Helping You Build a Solid, Lasting Relationship With Your Dog
I am a professional who finds the best method possible to teach you to have the relationship with your dog that you’ve always wanted. Have you attended a class or had lessons with other trainers, and you didn’t get the results you expected? Let me help. No tool or method works for every dog.
Dogs live in a hierarchal system that depends upon someone being in charge. The “leader of the pack” must be gentle and fair, but firm. A dog respects the leader who takes charge of the relationship in a way that the dog can easily understand. A true leader does not need harsh physical force to lead–he or she earns the respect of the “led.” A true leader uses clear communication skills to make it easy for the dog to learn–these include lots of rewards for good behaviors and negative consequences for the behaviors you don’t like. A true leader learns to guide the dog through what is expected in a way that fosters relationship, not competition. You do not need to compete against your dog, or “dominate” him to train him. Leaders are clear, calm, and have expectations of behavior. I will show you how to lead.
As with anything, attitude is what makes it or breaks it. You will need to approach your training endeavor with heart and mind. You will have daily homework assignments once you begin training your dog, and they will be fun! The more energy and enthusiasm you put into them, the faster your dog will learn. I believe that you can train a dog in as little as 18 minutes a day. But you have to do it. Don’t you owe your dog 18 minutes of guidance a day?
Often, life gets in the way. I will tailor your training regimen to suit your needs (and your dog’s) as much as I possibly can. You are going to be the one training the dog–I will be your coach and mentor. I will show you how to use the tools, and I will make sure you understand. That’s my job.
Currently, I offer bargain-priced Basic and Intermediate Obedience Classes at the Atlanta Humane Society ; private training in your home in Metro Atlanta (fees are on a “by-the-hour” basis); private training at the Atlanta Humane Society, and consultations for housebreaking and other behavior issues that may not require repeat visits. I have lots of experience with adopted/rescued dogs, and small/toy breeds are also some of my personal favorites to train. I have several in-home packages as well as “a la carte” lessons.
Behavior/Training Manager, Atlanta Humane Society (since 2000)
E-Touch certified graduate, International School for Dog Trainers, January, 2005
Professional Member (17 years) and Board of Directors member (7 years): International Association of Canine Professionals
Member: Association of Professional Dog Trainers
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