Event Markers (like a clicker), reinforcements (treats, toys, affection, environment), 4-8 foot leashes, and harness are some of our favorites! We will never use: prong, chain or shock collars, punishing, such as yanking, yelling, “Pssssts” or “Eh” sounds, prodding, or pinching, squirt bottles or coin cans. We will also be aware if your dog finds an intended reward aversive too. For example, not all dogs love food or affection. We will not use something unrewarding.
It means the humans have screwed up. If the dog gets it wrong, we did not set them up for success. If the dog gets it wrong, we must re-evaluate the plan. In other words, the dog is never wrong. So if your dog does something other than what we are looking for, we choose from re-directing, ignoring, and re-setting. Your dog will not be punished for doing a behavior we didn’t want.
Your dog will receive a reward and we will provide that reward based on what the dog finds reinforcing, not what the trainer or owner find reinforcing. While training, we will observe to see that your dog enjoys the treat, affection, toys, environment, etc and we will stop using it if it is not the right motivator for your dog. We need your dog to be an active participant in training and we want them to enjoy it!
We are not taking new clients who are in need of weekly or reoccurring training at this time. We are happy to refer you to one of the trainers below.
South Elgin area
Inside Anderson Animal Shelter and in home
Karen Pryor Academy