Meet the Trainer

The Short Story

Having apprenticed under trainers from all sects of dog training, as well as working at boarding facilities and shelters for years, and keeping up to date with regular seminars and reading I can help you and your dog no matter the breed, age, or problem.

Aggressive, anxious, or friendly to the point of a problem. Eight weeks old or fifteen years. Purebred or mutt. Or just looking for some fun sport to try out with your dog. I’ve got the knowledge, the experience, and the tools to get you and your best friend through just about anything.

The Long Story

(It’s good I promise)

Ever since I was little I knew what I wanted to do with my life, I had such a passion that no one ever doubted this dream would be accomplished. No, I didn’t want to be a policewoman, astronaut, or even a princess.

I wanted to be a dog trainer.

Unfortunately due to living in a rental, we could not have dogs. I made up for this fact by reading every dog training, health, nutrition, and behavior book in the library and at the book store. What did I want for birthdays? The latest dog psychology book or DVD on whichever dog sport I’d taken an interest in. I became the go-to neighborhood dog walker and sitter -all the dogs on the block listened to me better than their owners! So while I may not have had the experience of having my own dog, I had something that ended up being even better: years of research and hands-on experience with a variety of personalities and types of dogs that I never would have had if I’d gotten my first wish.

Eventually of course, I did get my own dog. It turned out to be an experience unlike anything I had expected. Sweet as sugar with me, my mother, or my step-dad, my beloved new companion would abruptly attack anyone in the house that he did not deem fit -i.e anyone. Despite all my years of research and supposed preparedness this dog, a three-year old cattle dog mix, threw my entire philosophy for a loop.

I began an apprenticeship under a well-respected force-free trainer who was taken away by my dedication and by the knowledge I had acquired at such a young age. From him I learned a great many things that I use on the regular. Good timing, patience, an understanding of hormones and brain function in relation to behavior, and a great deal of hands-on experience working with individual clients as well as managing large groups of dogs came out of that experience. A desire to keep up-to-date on every technique and never fall into a rut of complacency came from it too. I continue to read all the modern publications on training and behavior, as well as attend seminars to learn the most current techniques.

However, I realized after a while that although this method was superb for a great many dogs, and helped with my dog as well, it failed to hold him entirely accountable for his behavior. I knew we could go farther and so I began to look into other methods.

That is where I discovered the infamous, and the oh-so wonderful, e-collar. Finally I had a clear way of saying “no” to my dog in a language we both understood. Being well-aware of the potential fallout of such a tool I dove into¬† research with the same gusto I had practiced before. Watching every e-collar and prong-collar training I could find by respected trainers, and sifting through countless articles I eventually found a trainer to work with hands-on. She too admired what I had accomplished with such a difficult dog, and still very young and she too took me under her wing. With her I worked with hundreds of dogs, ranging from severely-anxious(and aggressive) 120 pound mastiff-mixes to twelve year old pomeranians that couldn’t be handled without heavy hiking boots and kitchen gloves. I learned the ins-and-outs of these tools, as well as things about dog-training that couldn’t be taught in any book.

Still with great respect for both trainers, along with all the other ones I learned from along the way, I developed my own method of training that basically boils down to this: if one trick doesn’t work for your dog, I’ve got about a million others up my sleeve to try out.

Oh, and by the way, that problem dog that started this journey? Now a wonderful member of society (and I mean it, he’s got his Canine Good Citizen certificate!). We compete actively in nose-work, and have dabbled in a variety of other things from competition obedience, to agility, tricks, and even sheep-herding.

 

So whatever dog you have, and whatever dog you want, call me up. I think we can figure something out.