I believe that a beautiful relationship

between person and dog

is good for the soul.

 

I believe that a beautiful relationship

between person and dog

makes the world a better place.

 

I believe that a beautiful relationship

between person and dog

starts with effective communication.

 

That’s why I’m here,

passionate about dog training.

Private dog trainer in North County San Diego available for in home or out in public work with you and your dog.

My training philosophy:

I believe that teaching dogs what to do gives us more opportunities to praise and reward our dogs. I believe in:

  1. praising and rewarding good behavior
  2. preventing/interrupting unwanted behaviors
  3. replacing unwanted behaviors with good behaviors.

 

Today, there is a wide variety of training techniques, but the three most prevalent ones are:

  • Positive training. Some trainers use what is often referred to as purely positive training. No corrections at all are used, and the dog is helped to do the right thing and then rewarded for it. Most positive trainers use a clicker, and all use either food or other motivators, depending on the dog.
  • Compulsive training. Usually forceful. The dog is taught to avoid an uncomfortable or even painful stimulus by performing the correct action or command.
  • Balanced training. Balanced training uses select techniques from both sides. Balanced trainers feel the positive techniques can be powerful training tools and use them eagerly, but that dogs can also learn from making a mistake. Letting the dog know that he has made a mistake may range from withholding a treat and praise to giving a verbal correction or a snap and release of the leash. After any “mistake”, we try again and help the dog make the right choice.

 

My personal style is mostly “balanced”, with strong tendencies to being as “positive” as I can.

No matter what techniques are used, dogs need to be taught what to do rather than only being corrected for bad behavior.

When a dog knows what acceptable behavior is and is consistently rewarded for doing it, he no longer needs to do the “bad” behavior. For example, dogs jump on people out of excitement and to greet people face to face—a very natural behavior for dogs. They don’t understand, however, that jumping on people ruins clothes and knocks people down. A dog can be corrected in any number of ways not to jump up, but if he is only corrected, he will continue to jump up because he doesn’t know what to do to get the attention he wants. In addition, with the corrections, he will become more and more anxious. However, if he is taught to sit and is greeted and petted in the sitting position, he no longer needs to jump up. The jumping will disappear.

My goal is to help dogs and their families build

relationships of love and respect.