Dog Training

PAWSitively Pampering Pet Care Training Services are best for people who believe animals should be part of your family,  treated humanely, with respect and are open to the concepts that animals can think, understand and make informed decisions. They are your family members and live in your home with you.  Therefore, Doggie Manners are important to the success of the lifetime commitment you made your dog(s), when you brought them home.

One of our favorite quotes is:  “Don’t blame me, if you don’t train me!”

  • The methods I teach foster an attitude of cooperation and contribute to partnerships between the animals and their humans. Although the trainers are the “Pack Leader”, the trainers work for the animals and the animals work for the trainers.
  • My services are best for people that desire to learn basic concepts about animal learning and behavior as well as methods to communicate with and motivate animals, to achieve manners in the home and in public.
  • The methods I teach are based on a complete understanding of all the quadrants in operant conditioning; positive reinforcement, negative punishment, positive punishment, and negative reinforcement.
  • Owners will learn how to build a proper canine/human relationship, and that by creating a relationship built on positive interaction and consistency, this training can often deter future unwanted behavior problems, facilitate faster learning and even solve some existing behavioral challenges.  PAWSitively FIRMLY believes in using the least aversive approach possible in every case, we advocate the use of positive reinforcement and negative punishment training techniques.  These training methods teach owners that when shaping any new behavior or cue, force is not necessary.  Owners will be taught that presentations of, or the withholding of, highly valued rewards will produce the results they are looking for.
  • All training methods are most effective when the animal’s physical, emotional and social needs are well balanced.
  • The methods I teach require people to think, study, learn and practice in order to be successful.
  • I do not use leash jerks, choke or prong collars to teach obedience commands. The use of positive reinforcement and negative punishment are the primary teaching tools. The animal receives a combination of food, play, praise, interaction or touch as rewards for performing. The rewards of food, play, praise, interaction or touch are removed or withheld for non compliance.
  • When teaching with positive reinforcement, I will focus on rewarding (reinforcing or increasing) wanted behaviors as opposed to punishing or diminishing unwanted behaviors. For example, teaching a dog to sit and stay naturally reduces a number of unwanted behaviors such as jumping up or bolting out the door.
  • PAWSitively Pampering Pet Care Training services are not best for people who believe that animals are property, dumb, live on a chain in your yard or people who wish to create a master/slave relationship. People that are rigid in these beliefs and desires would probably be happier learning different methods from a different trainer.