My training philosophy is that every dog and person is an individual and that there is no “one size fits all” approach. Dog training isn’t just about dogs – the human end of the leash is equally important. I will work with both you and your dog and listen to your needs.
My goal is that you have a clear understanding of how to teach your dog what you want him to learn. I have been an instructor in different fields for my entire adult working life and bring to my dog training classes a wealth of experience working with people as well as training dogs. I draw on the skills I have acquired through all these experiences: strong communication skills, the ability to break down issues and behaviours into smaller, manageable components and to explain steps clearly and systematically.
I have trained my own dogs in competition obedience, rally, agility, scent detection and tracking and am certified through the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (www.nadoi.com). By training different dogs in multiple sports, I learn more about different approaches and acquire skills that I can transfer from one activity to benefit another. Staying up to date on training methods through taking courses and workshops with leading trainers, I continue to learn more and more techniques to achieve the behaviours you want in your dog.
Training is not just about obedience. It is also about relationship-building and having fun with your dog. My aim is for our beloved four-legged friends to have rich lives through both mental and physical exercise and for people to have a companion that brings them pride and joy both in the home and out in the world.
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