I offer in-home private training, which can happen in a variety of ways. People have all kinds of different lifestyles, needs, constraints, and availability so we can work together to find a (sometimes necessarily creative) solution in order to help you and your dog toward a positive working relationship. I also offer dog walking, dog walking combined with dog training, day training, and also dog boarding and/or dog boarding combined with training on a select basis.
I think that most of us enjoy getting along socially and want to feel successful with other members of our families and communities, and, since our pets belong to both, I believe it's critical that we help them to do both as well .
So, good communication is key. I think it's important that we teach our dogs how to fit into our families and communities...teach them what to do (and what not to do)...so that they can be successful and we enjoy having them around. Basic manners (obedience) help our dogs to know what to do and, when communication is good, we can all feel more relaxed and happy with each other.
My training is positive, including positive discipline and behavior modification. I train dogs so that they know what is wanted of them, so that they know what is ok and what is not ok. Dogs should have a firm understanding of what is expected of them and abide by the boundaries set by the human leaders. When this happens and is successful, dogs tend to be very well behaved and feel much more at ease (since they can just relax and let the humans make all the important decisions).
Sometimes training is about all the fun (for example, when you want to teach your dog to participate in agility or learn tricks). Sometimes there are issues or challenges that come up; sometimes those challenges are not such a big deal and sometimes they are a big deal. I can help you to have more fun with your dog and I can also help you to solve problems.
Finally, it’s super important that kids and dogs (as well as dogs with other pets) have safe and, ideally, fun relationships with each other, so one of my areas of focus is in doing just that: helping kids and dogs (as well as dogs with other pets) to interact appropriately so that they can live together safely and ideally be good friends.
With that, two areas where I have special experience, and are also often problem areas:
It's really important that everyone in a family feels and is safe. I can help make those relationships functional and, ideally, wonderful.