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Training Tips

Useful Resources

Reading Suggestions

  • Meet Your Dog by Kim Brophy
  • The Power of Positive Dog Training by Pat Miller
  • The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson
  • The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell
  • How Dogs Learn by Mary R. Burch & Jon S. Bailey
  • Dogs by Raymond & Lorna Coppinger
  • On Talking Terms with Dogs by Turid Rugaas
  • Decoding Your Dog by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

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Our Approach

Our approach is to teach owners how to teach, guide and navigate their dogs to success. We do this by providing one-on-one lessons that are customized for each dog and owner.

 

Owners will learn how to:

  • Train and work with their dog
  • Change behavior & manage behavior
  • Understand their dog and why their dog does what he/she does
  • Set their dog up for success in & out of the home
  • Create clear and consistent rules & boundaries
  • Develop a lasting and enjoyable relationship

Training is provided using positive reinforcement-based methods and a LIMA approach (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive)

Benefits of Positive Reinforcement & LIMA Training

What is Positive Reinforcement?

Positive reinforcement means reinforcing your dog for doing the right behavior. When teaching a dog skills, we want to reinforce their behavior. When a behavior is reinforced, it is likely to be repeated. Reinforcement can be in the form of treats, toys, praise etc. Through clear reinforcement, practice and consistency, the goal is to get your dog to respond to cues with little to no food.

What is LIMA?

LIMA is an acronym that refers to "Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive." Trainers and behavior consultants who follow the principles of LIMA adhere to least intrusive, minimally aversive strategies to achieve the best outcome for success when training or addressing behavior concerns. Click here to learn more about LIMA.

Benefits

✓ Proven results for both training & behavior modification for dogs of all ages and breeds
✓ Training becomes enjoyable for your dog as he/she gets rewarded for a job well done
✓ Teaches skills while setting boundaries and rules in a clear and consistent manner
✓ Fosters a powerful relationship between the dog & dog owner using a friendly & humane approach