At Wag The Dog, we are here to turn around your relationship with your dog.
Our methods are force-free and based on the latest research on canine cognition and learning. We work privately with you so we can focus on the uniqueness that is your dog, but at the same time we bring our clients into a community of like-minded dog owners, so that you never have to feel alone.
Our trainers are highly educated, experienced, and fully certified. We can help understand your dog better, and help your dog understand what you want them to do.
Wag The Dog was founded on the spirit of cooperation. Both Amelia and Carol felt that we were stronger together. We have been friends since we met in 2008, at Pacific Assistance Dogs Society where we worked together as Apprentice Instructors.
Carol had a degree in Psychology and a diploma in veterinary technology, and Amelia had completed a Bachelor degree at Bergin University of Canine Studies.
In 2011 we started Wag the Dog together, and we've been a team ever since.
Dogs Are Natural Team Players
Humans and dogs have evolved symbiotically since the Pleistocene era. We created each other.
A dog raised in a human home can recognize human facial expressions and gestures at only 8 weeks of age. Human infants respond positively to the sight of dogs almost from birth. When we work together as a team, for example during an Agility competition, our hormone profiles mirror each other. Just owning a dog decreases our mortality rates by up to 30%.
Dogs are a part of our evolution, and we are part of theirs.
Dogs don't need to be taught to obey. They are desperate to cooperate with us from the moment we bring them home. It's in their blood. They want to work with us as equal partners, just as they have been doing for the last 20,000 years.
Modern Dogs Are Experiencing A Crisis of Purpose
The lifestyle of humans in our region has changed drastically over the past hundred years.
Our physiological and psychological need for the companionship of dogs remains the same, but our lives are very different.
If you live in a city, you have no sheep to herd, no animals to hunt, no saber tooth tigers to be warded off by your loyal canine companion.
There are hundreds of breeds of dogs in the city... and very few of them are doing the jobs they were bred to do.
That doesn't mean there is nothing for the average pet dog to do. There are plenty of things you can do with your dog to give them a sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging in your life.
How about fetching their leash? Finding your remote control? Waking you if there's a fire? Reminding you to take your medications? Acting as a living cane when you're feeling off-balance? Pulling a wagon full of groceries?
Your dog wants to help. Please don't underestimate their ability to do so.
There's only one way to find out.