Our Positive dog training philosophy
I'm Natalie. I started training dogs 18 years ago the way we had all been taught; choke chains, dominance, shock collars. After taking the brunt of a dog fight that was a direct result of those methods, I knew there had to be better way. Dogs were bred to work for us, and I believe that there is no need to force them into obedience.
Positive Training doesn't mean permissive
Positive reinforcement dog training is all about rewarding your dog for offering the correct behaviors. We teach you fun games to play with your dog that result in focus and attention. We use mark and reward methods, so you and your dog will enjoy learning new skills. Manners are paramount for our furry friends, we focus on acceptable behaviors in public, and greeting new people and dogs. Positive training methods have been proven to have lasting results, create stronger relationships and most importantly your dog will enjoy the learning process. We work with the whole family and teach you how to train your dog. We are completely commited to helping you achive the goals you have for your dog.
No Shock, no Prong, no Choke dog training
Friends for Life; Holistic Pet Training does not advocate the use of adverse tools for training. Multiple studies have shown that animals learn faster with lasting results when positive methods are implemented. Dogs are sensitive and very intelligent the use of tools that cause pain, increase stress or fear will slow the learning process and can damage the relationship between you and your dog. This is why we are also members of the Shock Free Coalition, and Project Trade. Project Trade is a program that pays in the form of discounts for training when you trade in your old "Training" tools such as Choke Collars, Shock Collars and Prong Collars.
Positive Training is used effectively in zoos & sanctuaries
Positive training methods using mark and reward to capture behaviors are commonly used for animals in Zoos, and Sanctuaries for the safe handling, medicating and daily care. Non domestic wild animals can be fearful and difficult to maneuver if trainers and keepers did not create a safe learning environment, build trust and have respect for the animals in their care. Our dogs have been selectively bred for generations to have particular traits for human use. Dogs have a special place with us as companions, and protectors. They have helped us hunt, herd and fight in wars. Now they provide us with emotional support, and can be trained to assist the handicap, detect changes in blood sugar levels or when an individual may have a seizure. Dogs are capable of learning complex behaviors, they are willing to learn and enjoy human companionship as a result, forceful methods and painful tools are just not necessary when teaching our family pets.