Gymnasio Argos

Gymnasio Argos

1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

I am an experienced pet sitter and dog walker who has been studying the new research on social thinking in dogs. I offer pet sitting, dog walking, and coaching in social thinking.

As a dog trainer, sitter, and walker, I am capable and gentle towards all dogs including assertive, hyper, and timid dogs. 

I know this is hokey, but I love challenges. I love it when a dog’s behavior confuses me or when what I thought would work doesn’t work. It’s fun to me for some reason. Good thing I’m good at it, right? 

I am not keen on obedience training. Research has found a greater incidence of behavior problems in dogs with some types of obedience training and has not found a single obedience training technique that reduces behavior problems. This is why I have switched to cognitive- and relationship-based techniques! 

Don't get me started on my own dog cognition projects. I'll talk your ear off!

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Watauga, TX 76137
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What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

You've caught me in the beginning of a career transistion! 

Dual B.S in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UT Dallas
Masters in Chemistry also from UT Dallas 

I have been studying the theoretical underpinnings of dog training since 2017, utilizing my professional experience and eye for source reliability developed in my training as a scientific researcher. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Everyone is going to claim they are science-based! Ask them more about it. You'll find that a lot of "science-based" trainers are relying on old science, which is cherry-picking. Worse yet, many "sciece-based" trainers rely on unregulated vocational programs to teach them what "science says" and wouldn't know how to fact-check new information about dogs personally. 

Always ask about their stance on aversives before you schedule a session!