Hi, I’m Simone
Dog trainer, behavior consultant, team builder for you and your dog. And I love modern Predation Substitute Training!
a safe outlet for predatory energy without the chasing, dashing, and worrying
My training methods are easy to implement into your everyday life, making them an efficient way to bring your dog’s chasing behaviours “to heel”. I’m confident that they will give your dog, as they did for Malinka and my clients’ dogs, a safe outlet for predatory energy without the chasing, dashing, and worrying. The guidance is free from coercion and punishment, and instead uses fun games that correct unwanted behaviours while actually improving your relationship with your dog.
Playing Predation Substitute Games stopped Malinka from running off and searching for wildlife to chase. She focused on me during our walks, always eagerly waiting for me to call her to play her beloved Predation Substitute Games.
I’m proud to be an Associate Trainer at the Scotland-based Lothlorien Dog Training Club (AT-LDTC) and a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) and the Initiative for force-free dog training.
What is Predation Substitute Training?
The term “Predation Substitute Training” (PST) has a double meaning. It implies that, through playing Predation Substitute Games with your dog, you’ll be able to redirect predatory urges into a harmless owner-centric game, ensuring that predatory energy is released in a safe and controlled way.
The real game-changer, however, is in the deeper meaning of the term. Predation Substitute Training equips you with Predation Substitute Tools. Instead of interrupting your dog’s predatory behaviour and ending the fun, you train your dog to perform a safe part to the predatory sequence instead of an unsafe part. E.g. instead of letting him chase, you let him stalk wildlife. This will still let him do what he wants to do. In short, hunt!
I have been successfully using this protocol for several years now. For example with Nanook, my 10-year-old Australian Shepherd, who used to be a big chaser. Through PST, he has become a passionate visual stalker. Rather than physically taking chase, he’s now able to happily sit down and visually follow a running deer in the field while staying by my side.
While it’s worked out very well for my own dogs and my clients’ dogs, I want to stress something important before you start: Predation Substitute Training is not a quick fix that will stop your dog from chasing. Like most proven dog training techniques, it’s work and will require a lot of effort to put into your everyday walks to introduce and reinforce concepts. That being said, the positive outcomes that grow from this fair, motivation-centred and need-oriented training are amazing. Once PST has been successfully implemented, your dog will be more controllable in the presence of wildlife. They will be more likely to react to your recall, sharing the joy of performing safe parts of the predatory sequence with you.
Make no mistake about it: predation is pure happiness for our dogs! Imagine using that feeling of pleasure, fulfilment and motivation that our dogs find in predation to enforce useful training and deepen your bond with your dog. I t’s not only possible, it’s a smart move!
In my training programs, you’ll find all of the training techniques and tools that you’ll need to successfully harness your dog’s predatory instincts – all without using intimidation, pain or fear:
- You will understand what predation is and why your dog loves hunting so much.
- You will have Predation Substitute Tools at hand to functionally reinforce your dog, allowing them to stop and control themselves instead of chasing aftergame.
- You will be equipped with several need-oriented Predation Substitute Games to create a safe outlet for your dog’s predatory energy.
- And you will be provided with a safety net to interrupt unwanted predatory chasing with an emergency cue. All I ask from you is that you keep an open mind while learning this motivation-centred, science-based approach, and (of course) that you have fun with your dog.
“It’s a game changer. It totally changed my relationship with my dog and how I see him.“