My Training Philosophy
I believe a strong relationship with your dog is the key to good behavior. But how can you have a good relationship if you don’t understand each other? My goal is to help you understand how your dogs learn and how they think, allowing you to work with your dogs, increase respect, and develop a more meaningful relationship. I believe that the best human/canine relationships are built from love and understanding, not force and fear. I want you to understand your dog's L.E.G.S. (The WHY of their behavior based on their Learning, Environment, Genetics, and Self). I want to help you make sure that you are actually helping your dog work through why a behavior is happening, not just treating the unwanted symptoms. Because of this, I focus on using LIMA based training methods.
I understand that, like people, every dog is different. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all training method that will work for every dog. Shaping methods may work wonders in a variety of situations, but some dogs may do better with luring techniques. While most do fine without the use of a clicker, some may need it to focus. I will mold my training methods to fit the individual needs of both you and your dog.
I believe a good trainer is always available to you, even after the training sessions are over. Feel free to contact me at any time by phone or email. I don’t care if it has been six months or ten years since our last session. I will always do my best to answer your questions and help you and your dog in any way I can.