Dogs and people have evolved together. As we get busier, our physical world gets denser, we start to ask our dogs for a lot more than they are designed for. The dogs natural world becomes our homes, a city park, or a one hour walk on leash or play at a local park. We expect them to adjust to our lives and live in our world and they do. Some better than others. We have put them in our environment, so how can we help them to be the best they can be? We follow best practices to increase resilience and empower your dog to build trust and connection with you.
Let us help you to create a positive, long lasting relationships with you and your dog one adventure at a time.
The 4 Pillars To a Well Adjusted Dog is the foundational training framework created to address behaviour from puppyhood to maturity. The 4 pillars include Dog-Dog Socialization, Human-Dog Experience, Bravery and Chill Ability. Within this framework we address the following: Adventures out and about, being proactive vs. reactive, building relationship and meeting your dogs needs.
My Training Philosophy:
- I choose to cultivate positive experiences, using practical skills to build behaviours, so your dog grows up to be a well adjusted part of your family.
- I use humane, reward-based and science-based methods to train dogs. In order to ensure best practices, I pursue and maintain competence in the field of animal behaviour and dog training through continuing education courses and hands-on experience.
- I am committed to Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive (LIMA) strategies to help build trusting relationships with the dogs that I train. LIMA does not justify the use of punishment in lieu of other effective interventions and strategies. As a dog trainer I am committed to increasing the use of positive reinforcement and eliminating the use of punishment when working with animal and human clients.
- I believe the foundation of all training should be based on positive reinforcement. I focus on reinforcing desired behaviors and always ask the question, “What do you want the animal to do?” Relying on punishment in training does not answer this question, and therefore offers no acceptable behaviour for the animal to learn to replace the unwanted behaviour.
- I choose to follow the “Hierarchy of Procedures for Humane and Effective Practice” by Susan Friedman when making training and behaviour modification decisions which guides me in my decision-making process during training and behaviour modification: Hierarchy Road Map Curve2