I use proven-effective and painless force-free methods in our work together. These training methods are grounded in the science of applied animal behavior, which is in turn supported by peer-reviewed scientific research.
We’ll build behavior using what most dogs find intrinsically rewarding — in most cases, delicious snacks such as chicken, cheese and hot dogs.
I will never use any tool or implement such as shake cans, squirt bottles, yelling, shocks, choke collars, or physical force.
I’ll bring expertise, compassion, empathy, knowledge, and the latest modern training practices (built upon peer-reviewed scientific research) to our sessions together.
The science of how animals learn is more than a century old, and has been used to train animals with positive reinforcement for decades. Animals learn new behaviors in a similar way to how we learn a musical instrument, magic tricks, to drive a car, or new dance steps — mastering easier steps in the learning and building difficulty from there.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior — veterinarians who specialize in and treat behavior problems in animals — has a position statement on humane training which concludes:
Based on current scientific evidence, AVSAB recommends that only reward-based training methods are used for all dog training, including the treatment of behavior problems.
AVSAB specifically recommends trainers with credentials from The Academy for Dog Trainers. Read their paper here.
There are many variables in training. Some people take to training and creating new routines easily, while others find it a challenge. And dogs have learning aptitudes, just like people do.
It is most effective if the whole family understands and helps with the training plan. Young folks are usually fabulous trainers!
I will be able to give you an estimate after our second dog training session.