MY APPROACH 2017-11-14T12:20:48+00:00

RESPECT

EMPATHY

REWARD

my approach

RESPECT

Respect for you and your dog: The method I follow is based on this cornerstone of dog training. As a student of animal behavior I follow the science. This means your dog will not be subject to wolf pack or dominance theory based training and neither will you.

I respect who you are and I respect and value your dog. We work as team to help resolve your training and behavioral issues.

I am really training you to train your dog. As the owner of the dog you are the trainer! I respect your feelings about your dog and what you would like to achieve. As we develop a working relationship and communicate with each other this feedback allows us to progress. This is my commitment to you.

“Dogs are not so complex as to try to get back at their trainers. They would much rather be treated with fairness and consistent rules.” – Mary R. Burch Ph.D. & Jon S. Bailey Ph.D.

EMPATHY

Dog training has many aspects to it yet one area I focus on is empathy. As each dog owner and dog is unique I adjust my training to each case. One size does not fit all. My empathetic approach means we can talk about what you feel your dog needs and what you hope to achieve with her. We discuss your lifestyle and what can be achieved realistically.

Whether it is a companion dog that needs to understand the household he lives in or a rescue dog who needs more time and patience, or an active athletic dog looking for a job, each training case is approached according to your needs.

REWARD

Reward based training means your dog learns that his actions create the consequence! Just like us, if we do not work we do not get paid!

“A reinforcer is anything that, occurring in conjunction with an act, tends to increase the probability that the act will occur again.” Karen Pryor.

I use the clicker to teach dogs new behaviors. I find it speeds up the learning process, it is simple to use, and the dog learns very quickly when he hears the click his paycheck is coming. He also learns by contrast, if there is no click then what he just did was not going to deliver a reward. This puts our dogs in the thinking mode, they learn their behavior makes good things happen.

Your dog will become that well behaved dog neighbors love to meet on your walks!