Lifestyle

Acclaimed dog trainer gives private classes in Rockhampton

GOOD DOG: Leeanne Rankin heaps praise on her boxer Ruby Rose as dog trainer Gary Jackson works to stop Ruby Rose from jumping up.
GOOD DOG: Leeanne Rankin heaps praise on her boxer Ruby Rose as dog trainer Gary Jackson works to stop Ruby Rose from jumping up. Chris Ison Rokcdog

GARY Jackson works on the premise that dogs have a teenage male brain.

So, when it comes to training them, he likes to keep it simple.

"It comes down to giving them two choices - yes or no," says Gary, the highly acclaimed Australian dog trainer.

"Dogs in general tend to have the monotrack brain which you associate with young males."

Gary was in Rockhampton this week to conduct private lessons with several dog owners.

He went to the home of Leeanne Rankin, to work with her white boxer Ruby Rose and her American bulldog Johnny Diesel.

Ruby has a habit of jumping up on people and is constantly on guard; Diesel is a little paranoid, nervy and easily scared.

Gary set to work on Ruby to stop her jumping.

Within a matter of minutes and with only two "corrections" with a choker chain, she had stopped.

Gary said he grew up with dogs and started training them as a teenager in 1983.

He has since trained 20,000 dogs in obedience, protection or detection.

He can get a dog to heel on a loose lead in an average of 60 seconds; his record is 10 seconds.

His uncanny ability to master dogs' behaviour is wowing fellow trainers and dog owners across the country. He is set to share his special gift across the globe, with visits to New Zealand and the USA on the agenda.

Gary said that the biggest problem he saw in dogs was a combination of dependency and separation anxiety.

That led to over- protectiveness, destructive behaviour and stress.

"If a dog is inside the house and with their owner 100% of the time, they can't cope when they are away from the owner," he said. "Dogs need to chill out and do their own thing."

Gary said that dog owners should ensure their pets had heavy socialisation and balanced training.

"There's a big push for positive only training and it doesn't work and it can endanger dogs and people's lives.

"A lot of dogs will have animal aggression. You are not going to fix that by trying to give them a Scooby snack and trying to direct them somewhere else.

"Sometimes they actually need a correction. Without any negative at all, the dogs are just running amok."

Gary says he has a gift for reading the body language of dogs.

GARY'S CAREER

Highlights include:

Trained the world's youngest narcotic dog, which was 11 weeks old.

Trained the world's first slider turtle and egg detection dog for Queensland Department of Natural Resources.

Trained the world's first cane toad detection dog for Western Australia's Department of Environment and Conservation.

Trained Australia's first operational cadaver dogs.

Topics:  dogs, dog trainer




Business as usual at Berserker store hit by ram raiders

Leanne Russell stands outside her fish and chip shop on Berserker Street the morning after ram raiders smashed in her storefront doors.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Two other Rockhampton businesses were hit overnight

Central Queensland entrepreneur invents peck-proof helmet

MAGPIE PROOF: Mike from Swoopaway with kids from the Blackwater PCYC.

Local cyclist solving the swooping problem.

Brisbane crime spree ends with new life in Rockhampton

Nathan William Britt

23-year-old wants to relocate to Rocky when released

Latest deals and offers

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Babylon 5's Jerry Doyle has died

Jerry Doyle has died from unknown causes at the age of 60

Mum driver heroically ignores hilarious lip-syncing son

Hilarious moves while Mum concentrates on the road.

IF IT takes a village to raise a child, why aren't they driving?

Twitter adds dancing David Brent emoji

Ricky Gervais's character has its own emoji now

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Iconic Denison St building sold for close to $1M

The Swan Hotel building in Denison St.

ONE of Rockhampton’s most iconic buildings has been sold

Unique Rockhampton bar hits the market

HOT PROPERTY: Cuban themed bar Chango Chango is up for sale.

Popular Rocky bar hits the market.

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd