My Dog Training Philosophy
- I look at every situation as unique and always look at the whole picture to figure out what is at the root of the problem.
- Helping every owner establish trust, build a relationship and find what motivates the dog are always top priorities for me.
- As a dog trainer, I am well versed in all training tools so I can help out as much as possible. Millions of dogs every year are given up or euthanized due to behavior problems (some as simple as jumping) I won’t discriminate against any method or tool that is in the best interest for the owner and dog.
- I believe every tool can be used properly or improperly. For example, people can feed their dogs too much food or lousy food causing illness or obesity. Or, food and praise can over stimulate some dogs causing hyperactivity, jumping, whining, barking, etc. Another example that I’ve seen as a dog trainer is that dogs can become addicted to attention when coddled and fussed over too much which can cause separation anxiety. In conclusion, I believe knowledge is power and being openminded allows me to help as much as possible.
- I believe in transforming dog owners into fair and consistent leaders who can provide the right amount of balance,structure, exercise, nutrition and obedience to create much happier, calmer and more fulfilled dogs.
- Faster training is not better training, as a dog trainer, I teach first, so the dog has a good understanding of what we want them to do before focusing on making the behavior reliable. When trying to achieve learning and reliability all at once, it is way too stressful on our dogs. If our dogs do not understand something, we’ve taught it is our job as the dog trainer to go back and increase the dogs understanding.
- Patience is incredibly important in dog training. You have to know when to take a step back or stop altogether. No good dog training happens when you are frustrated.
- I believe in being as transparent as possible. I will always tell you what I am doing and why I am doing it. Anything I do as a trainer will always be approved and agreed upon by the owners first. I will always give my opinion, but I won’t do anything you are uncomfortable with.
- Think with your head, not with your heart. Treating dogs like furry little people have created more problems than it has ever solved. I know you love them, but sometimes despoiling our dogs is hard and sometimes a little tough love is the best love.
- It is my responsibility as a trainer to be as clear and as easy to understand as possible. I try to be just as good at teaching people as I am at teaching dogs
- I will always keep learning and striving to be the best that I can be.
Fellow dog lovers,
My name is Tim Rains and I am the owner and dog trainer of Wagging Rights dog training. I am proud to be serving the fox valley area. One of my biggest joys is helping people learn to communicate with their dogs and increase the bond between them. It’s amazing to watch dogs learn and equally as amazing when people realize their dogs can be helped. I greatly enjoy being able to solve behavior problems always with the goal in mind to improve the lives of families and dogs.
Since the age of 7 dogs have been an important part of my life. My family dog growing up was a 90lb brindle boxer named Champ. I always enjoyed teaching Champ to do things. I had no idea at the time that what I was doing was correct, but looking back on it I was on the right track.
My brother Waylon really furthered my interest in dogs. Waylon liked a lot of mastiff and bulldog breeds all in the working breed group of dog breeds and some in the terrier group. Waylon and I would talk a lot about our favorite breeds and what it would be like to one day own them. We would compare a lot of breeds and spent a good amount of time reading the Dog Breed Bible and many other similar books.
I started my first “business” when I was in middle school. I would walk neighborhood dogs and pet sit for people when they were out of town. The only problem with my “business” was at that time I was only interested in certain breeds and only wanted to walk Boxers and Dobermans… bad business planning. There are only so many boxers and Dobermans in a neighborhood.
Our family got our second boxer a few days before Christmas in 2006. After a solid week of trying to decide what his name would be, we finally settled on Rocky. I again did the training with Rocky. I still didn’t know exactly what I was doing but Rocky learned things pretty quickly.
I worked for a dog walking and pet sitting company in 2007 while I was in my first year of college learning to work on cars. I began to realize that cars weren’t my passion and took a break from pursuing becoming a mechanic. At this time I started looking into dog training schools to get certified. I attended Animal Behavior College from 2008 and got certified in 2010. That experience was invaluable to me because I got to learn hands-on from some really great trainers. I got my first job training dogs right out of school and taught group classes at a local pet store for a couple of years.
After teaching group classes for a while I began working for a company doing all private lessons, dealing with many aspects of dog training including how to work with various forms of aggression, fear, problem behaviors like jumping and barking, puppy socialization and much more. During this time I spent countless hours of time studying and doing continuing education. In March of 2016 I passed the CPDT exam and became 1 of 3000 or so Certified Professional Dog Trainers.
In October of 2016 my wife and and rescued a fawn Doberman pinscher named Dalton. I am very excited to train Dalton many new behaviors and get started with various dog sports.
As with any skill or hobby I believe in continually learning and trying to better yourself. I am constantly working to improve as a dog trainer. The more you know and experience the more options you have to help your clients. I greatly look forward to helping with your dog training needs in any way I possibly can.