“Martijn Verhaegen founded 'Nuyvilaq' in April 2002 together with his wife Angelique. Nuyvilaq means 'afraid of nothing' in the Eskimo language. After almost 20 years of sled dog sport with their Purebred Siberian Huskies, it was enough and a new phase entered for the Nuyvilaq team, namely no more innovation of the team, with the dogs we have we will of course remain active until the the moment they no longer can and / or want to.

In 2015, a Dutch Shepherd was added to the pack called Xtreme to which Martijn fully devoted his passion and has bundled all his experience in various dog sports in his own training program Technical Obedience K9 ®.


Martijn's theory is about control and not just about having an obedient dog, you have to take control of multiple behaviors. Only by getting into the dog's mind and understanding how he thinks can you achieve perfect control. Technical Obedience K9 ® can be used in most dog sports.


In 2017, 'Working Dogs' was added behind the name Nuyvilaq because Nuyvilaq is more than just sled dog sport, we are now active in several branches of sport.


Martijn trains and teaches in a positive way, which works best for every dog ​​9 out of 10 times, very sometimes something is not only positive, sometimes you just have to correct, this always happens by raising your voice and never eg by hitting and / or kicking.


Also the use of power bands, strangulation chains and pin collars will never be used with Nuyvilaq Working Dogs.

To establish absolute control over your dog, you must understand and eventually master the training method. In our NWD (Nuyvilaq Working Dogs) Technical Obedience K9 ® program we will apply every step in theory and practice.

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In a human-dog relationship, you're the alpha, and that's important because they rely on you for protection and guidance. " In our Technical Obedience K9 ® program, fun is number one so we do not train with power bands or prong bands everything is rewarded with a ball or biscuit, this gives you a reliable dog who is happy to work for you, but the dog also has to learn what is wrong and we learn that by correcting the dog with voice tones.

Dogs are active creatures that speak with movement. By not adopting a static position yourself, but by actively participating with the dog, fun for two is assured and you get the best result from the dog. So the Technical Obedience K9 ® program is an active program for active owners!

"Dogs like to have a purpose, they want to please their owner but most of all they really want your love and affection"
The true purpose of Technical Obedience K9 ® is not just to master absolute control over your dog's behavior, but rather to determine how your dog thinks and perceives the world.
This allows you to let the dog think and work more independently in a positive way. The dog must want to work for you.

Being in control isn't just about having an obedient dog, you have to gain control over multiple behaviors. Only by getting into the dog's mind and understanding how he thinks can you achieve perfect control. Most dogs master their handlers, It's time to turn the tables with Technical Obedience ®

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Our demonstration dog is Xtreme who we have trained as a guard and defense dog. Xtreme is a crossing of father Mechelse Herder and mother Dutch Shepherd. Xtreme is a very energetic, cheerful little man, but don't let the cheese eat his way.

With Xtreme there is training every day, there is no fixed program at a dog school or association, so he is at home in all markets, he also likes everything as long as he can work with you. Thanks to Xtreme, we have developed Technical Obedience ® at the highest level.

At Nuyvilaq Working Dogs, fun is paramount, so we do not train with power bands or prong bands, everything is rewarded with a ball or biscuit, making Xtreme a reliable dog who would like to work for us in any situation.
Of course Xtreme sometimes does something you don't want, it is and remains a dog and not a robot, this is only corrected by raising your voice.

Xtreme is often seen as the clown of the Nuyvilaq clan with a lot of tricks, but he is regularly trained to bite and watch in our home.

The best thing to do is Xtreme tracking and we also do this in different places and in different ways.

With Xtreme we regularly attend events with our demo Technical Obedience ® If you are interested in a unique demo, you can read more about the possibilities here.



Making obedience training fun and rewarding is the key to reliable performance.

Obedience is a word many dog owners don't want to hear and a practice many dogs avoid. There are a number of reasons for this. The dictionary defines obedience as "submission to the restraint or command of authority." With that definition in mind, the word obedience may sound compulsive or demanding. If a dog owner takes the definition to an extreme, obedience training can become negative for both the dog and handler.


A better word to use instead of obedience is 'control'. Long, compulsive exercises, poor timing of corrections or rewards, regulated exercises, and too much obedience in the group can make the dog and the dog owner dislike obedience training. Another negative perception is that obedience training suppresses the dog's drive. Drive suppression can occur when exercises are performed incorrectly and the dog becomes confused about what is expected of him. Dog side effects can also result from negative events that have occurred in conjunction with other exercise or environments. In other words, the dog associates obedience with negative experiences such as correction.

