Training Philosophy

My goal in providing training is to assure that pet owners understand how to raise and train their dogs to be good companions. To train dogs you need to learn how to communicate with your dog in a way that your dog understands. You need a common language and understanding of that language by both you and the dog. You will teach your dog this language. Certain words and phrases will tell your dog which behaviors you want him to exhibit and which you wish to extinguish.   

Training your dog effectively impacts your dog's behavior.  Those behaviors that are rewarded will be exhibited more often. Those behaviors that are ignored or redirected will extinguish. Often times owners need to change what they do to enact a change in the dog. Dogs learn better when owners are consistent about what they expect, enforce the rules and reinforce consistently.   

In the initial stages, the words you are using will have little meaning so it is important that you use your body to convey your meaning. Dogs understand body language, gestures and tone of voice. Dogs will follow commands when they understand what you want and are sufficient motivated to cooperate. To enhance understanding, the same words or phrases will label desired behaviors. To motivate you will make training fun and play-like. Repetition will be necessary so you will train and then you will use the exercises to control your dog's behavior in daily situations. In the beginning, you will use more tangible rewards to motivate your dog as well as praise, petting, and play.


The magic ingredient in training is consistency. Consistency makes the dog’s task of learning appropriate behaviors easier. Dogs don’t understand gray areas, such as “sometimes”, “perhaps”, and “maybe”. Therefore, be consistent in the demands you place on your pet. Work with other family members to decide which rules he must obey and always enforce them. Don’t confuse your pet by sometimes allowing him to do unacceptable things. This will result in hap­hazard training and can have disastrous effects.




Training your pet requires a commitment on your part. You have to work hard to get your dog to learn effectively and respond appropriately to you. Training your dog often becomes a matter of who is more persistent. Some things will be learned easily and others will take more time. Keep trying, until you achieve success. Be patient and remain calm. It may take many repetitions before your dog understands a command and responds each and every time. You are expected to attend class and required to practice the exercises you learn at home. Practicing on a daily basis and integrating learned behaviors into your dog’s daily routine yield the best results.






All rellationships are based upon communication. Your dog communicates with you in many ways. But, if he could talk, he might say:


You can force me obey, but

                               you won’t be proud of the way I work.

                                        Be kind and I will please you!

Play with me! I’m always ready for a game!

Give me lots of praise for I prize it above all.

Be fair. 
Make sure that I understand what you want.

Have patience, for I can only absorb so much.

Be consistent so that I won’t be confused.

Give me confidence and security.

Flatter me, if you like!

Training is hard work. Don’t over train me.

Keep me from getting bored.

I can get into trouble when I’m bored.

Don’t expect miracles. Habits are hard to break.

Work with me at our relationship.

                Change some of your behaviors too.