How do we teach?

Through clear and effective communication and generous rewards.  Helping our dogs understand what we want and building strong, reliable behaviors using techniques that do not rely on harsh corrections to get there. 

Positive doesn't mean permissive.  We will help you train to high standards of performance and reliable responses, while maintaining a trusting relationship and enthusiasm for learning.

 

There are many ways to train a dog.  

Dog training is an unregulated field.  While the woman who does your nails had to pass certain tests and is regulated by specific laws to provide that service, it is not true of dog trainers, groomers, day care providers, boarding kennels, or dog sitters.  ANYONE can hang out a sign and take your money to do whatever they want to your dog in the name of training. Do your homework.  Choose wisely.

 

Our Certified Professional Dog Trainers have attended hundreds of hours at behavior and training seminars and instructor courses to expand their knowledge so they can stay on the cutting edge of positive, dog-friendly training techniques.  "Founded in Science, Ruled by Ethics" is the tagline for the term coined by trainer Emily Larlham to describe this type of modern training:  Progressive Reinforcement Training.  Go here to read "the Manifesto."

What is "no force"?  No pushing, shoving, kneeing, pinching, or yanking on leashes.  No electric shock or painful collars.  No intimidation, threats, harsh commands, hitting, hanging or alpha rolling.  No dominating and making them submit.  No setting the dog up so you can have the opportunity to make corrections.

Article: "Hands-off dog training beats physical manipulation" by Sylvie Martin

               "Why is a Cue not a Command?"  by Carol Byrnes, CPDT

Carol,

 

It was such a treat having you visit our home today and watch you model the kind of behavior us as dog owners should emulate. My learning curve is steep, but I am so much more confident and happy after today and being in your classes. Having you has made this journey much more enjoyable!

 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  - C. Wendle

What equipment do we use? - and what don't we use?  Click here.

 

ARTICLES: 

"Fallout from the Use of Aversives" by Eileen Anderson
                    

"The Science Behind Punishment, Learning & Reinforcement"
 

Why we don't use choke chains, prong collars or shock collars -

 

Article: "Choke and Prong Collars"


Position statement from the Pet Professional Guild on "The Use of Shock in Animal Training"


 

Beautiful meme by Cindy Ludwig, Canine Connection LLC, www.click-r-train.com

ARTICLE:  "Dominance and Dog Training" - the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

 

 

Who are our favorite speakers, trainers and writers? 

There are so many amazing trainers ... this is our "short list":

Karen Pryor, Terry Ryan, Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, Patricial McConnell, Suzanne Clothier, Pat Miller, Alexandra Kurland, Ken Ramirez, Grisha Stewart, Kay Laurence, Emily Larlham, Susan Garrett, Denise Fenzi, Rise VanFleet, Diane Garrod, Sophia Yin, Karen Overall, Colleen Pelar, Virginia Broitman-Dare, Chirag Patel, Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson   ...  Oh, the list of goes on. 

 

If you are looking for great dog books and videos, visit www.dogwise.comwww.clickertraining.com, and www.tawzerdog.com.

 

 

Clicker Expo 2015

Dana and Carol with the always gracious Karen Pryor.

Carol with the wonderful Terry Ryan. 

These two amazing women shaped our journey to positive reinforcement training.

2016 - The Ruffian crew with Grisha Stewart, champion of empowered animals and people.

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