F.A.Q.

Some common questions about Dog Wizardry

Service Dogs

What do you mean by "Lifetime Guarantee"

 Service dogs are in service for approximately 10 years.  I will work with you and provide guidance for the duration of the dog’s time in service.

You only pay once and I will provide lifetime support!

What type of Service Dogs do you offer?

Autism Service Dogs, Diabetic Alert Dogs, Seizure Response Dogs and PTSD Service Dogs.

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Dog Sports and Scent Games

What are the benefits of dog weight pulling?

Your dog will Love the Physical & Psychological challenge that weight pulling provides.

Dogs feel a sense of purpose when they have a “job” or participate in a sport.

These types of dogs, almost always exhibit fewer behavior problems.  Dogs love to work.

 

 

How do scent games benefit my dog?

A dog’s sense of smell is about 30,000 times stronger than ours.  Dogs are born knowing how to find scents.

What we do is coach them in finding the correct scent on command.  This of course leads to their favorite toy etc…  It all starts wth classical conditioning.

Your average pet owner doesn’t understand how a dog’s nose works.  Watch this video to understand how a dog’s nose works.  

Your dog will feel so proud  when he / she finds the right scent.  Scent discrimination work is fulfilling for dogs.

However, don’t believe me.  Instead, believe the look of accomplishment on your dog’s face when he/ she looks at you like:  “Look what I found!”

Interestingly, it’s a great way to tire a high energy dog out.  It’s a psychological challenge and it’s effects are similar to the way people get tired from reading a complicated book.

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Methods

What kind of tools do you use?

I use whatever tools are necessary to communicate with the dog. 

The owner’s comfort level is also considered.  

With that being said, there is no such thing as inhumane tools.  There is however, the inhumane usage of tools.

Dentistry tools are inhumane in the wrong hands.  It’s not the tool, it;s how you use it.  

Many trainers do use tools incorrectly (such as e collars) which gives a bad name to the tool.  However, a gentle leader can be inhumane if it’s not used properly as well.  

At the end of the day, my goal is effective communication with the dog. 

 

What do you mean by "listening to a dog?"

One of the saddest things so to me is that very few people are listening to dogs.  

For example, if you pick a dog up and she starts licking her lips or yawning, how many owners would recognize what that means?  They’re called “calming signals.”

Click here to learn about calming signals.  

Dogs are communicating with us all the time in the form of yawning, lip licking, slow eye blinks, sniffing the ground and more. 

Dogs appreciate it when you learn their language.  When dogs feel listened to, your relationship will reach new depths.  

Authentic dog training is about more than just “commands.”

Don’t all beings yearn to be listened to, understood, validated & respected?

How do I fix my dog's aggression?

If I told you everything, would you still hire me?  I’ll offer some insight.

In my experience, aggression is usually diminished and managed.  It’s not always “fixed.”

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it happens that the behavior is entirely extinguished but that’s not because a trainer “fixed it.”

What a trainer can do is lift the veil that was preventing the dog from balancing itself.  This is done by giving the dog new experiences.

First we identify your dogs triggers.  We’ll then design a plan to recreate those triggers in a safe way.

Dogs learn through repetition.  If a dog is aggressive towards other dogs, we’re going to be presentimg that trigger over and over (often 15 times in a row).

People get stressed out when their dog is aggressive.  That energy gets transferred to the dog which doesn’t help.

Dog trainers don’t don’t get flustered when a dog lashes out because we know that the first few repetitons always look ugly.

The dog is going to freak out and do what they usually do.  That’s becuase it’s worked for them in the past.  Usually a dog will lunge and one of two things will happen.

1.  The aggressive dog will be removed from the situation.

2.  The target of the aggression will be removed.

Either way, the dog wins.  Aggression made the bad thing go away.

What we’ll do repetitions of is customized based on your triggers, breed, drive and temperament.  

Call today or schedule an assessment.  

Many dogs get labeled as aggressive when they are reactive.  Reactivity is very common.  True Aggression is more uncommon than most dog owners realize.

 

 

Are you a CPDT-KA Certified Dog Trainer?

Yes, I am certified.  Additionally, I am currently working towards advanced certifications.  There are many different types of certifications for dog trainers.  

I have met great trainers that are not certified.  Certification is not a requirement in the field at this time.  However, there is one great advantage to hiring a certified trainer.

In order to maintain your certification, you must stay up to date in the field.  Canine Education is an evolving field.  Certified Dog Trainers are required to take courses in order to maintain their membership.

Before I was certified, I studied new methods every day.  I still do that but many trainers don’t.  There are some canine professionals that truly feel like they have nothing new to learn.

I’ve met trainers like this.  Due to their past success, they feel like they “have it all figured out.”  Don’t waste your money on trainers like this.  

I learn something new from every dog that I work with.  It shouldn’t just be about making the dog more obedient.  There is a huge benefit in listening to a dog.  Each dog is unique and has something to teach us.

 

 

Dog Podcast

What is the deal with the podcast?

Firstly, the best places to listen to the Podcast is on The Podcast  Page and on Itunes.  The Podcast covers a variey of topics and goes beyond dog training.  

 

How can I be on the podcast?

The fastest .way to get on the podcast is to send me a message.

If you have a dog training question just get in touch with me.  If you’d like to come on as a guest, message me about that also. 

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My dog is crazy, what is the fastest way to set up an evaluation?

Feel Free to Call or Text 24/7/  My phone number is listed on The Contact Page.  You can also send me a message on there.  Let’s talk about your dog’s goals asap!