Methods and Philosophy: Reinforced actions will be repeated; by either producing or withholding rewards we can modify behavior. This simple idea is applicable in all areas: teaching your dog to come when called, run through agility courses, not to pull on the leash or jump up on strangers, and so on. These methods are appropriate for trainers of all ages and skill levels, and likewise appropriate for dogs of all sizes and temperaments. Terms such as "positive reinforcement" or "reward-based training" are catchy but they do not fully encompass my training philosophy and methods. I simply base my efforts on the application of learning theory as currently understood by science. In my application of these principles I aim to keep my training as efficient, humane, and fun for both the handler and the dog as possible.


While dogs can certainly be trained by yelling, jerking, poking, pinching, shocking, and "dominating" (please see the links below), these methods are outdated, some are scientifically invalid, and they can have many unwanted side effects while severely damaging your relationship with your dog (particularly if applied by amateur trainers). My techniques for modifying behavior are flexible and I believe dogs should be trained as individuals. However, I do not recommend the use of force, fear, or intimidation in organized training programs. 


Education: I have been training dogs for over 15 years and work diligently to stay abreast of current research regarding canine behavior and learning theory. I am currently about halfway through my university education and formally study veterinary medicine, neuroscience, and behavior analysis at Washington State University.



Check out some of these links to learn more about dog training and behavior:

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) - For Pet Owners - Dog Training Myths
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) - Pet Behavior - Position Statement on Dominance Theory
Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) - Behavior Science

Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS - "The Dominance Controversy"






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