I am double certified obedience instructor and canine behaviorist who specializes in desensitization and reactivity. I work with a number of local rescue organizations as well in rehabilitation. I graduated from the Animal Behavior College after completing two internships under licensed Behaviorists. I am a positive reinforcement instructor who follows a LIMA (least intrusive method available) approach. I use a combination of Humane Hieracrchy of Needs, BAT, CAT, LAT, positive reinforcement, and other non aversive methods. I work with a dogs emotions and treat the problem starting with the cause, not the symptoms.
I do not believe in negative reinforcement or dominance training. These methods may work in the short term but research has shown them to cause more harm than good, and can ultimately make the problems worse. Dogs behave the way they do for a reason. They function 100% on 2 things: Instinct & Conditioning. This does not mean that every dog out there does not come with it's own unique personality (and that's why we love 'em, right?). However, this does mean that every dog is trainable under the right circumstances and with the right trainer. If I can't help you, I will refer you to someone who can. Behaviors problems are the number one cause of death for domesticated dogs, and that is a tragic case you because there is always another solution. No one deserves to be given up on. Especially the furry ones who come with 4 paws and a tail! The number one cause of death for canines is untreated behavior issues. And this is tragic because most of these issues are fixable, unfortunately there are a limited number of trainers out there who really understand the science behind behavior modification and working with the wrong one can make the problems much worse. The most enjoyable part of my job is that every day I get to go to see the faces of both dogs and their parents light up when the lights begin to come on and they finally begin to understand each other. There is nothing more rewarding that the relief on someone's face when they realize that nobody needs to be euthanized or rehomed.
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We do an initial phone consultation to discuss the issues at hand. I have the client fill out an intake form, and we determine if the dog would do better in classes or private training. For classes, I require vaccination records and a termperment test.