Q: What is your training style?
A: I believe in reinforcing the behaviors we want through positive reinforcement, while setting the dog up for success. The main focus, will be on helping you achieve the proper communication techniques so you are better able to listen and talk to your dog. By improving your relationship, it will strengthen the dog's desire to work with and for you. This will also ensure success in eliminating unwanted behavior.
I do not believe in domination or hierarchy theories. We should represent ourselves as leaders, teachers and coaches to our dogs. Force and fear techniques do not achieve harmony/balance. Each dog is different; therefore it is my job to find the right technique and method that works for you and your dog.
Q: How long will it take for my dog's behavior to get better?
A: You should see results from training right away. In regards to specific behavioral issues, it all depends on the behavior we are working on. The reason for the behavior is the biggest factor in determining how long it will take for the unwanted behavior to go away. During our consultation, I will be able to set your expectations based on your dog's individual needs. In addition, I will provide tips so we can better manage the dog to assist in a relief of unwanted behavior.
Q: My dog is older. Is it to late for him/her to learn?
A: NO! Dogs can learn and eliminate behaviors through out their life. Age is not a factor!
Q: My dog is a rescue and was abused and/or is fearful; can he/she get better?
YES!!!! Just as people can let go of bad beginnings and learn to trust again, so can dogs. You just need to learn how to advocate for your dog and communicate so your dog learns how to build confidence and trust again.
I don't believe in limiting opportunities of growth, regardless of how badly damaged a dog may be. The dog is the only one who can tell us how much they can improve. It's our job to create those opportunities and cheerlead them on.
Q: What tools do you use in training?
A: I believe in choosing the right tool for the dog and their handler. Every dog is unique and their needs and responses can vary. I prefer using the least aversive/invasive tool for the dog. This may be a flat collar, martingale or slip lead; however, training aids such as , muzzles head halters or prong may be recommended. Additionally, I frequently use food and clickers during training.
Finally, I am a big advocate for holistic approaches towards relieving anxiety and fear and may also recommend products specific to your dog's challenges.
Q: What's the difference of classroom versus in-home training?
A: Classes will generally have one instructor to a group of members. Obedience is done in a controlled environment and does not allow real world distractions. By practicing in your home and outside, we are discovering challenges and helping your dog work through them together. Also, you have a personal trainer working directly with you to help improve your handling to ensure your dog learns quickly.