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Hi there, my name is Chris Edge and I specialize in training family dogs for busy people.
These are the words I hear from new puppy parents, rescuers bringing a new addition home, or anyone about to experience the magic of the human/canine relationship. A bond that is so remarkable, modern science is still hypothesizing its origins and potential.
Those are the words I hear from people who are struggling with behavioural challenges from their dog. The heart and love are most definitely there, but the path is clouded as they struggle to understand a living, breathing, psychologically complex species with its own unique personality.
To be honest, we can all find ourselves on either side of that equation at different points in our dog's lives. Every day with our canine companion represents a challenge to understand, adjust, and grow because even if we aren't training, our dogs are still learning
Convenience. Comfort. Results.
I provide private in-home training customized to you and your dog. We focus on exactly what you need help with and we train where unwanted behaviour actually happens...where you live!
Force Free Commitment - Member of Alberta Force Free Alliance
I have learned from the most respected animal trainers and behaviour experts in North America. I am one of the few Canadian representatives routinely found at the major North American dog training conferences. My methods are cutting edge, innovative, and based on industry leading programs. Force free, science based, and delicately supporting the human-animal bond.
A new relationship with your dog...
Book a session and we will make an immediate change in your dog's behaviour...large changes will take time...but I can guarantee instant steps forward that will inspire both you and your dog to continue training and growing together. To get started with K9Edge, check out the links below
Problem solving of canine behavioural challenges requires information that is specific to you and your dog. There are no "one size fits all" answers and the training you rely on should be as unique as the two of you
The dog training industry has come a very long way in recent years.
Professional organizations have emerged as highly skilled and educated canine professionals seek differentiation from hobby trainers. Modelling after other caregiver professions, we started to see educational requirements, codes of conduct, international collaborations, and a tangible separation from localized training clubs and "Joe has a well behaved dog, so Joe must be able to train my dog".
True canine professionals demonstrate a duty of care reflective of the medical and psychological fields. They are immersed in research, learning, collaboration, and accountability. Your dog is a salient being and a vital member of your family.....you should expect nothing less.
My commitment to education and continued learning is unparalleled in the Alberta landscape. I am a member of dog training's most respected certification organizations and that reflects my commitment to skill development, accountability, and professionalism. I have learned from some of the most respected trainers and behavioural experts in the world. My approach has been to gather as many different perspectives as possible and bring a collaboration of the best to my clients. I focus on transferable techniques that will bring you achievable results based on proven and science based concepts of animal behaviour. All of my methods are force free and in support of the human/animal bond.
I am contacted almost daily with this concern This behaviour can be embarrassing, demoralizing, and isolating for any dog parent. The solution will strengthen your bond as you understand how to read your dog and help change the way they feel about the world.
Formal heeling looks great but is extremely tiring for both dog and handler. We will focus on real life loose leash walking with attention when you need it. Walks are a joy when the expectations are attainable.
Dogs live their lives based on past experiences and associations. If your dog got off the rails somewhere and isn't as social as it used to be, you may be surprised by what they are really reacting to. A behavioural reset will allow you to feel better about who is around.
While certainly convenient, recall can also save your dog's life. We will differentiate between "I'd like to see you" and "I need you here" and how we support, or diminish both. Here's a hint, we won't be using the word “come”!
This event can bring an owner to tears. It is scary, confusing, frustrating and can leave you with more questions than answers. We will analyze the facts and work together to understand the why and what you can do to trust your dog.
A new arrival changes everyone's life. No matter the temperament of your dog, the scope of change in their routine and environment will be severe. We know dogs learn by association, who do you think they will associate that change to? Planning and understanding can set everyone up for success.
This can range from the annoyance of not being able to get your socks back, to terrifying clashes over food, toys, or even people. Each time the exchange gets repeated the behaviour becomes more ingrained, we will create a new dialogue for you to use with your dog.
Every multi dog household encounters some conflict. How it is handled can set the stage for increased frequency and severity of these events. We will cover how to "read the room" and intervene early, and how you can make life more comfortable for everyone.
This is a very heavy statement that comes with several connotations. True aggression is very rare in animal word. It is extremely costly to the individual. Think of it as if you pick enough fights, eventually you're going to lose. In the wild, that could cost you your life. We will discover what is really motivating the behaviour you see and how to mitigate it safely.
I am experienced with the complete process of training a service dog from puppy selection, to socialization, public access, task training, and final qualification. I can help you understand the Alberta Training Standard, prep for testing, maintain skills, or acquire new tasks. All disabilities are supported in an inclusive and supportive environment
Alberta uses the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) standard for public access testing. I can help help with each component and how to tie them together in daily life so you can problem solve as a team.
Working with you and your care provider, we will identify the specific tasks your dog can perform to mitigate your disability. Psychological support task or physical assistance, I can help your dog find success.
You're not alone. Everyone hits a roadblock with their dog.
We need to remember we are dealing with another species! It can be really hard to communicate sometimes and our motivations and needs can often conflict.
So often dogs are labelled as uncontrollable, unwalkable, aggressive, reactive, fearful, anxious...the reality is that label is not actually describing your dog, it is only describing their behaviour.
The science of applied behaviour analysis allows us to understand that external behaviours are a reflection of your dog's internal needs...they are contextual and are exhibited in response to the environment...dogs are either reacting to what's around them, or trying to influence their situation based on their innate desire to increase the positives, and decrease the negatives in their lives.
Antecedent - Behaviour - Consequence.
That is the formula for functional behaviour assessment..and for practical behaviour change.
There is always something we can do...