Training Philosophy

Dog training is an unregulated industry, so in the US, there are no legal or educational requirements to be a trainer.  Any method is allowed, including electric shock, and there’s no overseeing authority ensuring people who call themselves trainers actually have a working, scientific understanding of animal learning and behavior. There is no consumer protection and no recourse if someone hurts or makes your dog’s problem worse. That’s why it is so important that while you’re searching for a trainer that you know who you will be entrusting your furry family member to. Ask questions and demand transparency.  We vow to be completely transparent with our answers and methods, as we have nothing to hide. See all of our credentials, certifications, affiliations and continuing education here.

We will never hurt, coerce, scare or “dominate” your dog in any way.  We are 100% committed to science-based, force free training, which uses rewards (never fear or pain) to motivate and train your dog.  That’s part of why we’re vet recommended!

In fact, we feel so strongly about using non-aversive techniques that we are Pet Professional Guild (PPG) partners for their Project tRade program.  If you’re currently using aversives (prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like) to train, please read more about Project tRade here.

We are “changing hearts and training minds!” to help you better communicate what you’d like your dog to do and not do, improving your relationship and bond with each other.

Want to read more about working with us?  Read our Client Testimonials!  Or what to expect during your initial consult.


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