Learning should always be a positive experience

Learning should always be a positive experience

Learning should always be a positive experience

My Philosophy

Dog training is a largely unregulated field, and there are currently no educational or experiential requirements for trainers or behavior consultants. That’s right – anyone, with any level of experience, can call themselves a dog trainer and can work directly with your beloved pet. With this in mind, I understand how daunting of a task it can be for dog owners to sort through available trainers and choose the one that’s right for them and who will provide the best results.

This is the primary reason I pursued a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience studying canine cognition and behavior. I want my clients to feel secure in the knowledge that my methods are based on the most up-to-date science about what actually works to change behavior.

My Philosophy

Dog training is a largely unregulated field, and there are currently no educational or experiential requirements for trainers or behavior consultants. That’s right – anyone, with any level of experience, can call themselves a dog trainer and can work directly with your beloved pet. With this in mind, I understand how daunting of a task it can be for dog owners to sort through available trainers and choose the one that’s right for them and who will provide the best results.

This is the primary reason I pursued a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience studying canine cognition and behavior. I want my clients to feel secure in the knowledge that my methods are based on the most up-to-date science about what actually works to change behavior.

My Commitment

Research demonstrates the use of forceful or aversive methods is detrimental to the behavioral well-being of dogs and that positive reinforcement produces more effective, long-lasting behavioral change. I adhere to using the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive methods and ensure that your dog’s welfare is my top priority during the behavior modification process.

I use only positive, science-based methods for your dog’s well-being and your peace of mind.

I use only positive, science-based methods for your dog’s well-being and your peace of mind.

I use only positive, science-based methods for your dog’s well-being and your peace of mind.

I’m here to help you and your dog. My job is to use my knowledge and skills to lessen the burden on you and get your dog a head start towards success. It doesn’t end there though- I am also committed to teaching you how to continue working with your dog so you feel confident in your ability to face challenges together.

A Word about Punishment

Too often owners are told to punish their dogs for undesirable behavior or that they need to “show them who is boss.” This advice is outdated and often does more harm than good. 

 The problem with punishment:

  • Though it may stop behavior in the moment, it is not an effective long-term solution
  • Timing is critical, and punishment is often delivered too late. If you punish your dog for a behavior that happened longer than a couple seconds ago, your dog likely will not make the connection between the punishment and the behavior 
  • It does not teach your dog what you want them TO do instead 
  • It can have unintended negative consequences such as the development of fear or anxiety, and can damage the relationship between you and your dog