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Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of training methods do you use?

All strategies fall under the umbrella of positive reinforcement methods. I do not use aversive methods or equipment and help clients move away from dependence on such tools.  

What do you do if a dog does something "wrong?"

If a dog isn't behaving the way we need or expected, that is a sign that their training is incomplete or they are overwhelmed by the situation. In these cases, I correct the training plan, not the dog, so we set them up for success.

What types of rewards do you use?

Most lessons include food as a reward, especially in the beginning. Instruction includes how to use food strategically, so you aren't reliant on food to get a response from your dog. We also integrate "real-life" rewards throughout the program, using play and other rewards, where appropriate.

What types of equipment do you use/recommend?

Every dog is an individual, so what I recommend will vary, but may include leather or biothane leashes, front-clip harnesses, and enrichment/puzzle feeders. In some cases, a basket muzzle may be part of the training program.

Do you have experience with [breed] or [behavior]?

With almost 25 years of experience, I've worked with over 250 breeds, including rare and primitive breeds - and a few wolves/wolfdogs. During my career, I have worked with every type of behavior challenge from unusual to dangerous. 

The one behavior I don't cover is separation anxiety. I recommend the experts at Mission Possible.

When are your appointments scheduled?

In general, my in-person appointments are held Thursday-Saturday between 11-6 pm, and remote sessions are scheduled Tuesday-Friday between 12-6 pm. I am able to make exceptions in some cases. Please ask.

What kind of dog do you have?

My dog, Simon, is a Cattle Dog/Bluetick Coonhound mix who came into the shelter where I worked and was flagged for serious behavior challenges. We've come a long way since then and he even assists me with reactive dogs.

What else should I know about you?

I am a human-oriented dog trainer, which means I care as much about your success as your dog's. I can always adapt an exercise or training plan to be more practical for you. 

I am a proud ally of the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in my business and personal life.

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