What training methods and tools do you use?
Training methods and training tools are just that: methods and tools. These are not inter-changeable, on-size-fit-all options. Which method is best depends on your dog and each case. Methods and tools are determined by your challenges, your dog's motivations, your dogs drive strength (we distinguish pack drive, prey drive and defensive drive) and your dog's temperament (hard or soft).
We are certified dog trainers and with over a decade of experience working with dogs and we always discuss our prescribed training methods and all tools with our clients before we use them. We want you to be comfortable with everything we do. But we are professionals and have the experience to back our recommendations up. We are not an online discussion forum with random, unsubstantiated opinions. If we determine that the best approach to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash is a slip lead or martingale collar in combination with leash-pressure and you insist on using a harness and a flexi-leash, we will thank you for your time and wish you good luck. We will not waste your money and our time on trying to make something work that makes no sense just because someone likes it better.
Any 'trainer' who picks the method of training before meeting your dog is unqualified to work with animals. Such people are inexperienced and ineffective.
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How does your service stand out?
I don't just teach your dog commands. My focus is on making you a better team. I achieve my results through play-based training and building a strong relationship with each dog. Together, we design a custom training plan for you and your dog. Tailored to your needs and helping your dog meet its full potential.
When working with dogs, I consider the dog's genetic drives. I figure out how we can provide your dog with biological fulfillment and as a result, prevent problems from recurring after we got them under control.
I have comprehensive knowledge of learning science, evolutionary psychology, and ethology. I don't offer simplistic no one-size-fits-all solutions. I offer a holistic approach, honoring your dog's being.
I am a Training without Conflict™ certified professional dog trainer (TWC CPDT). In addition, I am a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and an evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen programs. Further, I am the author of the canine behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk and owner of Happy Dog Training, LLC. I have been working with dogs for over sixteen years.
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