My Dog Training Philosophy
I believe the greatest reward you could offer your dog is inclusion in your life, but if your dog is currently a little out of control—let's say "overly enthusiastic"—I know how impossible that seems! My job is to help you get there. It isn't as far off as you might think. :)
My approach to dog training is rooted in practicality. What are the skills your dog needs to function as a well mannered pet dog? That's what I aim to teach—skills like:
the place command (nicknamed "calm on command" and doggie meditation) that can be used to achieve good manners in the house,
long duration down/stays that are practical for any indoor or outdoor environment where you need your dog to be under control (holiday parties, soccer games, patio cafes, and more),
and stellar leash manners that hold together in the neighborhood, on the trail, through the farmer's market, and beyond.
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My approach to dog training is fair and patient, but it's also realistic. In short, my approach is to correct any bad behaviors, teach a better alternative behavior, and then give the dog feedback on his choices. I'll communicate with your dog in a way that is fair, clear, and consistent, and I use training tools like the prong collar and remote collar to do this. If you've never used these tools or if you've heard bad things about them, I can understand why they'd make you hesitate. But if that's the case, please take a look at the videos on my YouTube page or Instagram. I'm very transparent about my training method because I want you to feel totally comfortable with what we're doing and why. There was a time when I said I'd never ever put these tools on my dog, and yet, here we are. :) Learning how to properly use these tools has been a total game-changer for my own dogs and for my clients' dogs, and I've never regretted it.
Last but not least, my training philosophy also considers what skills you will need to guide your dog to better behavior. Dog training happens at both ends of the leash! When all is said and done, it doesn't really matter if your dog can behave for me; your dog needs to behave for you. That's why I spend time working with each dog-owner team once the dog returns home from training. I'll make sure you understand not just what to do, but why to do it and why training is a long-term ordeal (not a one-time thing!). It is my goal to pass on as much of my knowledge as I can so that you and your dog are set up for success going forward.