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My Training Philosophy

Dog training is all about building ability, reliability, understanding, desire and – most importantly – trusting, joyful relationships. My training classes are taught with only the kindest, (scientifically) proven, most positive methods. It is my goal to empower you with the knowledge and ability to effectively communicate with your dog and develop a life-long relationship of trust and mutual fulfillment.

I am dedicated to providing a fun, safe and supportive environment in which you and your dog can learn together. It is my goal to help you obtain the very highest possible level of relationship, communication and trust with your dog.

As a canine training specialist, I’ve found there are four parts to effective dog training:

  • First, educate the trainer, the leader. That’s you. To be an effective teacher you must understand how your dog learns, and how to communicate in a clear and consistent manner that will motivate your dog to want to learn from you and work with you. Good leaders are calm, in control of themselves and able to adapt to different situations. Good leaders empower their dogs with the ability to succeed, building trust and affectionate bonding along the way.

  • The second part of effective dog training is teaching your dog a strong ability to self-calm and self-control. A dog that is not able to calm and control him/her self is not open or attentive to the lessons you wish to teach. Teaching your dog to self-calm and self-control puts the emphasis on your dog’s ability to gain what he/she wants or needs by taking responsibility for his/her own actions.

  • The third part is building on your dog’s attention to you. Your dog must learn to trust in you, your intent, your communication and your leadership. Your dog must learn to want to learn from you.

  • The fourth is teaching your dog to fully understand your signals, such as "sit", "down", "come", "stay", and "heel". Having a full and complete understanding of your signals means that your dog will learn to respond on your first signal (no need to say it two or three times), immediately and without hesitation, even when he/she is distracted and whether they’re near or far away from you. They will also learn to commit to the requested behavior and hold it until you say that they are released. This is easily and quickly achieved once you have accomplished the first three parts of effective dog training.

To learn more about my training philosophy, sign up for obedience classes or to schedule an in-home behavior consultation,
please call: 732-616-3328.

The Human-Canine Bond

Is Our Sense of Loyalty and Love for Dogs a Modern Invention?

"We give them the love we can spare, the time we can spare. In return dogs have given us their absolute all. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made."
  --  Roger Caras, former President of the ASPCA.

I decided I would share this thought because it nicely summarizes my own feelings about dogs. However, not all feel this way. I recently came upon an article that stated the following:

        "This idea that dogs feel any loyalty and love for humans is a modern invention. In
        fact the idea that people form sentimental attachments for dogs is probably a similar
        recent event which became acceptable in modern times since, people moving into high
        population centers, like cities, often feel emotionally isolated and therefore direct
        some of their pent up feelings toward pets. Look back at the literature from two or
        three centuries ago and you won't find any mention of the loving loyalty of dogs, nor
        will you find mention of any ancient warrior prince shedding a single tear for one of
        his dogs."

This argument suggests that the people of today have all gone soft. Part of the evidence for this is the fact that we have deep emotional attachment for our pet dogs, and also anthropomorphize them so as to suggest that they also have a deep emotional attachment for us. Certainly the tough, independent people of years gone by had no such feelings for or about their dogs. It must be that soft-headed, romantic writers of popular literature have spread these sentimental ideas concerning dogs.

However, such arguments are false. Dogs have been in our emotional lives for virtually all of recorded history. Western literature is generally marked as having begun with two epic poems, by Homer. The first is the Iliad (describing the Trojan War), and the second, the Odyssey, centers on the Greek hero Odysseus (or Ulysses, as he was known in Roman myths) and his long journey home following the fall of Troy. They were probably composed near the end of the eighth century BC!

I believe this is proof enough that the Human-Canine Bond has existed as long as we have written human history.