9. Mindful Dog Training
- 3 years in business
- 1 hire on Thumbtack
- Serves Zion, IL
"Mindful Dog Training provides a customized program tailored to you and your dog. We address the imediate concerns while also building on the basics that will serve as the frame work for the relationship and perhaps more advanced training for fun or utility. My most commonly used approach is: See, Mark, Reward, (see a good behavior, mark it with verbal cue and reward with praise-pets- and treats) but also often use combinations of tools and techniques as the situation requires. Every dog is different, every situation is different. Some dogs would greatly benefit from a group class, but need help getting under control enough to attend class. We work together to get your pack on track and then explore what local resources you would need or simply like to use. If you have an extreme situation I have contacts with specialists in the area and will happily refer you to them. One size rarely fits all. Most important is - that you and your pack get the answers you need, I am a lighthouse on the journey.
Psychology has always interested me. I think it is amazing that a conflict or frustration can be solved by changing nothing more than our way of looking at the world. Dog behavior is in some ways more rewarding than working with people since they are not creatures with a hidden agenda or alterior motives. Mostly they want to please you and have a few simple needs to fulfill their Dog Life. But it gets confusing when they proudly present a chewed slipper. You think "It was mine, I like it, you killed it, cause you are a bad dog!" The dog thinks, perhaps, "I found this thing, killed it and brought it to you to show my value as a provider!" Getting the dogs actions and understanding to match ours is one of the most fun and educatioanal things we can do. It teaches us patience and self control while also helping us to see things through the eyes of others. We get life lessons and a thankful, furry friend."