Training Techniques

Trying to find solutions to the problems that you are having with your dog can be so over whelming. It’s like searching “causes of a headache” online and then discovering you only have only 3 days to live with your brain cancer, but you can cure it with essential oils and high doses of homemade Apple Cider Vinegar.

You are in information overload! You will find one website that tells you to use treats and another that says treat training is a waste of time. Then you come across a blog post that says you need to correct your dog and then a Facebook post that says if you tell your dog NO they will have a heart attack and die!

All kidding aside, I know where you are, because I’ve been there. What works and what doesn’t work? You’ve tried all the things that you think would work and they either stopped working or never worked to begin with. So you need help and guidance, not Google. (Or the opinion of your nosy co-worker who thinks she’s a trainer because she watched A Dog’s Purpose that one time).

I have studied and practiced a multitude of training techniques and have worked with hundreds of dogs over the years and the techniques that work best for dogs are….

All of them.

Dogs are like kids. Each one is different with different learning styles and different backgrounds. That is why all of my training techniques are specifically designed to YOUR dog.

Some dogs take treats, some dogs don’t. Some dogs need a firm correction with a leash, other dogs just need gentle leash guidance. Some dogs needs lots of direction and structure, while others need the space and freedom to make better choices.

This is why all of the owners I talk to are so confused. It’s not one technique over the other, most of the time its a combination of many different methods that make a huge different in your dog.

As a balanced dog trainer (a trainer that uses both corrections and positive re-enforcement), it’s my job to figure out the best combination of training method that help your dog understand what you want and help you learn how to communicate that to your dog.


Tools

The right training tools are so important to lasting success when you are working with your dog.

There is so much negative (and incorrect) information out there about every single dog training tools in existence.

But HOW you use your tools is more important than the tools themselves.

Each training tools was created and designed with a specific purpose on how to make the communication with the dog clearer, but if you don’t know how to use that specific tool the way it was designed, then it’s not going to work.

I could buy a chainsaw to cut down a tree in my front yard, but instead I cut off my foot and crush my house with the tree. Was it the chainsaw’s fault? No. I just didn’t know what I was doing.

Trust me, I know the fear of putting a tool on your dog and then worrying that you will accidentally hurt your dog. That’s not what you want, that’s not what I want.

I teach all my clients how to use the right tool for the right dog the right way.

Here are a list of tools I commonly use.

  • Prong Collar

  • E-Collar or Remote Collar

  • Nylon Slip Collar

  • Gentle Leader Head Collar

  • Bonker

  • Pet Corrector

  • Crate

  • Place Cot

  • Clicker