I want a dog to follow and obey me because they trust and respect me, not because they’re afraid of me. To facilitate that, I use food, toys, a clicker, touch [e.g. petting], and verbal praise as rewards. To make corrections, I use my voice [e.g. a calm but firm “no”], a quick but pain-free snap of the leash [when the dog is on leash], or physical removal of the dog when correction or redirection is not stopping the dog’s unwanted behavior [e.g. nipping or biting during play with another dog].
I bring over 30 years of personal, hands-on experience with dogs, and the ability to make life to life connections with deeply troubled dogs so that I can better help them.
Many trainers take expensive courses through privately owned and operated organizations that provide certificates to prove they are qualified to do what they do. I am not one of them. Rather, I prove my worth by providing owners with actual, visible proof of my abilities. Because, like many people, I believe that seeing is believing; that the proof is, indeed, in the proverbial pudding.
A Board-and-Train program is a program designed for dogs with issues ranging from reactivity, anxiety, or fearfulness, to housebreaking, leash pulling, and basic manners. It is designed for owners who want to get help for their dogs but find that group classes don’t work, or they need more than a weekly lesson but can’t get the time to accommodate it.
In order to best and most effectively help a dog, I accept only one into my program at a time. For troubled dogs who are struggling with issues such as fear or reactivity, one-on-one attention is especially important to helping them learn how to become calmer and more relaxed around their triggers.