast dedicated to dog behaviorial training co-hosted by Pat. Pleasure to speak with you today, Pat! Keep you posted on the box feeding/dog meditation! ABOUT PAT STUART: My introduction to dog training was a baptism by fire when I brought an adult dog into my home that required way more skill to own and train than I had ever expected, and so began my obsession with dog training and behaviour. In 2015, I took the plunge and began training dogs full time after a more than 12-year career in Army Special Forces. I have been lucky enough to be mentored and coached by some of Australia and the world’s best dog trainers. Most notably Michael and Bart Bellon who I have been studying under for several years. I’ve studied everything from hands-off force free training to old school compulsion and have yet to find a better and more well thought out system than NePoPo®. Where behaviours come on command every time and with heart and soul. It’s a system that prepares the dog for the rigours of life and creates an active free thinking dog ready to engage with his environment. It also prepares a dog to receive a correction (which will inevitably come) without ever dropping in motivation. I am a certified NePoPo® instructor as well as an active competitor in PSA, a certified decoy and the PSA Assistant Regional Director for Australia. I’m quite good with dogs, but my greatest strength comes in educating people, and I have a passion for passing on my knowledge in a way people can go out and implement immediately. I co-host a podcast named The Canine Paradigm where I love to share my knowledge and interact with the broader dog training community. If you want to learn the NePoPo® system, privately or even host a seminar or workshop please get in touch. It’s always my great pleasure to teach it.

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