dog training and dog walking
For the strength of the wolf is the pack,and the strength pack is the wolf. -R. Kipling
My goal, whether in training or in walking, is to instill a sense of balance in our canine friends lives. This "balance" can be achieved, simply enough, with exercise, discipline and affection. This equation is universal within the dog training community and is the absolute foundation of my business.
Every dog and dog owner are different and require a tailor made solution to achieve the results desired. I will show you hands-on techniques and mental strategies that empower you, educate you and provide you with an internal confidence that will enhance and solidify your relationship with your canine friend.
[Paris- giving me everything that I want...and more]
In the training sessions I will show you the proper way to manage the tools that you are already have (leash and collar) and other tools that you may have never used (clicker, chuck it, e-collar). My main focus though, is going to be with you, the owner, not the dog. In most cases the dogs are the easy part. They tend to "get the program" much quicker then us humans, because they watch us all the time. In fact everything you do and how you act and react is being read by your dog. They know us better then we will ever know them. That's what makes dogs so remarkable. They are utterly in tune with our emotions and states of being.
Reading your dogs "signals" are critically important to understanding what your dog is communicating to you, to other humans and to other dogs. I will interpret those signals for you in a concise, well-informed, well timed and hopefully, funny way. Humor, I find is the best weapon against our frustrations, anxieties and fears. Confidence is another important part of the equation and does grow with time. There will be occasional set backs, but I look at them as opportunities. How we look at an event often dictates our reaction to the event. For example, let's say your dog gets into it with a White German Sheppard and you carry that event with you by avoiding all future encounters with White German Sheppard's, you are actually reinforcing your dogs inability to deal with White German Sheppard's, as well as other kinds of dogs with a similar emotional state as our Sheppard friend. We will go through the appropriate scenarios of, how to, when to and why to in each and every encounter we come upon. Questions like,"why are thresholds, doors and gates" so important? What are "displacement" behaviors? How to recognize a "good dog" or stable role model for your dog from a "bad dog" or unstable role model. When to and how to correct an "unwanted or detrimental" behavior and when to and how to reward a "positive or wanted" behavior or when to ignore the behavior all together. I will leave no stone unturned. We will go through it together with calmness and assertiveness, no matter how chaotic and severe it may be, the storm will pass and the light at the end of the tunnel will become as bright as day. All I ask is that you are honest and willing to participate.
Dog walking and dog training are, for the most part, one in the same. I use the same principles and architecture, (exercise, discipline and affection) except on the walks I'm working solely with the dogs. The walks themselves are a minimum of 45 minutes, but usually last for an hour or so. Each walk is structured in a way that benefits each and every dog. I strongly encourage you to see the group walks for yourself. What the "Dog Walking" part of my business is really about is giving you, the owner, peace of mind. You'll be able to let go of the guilt you feel when leaving your dog alone for the day and experience a sense of relief knowing that an enriching, fulfilling, beautiful day lies ahead for your canine buddy.
[This is what "peace of mind" looks like]