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TRAINING PHILOSOPHY

I use both positive motivational and corrective dog training methods, and I balance them according to your dog’s personality type.

Training philosophy
a professional dog trainer

As a professional dog trainer, I take pride in my over 3 decades of experience and ability to recognize a dog’s personality and situational temperament.  This allows me to know which dog training methods will achieve success.  I use both positive motivational and corrective dog training methods, and I balance them according to your dog’s personality type.  I achieve success training not only the dominant or stubborn dogs but also fearful and submissive ones.

There are many self-described eager but inexperienced dog trainers who employ a singular, one-size-fits-all training technique.  But simply put, a singular training technique is not suitable for all dogs.  Using my professional assessment experience, and all around knowledge of dogs, I will match and then approach your dog with the BEST training technique and method suited to your dog’s personality.  You and your dog will have a positive and enjoyable learning session.

As a professional dog trainer, I will have your dog respond correctly to your commands, and you will find your dog happy to do so. A dog that responds only because it expects a piece of food or has fears of being punished is neither a happy nor well-trained dog.

Dogs can have a wide range of traits.  Some are very dominant or aggressive, while others are known for being fearful or submissive.  I have found it to be common that dogs and owners are mismatched with respect to their personality types, and this can affect the training process.  It’s up to me, as a professional dog trainer, to advise you on which dog training techniques are best for your dog.  At times, we will need to make the family’s disciplinarian more motivational and the softie in the family more of a disciplinarian. It’s a balance at both ends of the leash.

Operant Conditioning

I believe dogs should begin their training with positive motivational techniques and then go to the next step of correction and praise, which falls under Operant Conditioning. This step is often skipped which leaves you with a dog that only responds to you when he/she wants to or only after several repeated commands. Operant Conditioning is a training method to modify dog behavior by consequences. Operant Conditioning teaches new behaviors or modifies existing behaviors.

Positive Reinforcement

The most common operant conditioning training is Positive Reinforcement training.  This involves rewarding a dog for exhibiting a desired behavior. How is the dog corrected?  Each dog is different, and I base the training on the dog’s temperament. Some dogs exhibit negative behavior; in some cases, positive punishment is used. Positive punishment involves adding an unpleasant stimulus when an undesired behavior occurs. For example, using a deeper grumbly voice command like “Leave It” or using a quick snap on the leash to stop a dog from jumping on people decreases the likelihood of the behavior in the future.

Classical Conditioning

I also employ Classical Conditioning. Classical Conditioning in dog training is a process of associating a neutral stimulus to elicit a specific response from the dog. This helps shape the dog’s behavior and can be used to teach or modify new behaviors.  Ivan Pavlov, a Russian physiologist and psychologist, demonstrated one of the most famous examples of Classical Conditioning in dogs. Pavlov’s experiment involved ringing a bell every time he gave his dogs food. Initially, the bell had no effect on the dog’s behavior. However, over time, the dog’s learned to associate the sound of the bell with the arrival of food. Eventually, the dogs would begin to salivate at the sound of the bell alone, even when no food was present. This phenomenon is known as conditioned reflex or conditioned response.

I believe using the correct equipment matched to your dog’s temperament is half the battle; using it correctly is the other half.

a professional dog trainer