My focus and purpose is to work with both the human and the canine. My role is to educate the human so that the dog can easily learn in an environment created for success. By educating the human, our dogs get a continual learning opportunity because the dog is not just listening to commands or performing tricks. Rather, the human can learn to read the dog’s body language, understand the needs of the dog(s), properly reward the dog when the dog reaches a goal, and consistently guide the dog towards a learning history and build a relationship based on mutual communication.
I have a BA in Behavior Science and a Masters in Psychology. My knowledge, experience and 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 stress. Dogs end up labeled and blamed because they are not given the opportunity to learn and 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 learner-teacher 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.
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.
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:
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.