HOW I DO IT
|I have been training dogs since the mid-1970’s when I started with my Old English Sheepdog. I competed with him in AKC obedience and fell in love with dog training.
My next dogs were Bearded Collies — a fun, wonderful breed — I did competition with them as well as herding.
I taught classes in the Portland area and then continued here in the Kitsap County where I was lucky enough to work with Shade Whitesel — an incomparable trainer from whom I learned LOTS!! Over the years my training style has evolved to become much more positive with much less punishment.
Training should be FUN!
If it’s not, you’re not doing it right!
While I am open to different training methods, I train as much as possible using positive reinforcement. You may have noticed that dogs do things that reward them — and they will do them over and over again. It is so much better to use that natural desire to achieve the behaviors that we desire than to try and force the dog to do what we want.
For example: If your dog learns that walking on a loose leash is more fun than pulling you, then that is what the dog will do — he will simply default to that behavior.
If your dog learns that it’s more fun to look at you than to bark at another dog, then that is what they will do — because they want to, not because you yelled at them or squirted them with water.
Positive reinforcement training results in a happy, well-adjusted dog that is not living in fear of a correction or punishment.
I specialize in obedience training including household manners. While I can and do work with some behavior issues, if you have a serious behavior problem I will refer you to someone who specializes in that.