Before opening The Well-Mannered Dog, people would ask me for dog training advice. They would see “Little Bit” or “Flury” behave and they would ask “how do I get my dog too …”. Perfect strangers would stop and ask, friends, family, co-workers would ask for advice. And so I gave it. But I knew, 1 little tip was not enough. The people needed continued help to develop their skills enough to have an impact on their dog’s behavior. And then 1 person (a co-worker) gave me advice. He said, “you need to start a dog training business” and I am sooo glad he did.
Many people think I am lucky because I get to work with a lot of dogs. And I am. But more importantly, I am lucky because I get to work with the people who own the dogs. I get to help them learn to communicate with their dog, how to understand the needs of their dog and how to develop an incredible relationship. I am here for you, the person. You will be supported with visual demonstrations, written handouts and some video examples of the training. In addition, I am here for you with both phone and e-mail help between lessons.
We Use Positive Reinforcement Training Methods
Training is at its best when dynamic scientific and humane training methods are implemented for teaching both the owner and dog. We never use techniques that cause pain, fear or stress (choke chains, pinch, shock collars or physical or verbal corrections). This also means you will be treated warmly, with kindness and in a friendly fashion. Although owners learn how to train their dog using positive methods, they also learn how to set effective limits and how to humanely change rude behavior.
My vast experience is hard to beat with over 37 years experience working with dogs and their people. This means I know how to get the results you want so you can have a dog you can trust to behave at home and in public. I have extensive experience working with all types of dogs, their unique difficulties and personalities and my knowledges has been tested by The Certification Counsel For Professional Dog Trainers.
I believe education of our peers is important:
I have been a speaker at the:
1997, 1998, 1999 - guest speaker on the Lewis & Bark Radio Show
2002 & 2004 Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ Conference.
2015 - Present - Consultant & Speaker for EWEB & SUB – Dog Safety
I Believe in Continuing Education and have attended:
Behavior Rx The Art of Counseling Pet Owners 3 Day Course - 1993
Looking At Aggression Seminar presented by John Fisher - 1996
Chicken Camp - 2004, 2006
Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference -2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2013
Clicker Expo - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
The role of nutrition in behavior therapy by Dr. Lore Haug - 2015
Creating Your Dream Team – with Michelle Pouliot - 2016
Karen Pryor Acadamy - Puppy Start Right Program - 2016
Fenzie Dog Sports Academy Courses - 2017, 2018, 2019