Our Training Philosophy
“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”
We believe that good training starts with a relationship built upon mutual respect and trust between you and your dog. This means making you the best thing in your dog's world. It also means using humane training methods that don't rely on fear, pain, force, or coercion, all things that can undermine your relationship.
Humans and dogs don't speak the same language, and this can be the biggest barrier in the training relationship. We help you understand how to communicate in a way that makes sense to your dog, using consistent markers, proper reinforcement, and clear cues. Our methods are beautifully simple in order to foster understanding for both people and dogs.
We want dogs to be willing participants in the training process - eager to learn, not afraid of making mistakes. Our focus is on teaching the behaviors we want, not waiting for the dog to offer an unwanted behavior. By engaging the dog in the learning process, we teach them how to make good decisions. We also want owners to be engaged, which means giving you simple tools to be a phenomenal teacher to your dog. And finally, as trainers, we strive to be fully engaged in the processes of coaching and learning, so we are constantly seeking ways to improve our knowledge and skills.