The imbalance in obedience training between coercion and motivation has destroyed many dog teams. That can happen when dog owners get frustrated and their irritation on the dog subsides. The dog owner blames the dog when in reality they didn't understand why the dog wasn't behaving the way they thought it should.

What we sometimes fail to realize is that obedience training, when done correctly, lays the foundation for almost everything else we do, including aggression work. In addition, obedience training can strengthen the bond between dog owner and dog like no other exercise when done properly. We control the dog's environment and behavior by using the laws of nature and the laws of learning to meet our needs.

The conditioning and maintenance of obedience must be balanced against positive and negative experiences for the dog. That equilibrium is known as operant conditioning.


Concepts are how dogs learn. Methods are the means by which we as dog owners apply concepts. The most effective concept for teaching dogs obedience is operant conditioning. Operant conditioning includes positive and negative reinforcement and positive and negative punishments. For example, if the dog “sits” on command, he gets his toy (positive reinforcement). If he "sit" on command, he also avoids a correction (negative reinforcement). If the dog does not "sit" on command, he gets a correction with voice in our case the word NO. If he doesn't 'sit', he doesn't get his toy/reward (negative penalty). Operant conditioning reduces the dog's inappropriate behavior or increases the appropriate behavior.

Most dog owners have been taught methods of performing basic obedience exercises, but may not understand why the methods work. It is important to understand why they work and the concepts behind them so that when introducing advanced exercises, you as a dog owner can apply known methods or come up with new ones, depending on the dog or individual goal. Each dog has a specific threshold for certain rewards or corrections. By understanding concepts and methods, you can easily adapt training to the individual dog.


Whether the dog is rewarded or corrected, timing is everything. The reward should come exactly when the dog shows the behavior the handler is looking for. The same principle is applied to a correction. The dog must understand where his advantage and disadvantage lie. He will only understand that if the reward or correction comes at the exact moment the behavior is exhibited.


Competency-based training essentially benefits the dog. Maintaining conditioned behavior or problem solving is considered skill-based training. Scenario-based training benefits both dog owners as it consists of setting up realistic exercises, similar to scenarios that the dog owner can experience on the street.


In both skill and scenario-based training, obedience can be viewed from two perspectives. The first is your dog's basic checkup. The second is precision. Precise obedience can include moving and stationary positions, but it is fine and fine tuned. An example of precision training is when the dog comes to the handler at the foot at exactly the same pace, within a few inches of the handler's left side, as you may have seen at sport dog competitions. Basic control without precision can be used during tactical movements or scenario-like exercises.


Trainers and dog owners should set goals for obedience exercises. If we have problems with a particular movement or behavior, we need to address that behavior on our own.

I often see dog owners go through a whole routine of obedience exercises before the dog is rewarded. An example of this is following. The dog team goes through the full cycle of starting in a "sit" position, in addition to following with several steps, making many turns, stopping, having the dog "sit" at the dog owner's side and then rewarding the dog. There is nothing wrong with that if the dog is skilled. But why not let go and reward the dog when he makes a perfect turn or looks at the dog owner for the first time, rather than after he has completed the entire obedience routine?

Think about it: when you reward the dog after he has followed a whole routine by sitting next to the dog owner, what is he being rewarded for? On the basis of the learning laws, he is rewarded for 'sitting'. To make obedience more rewarding for the dog and the dog owner, break the routine down into separate components or chains of behavior and only put them together as needed. Wait for the dog to become proficient in one part of one exercise before moving on to the next. Make your obedience sessions short and sweet.

Many dog schools hold group obedience sessions to socialize dogs or save time. Obedience in a group may not be as beneficial as private training. When working with multiple dogs in group obedience exercises, it is difficult for the individual dog owner to reward or correct his or her dog at the right time or place. For example, if the dog does something perfectly and the dog owner wants to immediately reward the behavior by releasing the dog and throwing the ball across the field, the dog owner does not have the freedom to do so during group obedience training. Individual obedience gives much more freedom to train each dog according to its specific needs. This is also the reason why we only give private lessons.


Obedience should be about quality, not quantity. If there is no balance between the right doses of corrections and rewards, the team will suffer. If, on a scale of one to 10, a correction equals a six in the dog's mind, then the praise or reward when the dog performs the behavior correctly must be greater than the correction — an eight or a nine.

Using specific goals, sound concepts, accurate timing and balance, and keeping things short and sweet will make obedience training fun for both dog and dog owner. Always view training from the dog's perspective. That perspective, in turn, will lay a solid foundation for everything you do as a K-9 team.