Are you struggling with your dog’s behavior?
Is your dog a selective listener?
Want your walks to be more enjoyable?
Have you tried training but are frustrated with a lack of results?
You’ve come to the right place.
We can help!
MY TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
- Obedience training is a way of life, not a series of parlor tricks.
- The goal is to establish a line of communication with your dog in a way s/he can understand so you are essentially speaking the same language. Think of it as a conversation you’ll be having that will get easier over time so that you can have an effective partnership with your dog.
- Most behavior problems are due to stress and boredom. An untrained dog living with a human has a certain level of built-in stress because the human may not communicate effectively and is oftentimes inconsistent in their communication. Coupled with a lack of mental stimulation in their daily lives, dogs get bored and find ways to entertain themselves, thereby relieving stress.
- Continuing education is important in any field, therefore I have studied numerous training methods and proper use of various training tools. I like to keep my toolbox full so I can help as many dogs and people as possible. My experience and education has taught me to always read the dog - s/he will tell you what works and what doesn’t.
- Leadership 101 - all of the knowledge and tools in the world won’t influence a dog’s behavior if your dog doesn’t view you as the leader. Leadership is NOT about being alpha nor dominant; I think these behavior terms are often misunderstood and misused. To me a good leader is clear, consistent, fair and predictable, and fulfills the needs of the dog.
- I consider myself a holistic dog trainer meaning I consider the whole dog including health, nutrition, gait and structure. Just like with humans, I believe these things affect how we feel which affects how we behave. I am continually studying how these affect behavior and the ability of dogs to learn and maintain their training goals.
- I recommend obedience training for every dog. My motto is “Every Dog Deserves an Education!” A trained dog has more freedom and a better quality of life; s/he is able to go more places with you because she is obedient, confident, well mannered, and therefore a joy to be around. Trained or untrained, which do you prefer?
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Ruby-doo and Pauline Houliaras, CPT, IACP-CDT, CDTA, PDTI.
CPT = Certified Professional Trainer
CDT = Certified Dog Trainer
CDTA = Certified Dog Trainer, Advanced
PDTI - Professional Dog Training Instructor