All too often I see dog owners either using out-dated training methods, or misunderstanding their dog's body language. The communication is misunderstood which leads to frustration, and confusion from both parties. Understanding your dog’s body language and knowing what motivates your dog to respect boundaries is done with the most up-to-date training method called positive reward-based training.

My Approach

Dogs learn by consequence and by association, and with positive reinforcement, I teach classical and counter conditioning with desensitizing, luring and extinction techniques to modify behaviour. I have extensive training in: breed genetics and effects on temperament, dog behaviour, body language and signals. The latest in today’s training techniques are used to get your dog in sync with you and to educate you on the language of dog so to speak. I simplify these techniques and put into layman’s terms for you to understand your dog’s behaviour so you can learn how to train and communicate effectively with your dog. My training course was very hands-on and I obtained 51 hours of experience at the training centre and the dog shelter where dogs had various behavioural issues, including jumping, pulling on leash, and reactivity to other dogs. I enjoyed the segment on animal behaviour the most and using that information with the training techniques is one of my stronger traits.

Mission Statement

Combining your dog’s loyalty and trust with his/her desire to learn in a reciprocal - respectful manner, I will educate and train both dog guardians and their dogs to develop a lasting bond of trust and communication. The result will be a dog that is respectful, knows his/her boundaries and looks up to you for guidance and protection.

Training Philosophy

Using very forceful methods is what professional trainers call “flooding” and is considered out-dated. It is not a positive way to handle a dog. The methods I use are up to date and the results are quick. My role models are Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr. Sofia Yin, and locally from UBC, Dr. Stanley Coren, the psychology professor who lectures on the understanding of canine behaviour. I move at your dog’s pace of learning. An untrained and unaware trainer can cause psychological damage to your dog, especially if they use flooding methods. A dog should never ever be forced to be put in a highly stressful situation. There should never be excessively heavy-handed solutions. Positive reinforcement training is the only way to go. In positive training trainers use treats, favourite toys and favourite play for motivation and association. A dog learns much more quickly with positive reinforcement and they enjoy the training. Dogs don’t enjoy shock collars and therefore that kind of training will only be unpleasant for your dog. Constant punishment does not set your dog up for success; it only causes an unhappy dog and a poor relationship between the owner and dog. The devotedness and readiness to please will slowly extinguish away and cause psychological damage. Dogs are creatures of habit, they know you better than you know yourself. Giving time to train your dog keeps your dog’s mind active. I will explain and educate you on training techniques, so your dog will retain the training when consistently applied by all handlers within your family. I will show you how to become an effective leader that your dog looks up to for direction and protection. In the end your dog will respect the boundaries you set as a calm, consistent, and effective communicator.
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