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The Mindful Canine-Human Educator

Our Behavioral Foundation is customized for each individual dog with a primary focus on building a dog's skill set to cope with the world and their perception of their world. We have our own integrative approach that unifies seemingly separate causes of behavioral issues to embody a holistic, unique and comprehensive relationship-centered approach to modify behavior.  REAL Animal Sanctuary and Behavioral Solutions Foundation is also committed to educating dog guardians on the whole dog; their mind-body connections and brain-behavior synergy.  Throughout our behavioral teamwork you will see how we reaffirm the importance of the relationships and interconnectedness between dog and world, human and dog, canine to canine as well as your dog's fluency in different environments. Dogs are energy and we consider optimal functioning to happen when various aspects of a dog are integrated into a harmonious organization capable of balanced healthy mind states and behaviors. Above all we dedicate our time and passion to coaching and being a support system to the other end of the leash: the person.  You will learn to be an effective communicator with a mindfulness to have consistent human behavior so your dog too can offer consistent behavior.  We will unify your skill set as a handler and grow your dog with a fun, positive, kind, ethical, respectful, effective, empowering, science-based and unparalleled way!

I have a BA in Behavior Science and a Masters in Psychology. My knowledge, experience, science-based eclectic and holistic educational approach helps with behavior issues that may otherwise render a dog unadoptable, surrendered to the shelter by the owner or cause familial distress. Dogs end up labeled and blamed because they are not given the opportunity to learn, we don't understand how they learn or how to reach and teach them, ultmately unable to be the dog they were meant to be. I firmly believe that our role, as humans, is to give them every chance they can to learn and be the best version of their self. My goal is to revolutionize the way humans conceptualize “dog training” from it being solely the dog’s job to focusing on the dynamics of the teacher-learner paradigm and the canine-human relationship. Changing that perspective and creating a life-long educational environment will help both canine and human, individually and collectively.  Welcome to the REAL team, with real results!

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My Philosophy:

Live It-Immersion learning

As beneficial as setting aside specific educating time is for our dogs (and we will do some of that) we are specifically interested in educating people to make learning for their dog(s) a part of their daily routine. Immersion learning in living purposefully with our dogs is the most effective way to create long term desired behaviors. This process is a holistic approach that encompasses a dog’s mind-body connections. A dog’s behaviors are communications to us and stem from what the dog perceives in their mind. A dog that is showing “behavioral problems” is one that has an unhealthy balanced mental state. Employing techniques to teach calm mind sets, read body language, alleviate pent up energy through focused engagements with their owner, behavioral modification, reprogramming triggers to change their perception, and creating histories of reinforcement are all geared towards reaching the whole dog.

Relationship based.

We are in a relationship with our dog. Building a relationship with our canine companions is a great learning experience for both the dog and the human. We should strive to bring joy, fun, kindness and choice into this sacred space for mutual connection, respect, trust, bonding and love. A dog’s choices are always being conditioned or unconditioned, both intentionally and unintentionally via the environment or directly by other animals and/or humans. Some of the things I do is show the human how to bring out the best version of their dogs:

  • Rewarding their dogs for desired behaviors
  • Educating what to look for in all dog related interactions
  • Identifying common mistakes humans make
  • Counter-conditioning, desensitizing, decompressing, socializing, shaping, behavioral analysis, and providing a comprehensive guide to being proactive
  • Thinking prevention (addressing common behavioral problems that are covertly developing)
  • Helping the human to understand that learning is not linear, but a process rooted in repetition, positive reinforcement, consistency, dedicated time, a relationship with their dog and science
Mindful.

I am continually learning and growing my resources, knowledge base, and repertoire of skills, techniques, and understanding. I look at dog behavior through the mind-body connection and energy of the dog, the human, the relationship between the two, including but not limited to, genetics, environment, socialization or lack there-of, individualized temperament, history of reinforcement, medical, motivators, etc.

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