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BEYOND TREATS OR TOOLS
(CANINE COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY)

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Tony Nila Canine Behaviorist

Tony Nila Canine Behaviorist

Tony Nila Canine Behaviorist
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Book a session with Tony Nila! #dogtraining #puppytraining #dogbehaviorist #dogtrainingtips

Book a session with Tony Nila! #dogtraining #puppytraining #dogbehaviorist #dogtrainingtips

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Global Pioneers In Canine Cognitive Behavioral Therapy!

The definition of an Autonomous Canine is a dog's ability to regulate and control its own behaviors, emotions, and reactions without constant external guidance or intervention from its owner or trainer. This concept emphasizes the dog's innate ability to understand and manage its own actions, making choices that are beneficial to both itself and its environment. In a training context, our program prioritizes methods that empower the dog to make correct decisions on its own, rather than relying solely on commands or cues from a human. This approach fosters a deeper understanding and internalization of desired behaviors, leading to a more harmonious relationship between the dog and its owner.

 

Our Canine Cognitive Behavior Therapy is  designed to nurture dogs that are able to make proper independent decisions, enhancing their confidence, problem-solving skills, and ability to navigate certain environments without direct human guidance or training.

 

Our program puts an emphasis on the dog's cognitive ability to make proper independent decisions without management training or tools such as treats or training collars.

 

We distinguish ourselves with a unique approach rooted in evolutionary psychology nurturing innate behaviors and latent learning. Our methods do not rely on operant conditioning like positive reinforcement or training tools, often used by conventional trainers. Instead, we base our methods on nurturing innate genetic behaviors.

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The application of these concepts differentiates us from trainers who primarily use operant conditioning techniques, which requires constant practice and reinforcement in order to maintain a dogs training.

 

OUR PROGRAM DOES NOT REQUIRE MAINTENANCE TRAINING!

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We Offer A Puppy Raising Program! 

Cognitive learning occurs when learning happens not because of direct rewards but due to motivational circumstances. This kind of learning is evident in various scenarios, such as figuring out how to unlock a gate, learning to resist chasing squirrels, and notably, in an instance where a dog, finding its owner unconscious on a nature trail, cleverly took his shoe to seek help from others. This led them to discover the owner, thereby saving his life. This demonstrates the dog's innate ability to devise a solution in an unprecedented situation, showing they can observe and learn from their surroundings similarly to children, often without direct teaching.

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This learning approach contrasts with traditional training, as seen in the example of a "hobo dog" that naturally knows how to behave in public and ignore other dogs in its owner's presence without being formally trained. This dog embodies the wisdom of an experienced soul, much like "The Littlest Hobo," highlighting the difference between nurturing understanding and enforcing obedience.

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Traditional dog training often aims to control and suppress behaviors, which can inhibit a dog's natural learning processes by restricting their opportunities to independently make and learn from mistakes. This over control is usually motivated by a fear of potential dangers, necessitating ongoing, rigorous training to prevent regression. Without continuous reinforcement, dogs may revert to a more juvenile state, making elementary errors due to a lack of self-initiated learning experiences, having been overly guided by obedience commands.

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The goal should be more about nurturing than strictly training a dog. This is illustrated by the analogy of a mother duck, who, instead of rushing to assist her duckling that ended up on the wrong side of a fence, stays nearby, signaling safety and patiently waiting for the duckling to figure out how to rejoin the group. This teaches the duckling to pay closer attention and avoid dangerous distractions in the future.

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Achieving off-leash reliability without traditional training involves engaging in interactive games like hide and seek or chase, where the dog is encouraged to follow, fostering a natural learning process. This method promotes a bond and understanding that traditional training methods, which rely on commands and reinforcements, cannot replicate.

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In raising a puppy, the aim is to integrate learning into daily interactions and tasks, similar to the training of service dogs, to instill a sense of purpose and value. This approach encourages behaviors that are not only beneficial but also deeply appreciated and ingrained through mutual cooperation and daily life experiences, ensuring the dog feels helpful and valued. This holistic approach to raising a dog fosters a symbiotic relationship through daily interactions and chores, mirroring the beneficial and appreciated roles of service dogs, thereby nurturing a sense of usefulness and appreciation in the dog.

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