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Making Dog Training FUN! Dog Training and behavior modifications, utilizing positive and humane methods of communicating with your dog. Dog Sports and unique classes, herding lessons for herding breeds. Available for speaking engagements, seminars and clinics on Urban Search and Rescue work with canines, herding and basic dog training. I have been involved with training dogs for 20 years and have received a hall of fame designation for my kennel. I have been active in all kinds of dog sports including agility, herding, obedience, conformation, flyball, frisbee and more recently schutzhund. I have a bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and utilize proven, research based training methods for dogs. I have titled dogs to agility championships, conformation championships, herding championships and trained & certified 3 federal disaster urban search and resuce dogs through FEMA. I am a federal evaluator and approved federal instructor for the FEMA k9 urban search and rescue program. I have been involved with Rescue and have fostered and transported many dogs over the years. My training methods are based on positive methods (shaping and positive reinforcement) combined with fair and consistent expectations and rules for your dog, based on YOUR needs and what works for you and your family and dog. I work to meet the needs of both the owner and the dog and specialize in improving communication between the dog and owner...so that training and communicating your expectations to your dog and your dog communicating their own unique needs and how they see their world from a dog's perspective, become a foundation for your training and relationship with your dog!
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- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Research your trainer. Make sure their philosophies and training theories match your own goals for your dog. Check their background and experience and look for certifications and indications of their abilities to train a dog. Find a trainer who genuinely enjoys working with dogs and approaches their training through a positive approach but who also maintains fair and consistent expectations and rules for your dog, based on your needs and goals for your pet.