There is no bigger thrill than competing with your dog, whether it is in obedience, agility, canine freestyle or any of the other disciplines available to dog sports enthusiasts.
However, the time you spend competing represents a tiny fraction of your life together. Your most important task should be to lay the foundations so that you have a wonderful companion as well as an eager and willing pupil.
In this book, world-renowned sports dog trainer and instructor Kamal Fernandez, uses his unique training programme to show you how to create a balanced, well-adjusted dog who has the skills to transfer to competitive dog sports.
His method is based not only on the science of animal behaviour and psychology but also on over 25 years’ experience working with both people and dogs. He utilises reinforcement-based training on a practical day-to-day basis, and then applies it to the demands of competitive sports.
The aim is to create a dog that is confident and free from social issues in a domestic environment, with the attitude and mental make-up that is required for advanced training.
Illustrated with top-quality photographs, Pathway To Positivity is essential reading for all those who want to build a better relationship with their dog.
Kamal Fernandez has earned an international reputation as a dynamic and successful sports dog trainer. He has coached handlers and their dogs in a range of performance sports including agility, obedience, working trials, IPO, mondio and canine freestyle, and his pupils have gone on to compete at national, international and world championship level. Kamal, who runs the East London School of Dog Training, is also much in demand as a speaker at seminars and workshops worldwide. A former police officer, he has been training dogs for 25 years and it was his early experience working with young offenders, coupled with his studies in psychology, that have contributed to his innovative teaching style, and his ability to get the best from his pupils, both human and canine. Making use of his scientific knowledge, and his experience as a hands-on trainer, Kamal is dedicated to positive training methods. He believes that every dog is different and his quest is to find the reward and reinforcement that is best suited to the individual, thus creating a dog who loves to work. For Kamal, dog training is neither a hobby, nor a career. It is a passion.