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Dog Training

Statement Regarding Forceful or Aversive Methods of Training:

I personally do not believe there is any reason that we should use  them. I have committed myself to promoting positive force-free methods of training. I know that there are trainers who will tell you that you get quick results from using these types of training and they might be correct but why would I want to make an animal fearful & frightened of me in order to get them to respond to my "command"?

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has stated that "punishment (e.g. Choke Chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-use treatment for behavior problems. This is due to the potential adverse effects which include but are not limited to: inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interacting with animals".

I am a member of The Pet Professional Guild. For more information on their mission:  The Pet Professional Guild

Everyone wants a well behaved dog.

The key to having a well behaved dog is starting training at an early age and communicating effectively in a positive force-free manner. 

So how do you do this? 

By taking classes with other puppies & learning scientific methods that are proven and creating a dog who truly understands what you are asking them to do; but also hopefully, we are enhancing and strengthening the bonds with our pets. 

A mentally and physically healthy pet whose life is fully lived is truly a testament to the unique  bonds we share with them.

As someone who personally  has seen the long term damage that can happen to the overall well being of an animal who has been trained adversely, I made the decision that I would strive to educate pet owners about Force-Free & Positive Methods of Training. 

To me training your dog is as basic and crucial to their overall health  as providing shelter, food and water.

I have always been asked by customers, if I offered classes or lessons but because of my commitments with the business, I have declined to teach classes but I often felt I was not qualified to teach classes.

And yet it recently occurred to me that I have taken classes continuously with my dogs for the last 15 years from some amazing trainers and teachers. I have been evaluating dogs in shelters for over 1o years and  I am continuously reading books and taking classes  on behavior and training. I hold a Masters of Science Degree in Holistic Secondary Education and was a certified Secondary Education Teacher who taught in public & private schools in Texas, Tennessee and South Carolina for over 10 years.  If I am not qualified to teach training classes I am not sure who is.