My Philosophy

I believe in creating a two-way street of communication between you and your dog so that you can build a satisfying relationship. When we have a plan and know how to address behavior that we do not like, we spend less time feeling concerned, embarrassed, frustrated or stressed because we know what to do instead.

By learning to attach words to specific behaviors through dog training, you will develop tools that can be used across any situation throughout your dog’s life (and with any dogs you may have, or encounter in the future!).

I believe that only positive and painless principles are required to get your dog to listen. I only recommend methods that are humane and force-free, which are practiced by peer professionals in the dog training industry and in the field of applied behavior analysis.

Training should be fun for you and your dog! There’s absolutely no reason to use or promote methods and devices which force, hurt, intimidate, scare or are otherwise considered inhumane. This includes, but is not limited to, aversion methods and equipment such as prong collars, pinch collars, shock collars or choke chains.

Suppressing behavior through such devices does not change how a dog feels about their fears and creates potentially dangerous alternative behaviors. This doesn’t mean that you cannot use them, but my aim is to show you why you do not need them, the potential fallout of using them and how to use them responsibly until our time together is complete (with the eventual goal of getting you to change your mindset regarding ‘quick fixes’).

There are no quick fixes for aggression, fear and reactivity. Nor can results be achieved in a single session. Behavior modification is a time intensive process that requires a strong relationship of trust to be successful.

In kind, this philosophy helps to set a responsible example for other dog lovers to follow so that together we can make our canine communities (and culture) a safer place for everyone.