Humane, force-free practices

We abide by evidence-based training methods (science) vs theories and inaccurate pop culture television. We rely on peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate successful training methods without using pain, fear or intimidation. We are BC SPCA Animal Kind Accredited.

Behaviour change process

Depending on what your challenges are we are often attempting to change emotional responses in animals from negative to positive. We often use counter conditioning and desensitization to do that and coach owners on how to effectively do so by using training plans.  Educating our clients on the proper use of these techniques in addition to how fear and aggression culminates, prevention and management and proper/improper use of equipment.  Our goal is for you to be self-sufficient so you can continue training with your dog with confidence.

Obedience/manners training

We use food rewards to motivate and teach behaviours reliably. Often times dogs are motivated by other things and we advise you use toys, play, praise etc once behaviours are solid. If they decline your answer will be that you will need to reward and motivate your dog with a different reinforcer.  Why we want to use rewards vs punishment.

“You’re more expensive than other trainers. Why?”

We have spent, and continue to spend, a considerable amount of time and resources investing in the most up-to-date animal behaviour education available via world-renowned animal behaviour specialists, those that hold PhD’s, are board certified veterinary behaviourists or are professors. Since the dog training industry is not regulated we must hold ourselves to higher standards to ensure our clients receive the best coaching and training available. Some trainers may have taken a 2 day course, a 3 week course, some may have never have taken any formal education. Animal behaviour is something ideally we have gone to university to study for YEARS not learned second-hand or via tv dog trainers. Our combined education would equal 5 years of university or college studies and we have worked with over 1500 dogs.

Equipment We Will Use:

  • Harnesses
  • Solid leashes
  • Head collars (conditioned)
  • Treats and food
  • Toys
  • Muzzles (conditioned)

Equipment We Won’t Use:

  • Shock collars
  • E-collars
  • Martingale collars
  • Choke collars
  • Prong collars
  • Slip leads
  • Retractable leads
  • Water spray/shaker cans
  • Citronella collars
  • … anything that causes negative side effects and is not considered humane

We adhere to the Pet Professional Guild’s Guiding Principles and Code of Ethics

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