Working with dogs and dog owners is a passion of mine. It brings me great joy to know that the work I am doing is improving the quality of the lives of a dog and owner. My appreciation for dog training comes from a deep and sincere recognition of the bond that exists between canine and man. After many years of study of the behavioral motivations of dogs, I have developed a training process that will give you the skills and confidence to clearly communicate your expectations to your dog in a way that will make your dog happy to please you.
In my mind, you and your dog deserve a pleasurable and fulfilled life. I find it very satisfying to help people and dogs remove the barriers to finding this joyful connection. The primary reason most people have dogs is to share affection. Unfortunately for many dog owners, the thing a dog needs the most out of a relationship is not affection, but rather structure. The key to a happy and healthy relationship with your dog is finding the right balance that meets the primary needs of both you and your dog. Long ago, I once had to have a dog that I raised from a pup put down because he bit someone. This was not a choice I made lightly and was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. I have a very close friend that had a similar experience, and with a golden retriever no less.
Nobody ever told me or my friend that we had to train our dogs not to bite people — but that is exactly what is necessary. In the absence of clear leadership, a dog will instinctively assert itself and attempt to be the pack leader. This is why it’s essential to make sure that your dog knows at all times that you are the one in control and making the decisions. That way your dog doesn’t feel the need to take control of any situation. Another way of looking at this is that dog misbehavior is usually the result of miscommunication. Either you aren’t getting the message across to your dog that you are the pack leader in all situations, or your dog recognizes you as the pack leader, but doesn’t clearly understand your expectations. Unfortunately, you could be doing 95% of the things you should be doing to demonstrate to your dog that you are the pack leader, but by not doing only one or two things it sends your dog a mixed message and causes your dog to question your authority in those situations or in all situations. By watching the way you interact with your dog, I can determine where this process is being derailed and show you what you need to do differently to put things back on track.