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Why do some behaviors need to be corrected?

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This is very long answer that I will try my best to brief. Training with just positive reinforcement is incomplete training and can be dangerous in my opinion. I will discuss a few different situations as examples. In the case of a jumping dog, a positive only trainer would say train sit, train place, use […]

How often should I train my dog?

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This depends on your dog and what you’re training. For general obedience, training is most effective when broken up into multiple small 5-20 minute sessions throughout the day. I always suggest reading the dog to make sure they are motivated enough and enjoying the process. Once you see them losing interest, increase their interest in […]

When can I stop training?

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Dog training is a lifestyle, training should never stop. I compare dog training to dieting and working out. Lets say someone who normally doesn’t eat healthy or workout decides they want to lose 20lbs, so they workout for 2 months and diet, lose the weight and abruptly stop working out and eating healthy. What do […]

Do I always need to use the E collar?

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In general I don’t use the E collar to teach new behaviors. I use it to make already existing behaviors more reliable. I do a conditioning session where we find the working level( the lowest level your dog feels) and teach your dog how they can “turn off” the collar. Once your dog understands the […]

Do I always need to use food?

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You never want to completely remove reinforcement, however you don’t need to reward every repetition. We eventually get your dog on a differential ratio of reinforcement which means rewarding your dog for exceptional performances. This improves performance instead of rewarding at random which does not reward better than average performances. The analogy I make here […]

What makes you different than other trainers?

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I am different because I spent 6 years teaching pure positive (positive reinforcement, no force). I got to experience and learn the best positive techniques and still felt I needed to know more to be as helpful as possible. I noticed my clients desiring more reliable obedience and better solutions for fear, aggression, separation anxiety […]

We take her to public places all the time…

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“Thank you so much, Tim, for the outstanding dedication and commitment you gave to our puppy and my family, it was outstanding!  We were incredibly impressed with how Athena has turned out with the help of your training and your expertise!  We take her to public places all the time and constantly get compliments.  Given the fact that Athena […]