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.
I'm a graduate of the Animal Behavior College with 2 certifications in behavior modification in training.
PRIVATE TRAINING RATES
$120 - 1 two hour consultation
$250 - 3 one hour sessions + a free 30 minutes consultation
$395 - 6 one hour sessions + a free 30 minute consultation
$510 - 8 one hour sessions + a free 30 minute consultation (ideal for puppies and dogs with extreme reactivity issues)
*Sessions must be used on a minimum of a weekly basis in the best interest of your dog. If a session needs to be rescheduled, contact me immediately. There are no refunds on training packages, however sessions can be transferred and used another dog in worst case scenarios.
I just love dogs. I kept adopting dogs that had major behavior issues and I struggled to find trainers who knew what they were doing. I found that the correlation was a general lack of education. Most trainers had experience but no education. Then I found a couple very good trainers who were educated and saw the difference so I enrolled at the Animal Behavior College to study dogs.
Please be cautious with the trainers you hire. There are too many out there who don't understand dogs. Look for someone who uses science based methods based on canine psychology and not The Dog Whisperer. Dominance doesn't exist in the dog world, dogs are always more responsive to positive reinforcement than pain (this has been shown using fMRI technology to measure the brain activity in response to positive versus negative stimuli, and the neurologist who conducted these studies did so on all of the AKC Breeds including bully breeds). Breed does matter but training and socialization matters more. Any dog can be trained. And there is no "Pack Leader" in the dog world. Dogs function similar to human families, not wolves.
Ask if they use pain to train, and if they define themselves as "science based" or "balanced". Balanced trainers don't use science to train, and balanced training is not supported by any major canine organization including the AKC and the American Veterinary Association.