I grew up with dogs & have had dogs all my life. I have always trained my own dogs & enjoyed doing so. I found that I also liked people & helping them train their dogs. I thought about how I could put it all together and I decided to become an ABC certified dog trainer. I've found it to be as exciting as it is rewarding. With some patience, practice & instruction you too can fulfill your expectations and build a better & healthier relationship between yourselves and your companions. Allow me to share my experience & knowledge in obedience training & behavior modification, using positive reinforcement & negative punishment. I specialize in private training, offering personalized services to accommodate your lifestyle & busy schedule.
My training philosophy is focused on positive reinforcement and negative punishment. While the ABC Dog Training Program is an overwhelmingly positive motivation-based program, it was made clear that it is unlikely that I will be able to desensitize every dog to every possible distraction using positive reinforcement and negative punishment alone. It is important to understand that I do not encourage the use of negative reinforcement or positive punishment. I have been taught that there will be times when limits may need to be set in a general way with the use of negative reinforcement or positive punishment. These methods would only be considered once the dog has a clear understanding of the request, all other methods have been exhausted and the effectiveness of the training program is in jeopardy. Only then, would negative reinforcement or positive punishment be sparingly used and at the lowest level possible.
I can help you teach your dog proper housebreaking methods, as well as how to curtail chewing and prevent unruly behavior in and around your home.
My program will teach you how to communicate effectively and humanely with your pet. Teaching your dog basic cues is of critical importance. This is done in a humane fashion utilizing positive reinforcement creating a healthy where we not only learn, but have fun doing it.
While a little prevention is worth allot of cure, many clients' dogs have already existing behavior challenges. I will assist with reasonable effective solutions to common behavior problems, teaching the skills needed to deal with nipping, jumping, chewing, digging, barking, housebreaking, unruly behavior, boundary training and more. Accomplishing this without having to resort to the use of intimidation is one of my areas of expertise.
Once we have established a foundation and a clear understanding of the basics we teach your pet to listen around distractions, such as other dogs, people, small animals, and cars. Proper behavior around these distractions could save your companion's life.