Dogs can learn new 

skills at any age!

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Positive Training

I strongly believe in Positive, reward based techniques. From a young age I saw so many people in my life using items such as shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, and physically hurting their dogs. A part of me knew that when I grew up, I wanted to train dogs and owners, I wanted to change the way people 'trained' and interacted with their dogs.

Using  rewards of  treats, toys, and affection, can make things positive for both owner and dog. 

 Years ago, most dogs lived outside, they were just considered tools, to pull carts, hunt and retrieve wild animals, bark at uninvited guests and more. They slept outside and were fed leftover table scraps as a meal, if there was any that is.

Point is, times have drastically changed, not just for dogs, but everything. 

Today most households welcome dogs into their lives, home, and heart. They have become family members, best friends, partners, and our snoring, drooling, bed-hogging companions. Not to mention the ones who are trained to be a persons eyes and guide them, or those who can smell your blood sugar start to drop, long before you or any test strip could. They are more than we could have ever imagined some 50 years ago! So why do many people insist on training a domesticated dog like a wild wolf?  If you don't know how to answer that question, I'll ask you this... Do you treat your family and friends as cavemen? Do you speak in grunts and carry a wooden club with you?

I hope your answer is no.  If your not a caveman, should you treat others as caveman? If you don't have a Wolf, should you treat a dog as one? No, because just like us, dogs have evolved over billions of years.



So what kind of training do I use?

Positive Reinforcement

ADDING a GOOD stimulus to INCREASE the likelihood of a behavior: The stimulus can be a treat, praise, petting, toy, etc.

• Reward

 • Shaping

• Marker 

 • Modeling

• Motivation 

• Capturing

• Luring 

 • Counter conditioning

• Jack pot

Negative Punishment

REMOVING a GOOD​ stimulus to DECREASE the likelihood of a behavior: The stimulus can be ignoring jumping until the dog stops.

• Extinction

• Extinction burst

• Compulsion

• Removing a toy, treat, praise, attention, even eye contact. 

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Punishing or Hurting a dog is Wrong, and will not make them Obedient. I choose NOT to use these methods.

Positive Punishment 

ADDING a BAD stimulus to DECREASE the likelihood of a behavior: The stimulus could be a choke, pinch, or electric collar; shouting; hitting; or hand/foot corrections. THESE ARE TYPICALLY OLD FASHIONED METHODS, AND KNOWN TO MAKE DOGS MORE AGGRESSIVE, FEARFUL-

 • Dominance 

• Alpha role 

• Rubbing puppies face in an accident, if they poop or pee inside 

• Physical Correction 

• Flooding (exposure response prevention) 

• Learned helplessness

These methods are most commonly seen used by "Cesar Millan", and show "The dog whisper". There is so much wrong with these unorthodox methods. This link is a very informative video explaining a lot about him and these methods.

https://youtu.be/jWrkFLu5QcY

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Negative Reinforcement

 REMOVING a BAD stimulus to INCREASE the likelihood of a behavior: The stimulus can be a toe/ ear pinch, physical handling, or an electric collar. 

• An electric collar to reinforce a come when called 

• Toe or ear pinch when teaching a retrieve 

• Physically pushing/pulling a dog into position 

• Releasing tension after choking on a choke collar

Yelling, threatening, aggression, and using physical force are not acceptable or effective ways to modify a dog’s behavior. 

Because these techniques won’t work, a person might mistakenly think they need to try harder to assert their dominance by being even more aggressive, effectively blurring the lines between training and abuse.

Ultimately this will lead to a different set of problems. If you’re “lucky,” your dog might just try to calm his nerves by chewing things around the house. But you might also end up with a dog that bites you the next time he feels threatened. 

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Teaching and training is about building and maintaining the bond between you and your dog. This is a rewarding time for you both and will benefit your dog immensely.

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 I offer in your own home private training sessions. I work with any breed of dog, any age. I do a wide variety of training. One of the biggest reasons dogs are abandoned and put in shelters is from Behavioral Problems. Behavioral Problems such as nipping, counter surfing, guarding objects like food,toys, or people, fear of other dogs, aggression, door dashing, jumping, barking, and chewing on furniture.