How It’s Done
Our method is to teach practical tricks and appropriate limits in both behavior and attitude.
We employ none of the “alpha dog” or “pack leader” dominance centered methods that define other popular training approaches. We don’t profess to speak dog and don’t expect the dog to speak or comprehend English or any other human language. What we do want is to establish a method of communication with the pet to direct its behavior and attitude.
Attitude is everything in a companion dog and so we design everything we teach to foster cooperation over competition from your pet. Training responses such as Come, Sit, Down, Stay and proper leash walking are thought of as tricks cued by you with hand signals and spoken words.
Training is done with a leather or nylon buckle collar and leash. No chain, no clickers and very few treats.
We show you how to apply academic principles of reinforcement to promote appropriate behavior from your dog. We suggest to you how to manage the dog’s environment to prevent inappropriate learning leading to problematic behavior and we teach you humane and effective punishment procedures to inhibit inappropriate behavior.
Utilized together, these three methodologies gives you the best training tools to produce a well-balanced companion dog, one that is subordinate yet confident, playful and yet responsive to you at home and in public on leash.