I am proud to be an Honor Graduate of Animal Behavior College and a certified American Kennel Club evaluator for Canine Good Citizen and Temperament Tests. I offer private training in clients' homes, including therapy and service dog training. I also teach classes in AKC Canine Good Citizen, Basic Obedience, Puppy Kindergarten, AKC Tricks, AKC Urban Canine and Therapy Dog Skills.
I have been working with dogs and their owners for many years and there is nothing which satisfies me more than to see a well behaved dog and happy owner. My mission is to help you and your dog enjoy many fulfilling years of companionship and fun. Give me a call or email, and we'll get started!
My Training Philosophy
Friendly, reward-based training makes it easy for dogs to learn. And, it's a valuable bonding experience for owner and dog.
Harsh treatment, and physical, verbal or psychological punishment are abusive and unnecessary. I do not work with choke, pinch or shock collars or any method that causes fear, pain, force, stress or intimidation.
Gentle, patient training helps develop a calm, trusting and well-behaved dog who will be a joy to live with.
I also believe....
Dogs enrich our lives so much with their affection and companionship. We owe it to them to teach them how to fit comfortably into our lives.
The decision to have a dog includes the responsiblity to provide appropriate training. Without that guidance, a dog does not know how to behave properly. Tragically, most dogs that are given up suffer their fate because of avoidable behavior issues.
Reward-based training is fun for owners and dogs!
My training methods:
Evaluate the appropriate level and type of training needed.
Design the training to meet the owner's priorities.
Customize training to best suit each dog, including age, health, breed, temperament and behavioral issues.
Guide the owner/dog team in reward-based training using positive reinforcement (treats, praise, toys, play, walks).
Help the owner create an environment in which the dog is most likely to succeed.