Philosophy

Philosophy

What We Believe

Mindful Dog Training is for people who want to teach their dogs to be well-adjusted and well-behaved members of the family, using dog-friendly methods that produce solid results.

My emphasis is on fostering stronger communication between human and dog through the use of positive methods. Make no mistake – positive does not equal permissive!!! It means focusing on how to teach our dogs how to get it right, instead of focusing on how to punish them for making mistakes. It also means being aware of our dogs’ limits so that we can do our best to set them up for success. We often unwittingly put our dogs in situations they don’t have the skills or ability to handle, and then get angry and frustrated with them for acting out. In my opinion, just as much – if not more – emphasis should be on adjusting what the human side of the equation is doing.

It is important to keep in mind that our dogs are living in a world that forces them to inhibit most of their instincts, and often don’t have adequate means to channel their energy and frustration. On top of that, we often expect them to know how to behave in a given situation, even though we really haven’t spent a lot of time – if any – providing the guidance and instruction they require.

Many people have learned that if your dogs know you are in charge, they will do whatever you want. Being a strong leader with clear, consistent boundaries should absolutely be the foundation of any training and behavior modification program. However, that is only the beginning.

Please contact me if you prefer to use methods that create an environment of love and trust without resorting to outmoded punishment based methods. Many trainers who use those methods still insist that dog training that is compassionate and enjoyable can’t be effective and reliable. They are wrong! In fact, harsh methods not only compromise the human-dog bond, they often create new problems and exacerbating existing ones.

I will instead provide you with the knowledge, support, and dog-friendly* techniques you need to resolve existing problems and prevent new ones from developing.

*Dog-friendly – No choke chains, shock collars, or rough physical handling. Methods directed at getting your dog to listen to you because he understands and trusts you, not because he fears you.

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