Sheila Gunston IP-CBC, FPPE       
Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Certified (licensed) Family Paws Parent Educator and board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance proudly serving Red Deer, Ponoka County and area!                                                                    

Specializing in Complex Behavior and always working within the Laws of Learning Theory, using Force Free, Positive Reinforcement methods and the Bond Based Approach.  I am a proud board member of the Alberta Force Free Alliance (AFFA), working towards positive change in the dog world.

Hello Friends!  Welcome to Hudson's Hounds!  


If you are looking for group classes, please click on "events/classes" to the left of this page.  If you are looking to book a private session, please click "contact us" to fill out a quick questionnaire which will help me to assist you more efficiently.  If you are looking for private session or group class rates, please click on "services".

For recommended trainers, dog walkers, daycare, boarding, grooming, etc throughout Alberta, please visit https://www.albertaforcefreealliance.com/business-directory  for a thorough list of approved force free, educated professionals.

Please remember that YOU are your dog's voice - do your research on any professional that you may be looking to hire.  The dog world is unregulated, which means that literally anyone can create a business, but they most certainly are not qualified to help you.

Please ask your trainer these 3 simple questions - if they do not give you an answer that makes you feel comfortable, please look elsewhere!

  1. What will happen to my dog if he gets it wrong?
  2. What will happen to my dog if he gets it right?
  3. Are there any less invasive alternatives to what you propose?

 

WHY I CHOOSE FORCE FREE

Are you currently using a choke, prong or shock (ecollar/stim) collar to try to reduce difficult behaviors?  These tools can actually create more harm than good - when pain or uncomfortable sensations are paired with certain stimulus, that stimulus can become a predictor for pain.  For example, your dog pulls toward another dog on a walk and you make a correction with one of the above collars to make him stop.  Your dog will quickly begin to associate pain with other dogs - this is one of the ways that we accidentally create leash reactivity and aggression! 

With that said, I have decided to help my wonderful clients to try a force free approach by offering a 10%  discount on my services if you turn your choke, prong or ecollar in to me!  Book a private session OR group class and I will be happy to give you your discount and help you to learn how to teach your dog with zero force or intimidation. Let's help our dogs to WANT to learn with us, not do as we say because they are simply avoiding a painful correction.

Have a look around and if you have any questions at all, please see the contact us form.

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