I have been training dogs for over 30 years. My career in training dogs began in college when I first took an obedience class to help with my very active Doberman mix. That experience transformed the relationship with my dog such that I thought everyone would want what I was able to accomplish. From there I took a 2 month course in dog training with what I believe may have been one of the first professional dog training courses offered in California. In 1995 I joined the California Rescue Dog Association training my black Lab in Search and Rescue. This is where I learned about how to motivate rather than dominate in training dogs. During this time I also volunteered at the Marin Humane Society in Marin, California where I had the privilege of working with the highly accomplished & respected, Trish King. Trish specialized in difficult and aggressive dog behavior. I have worked with dogs over the last 35 years. My favorite thing is working with early puppy modeling but I have extensive experience working with dog aggression & reactivity. Working with the early conditioning of a puppy helps to prevent most of the reasons people give up on their dogs.
Nothing gives me greater joy than to see people light up when a problem they experience with their dog shifts to a positive outcome.
The training advice in this website should only be used as a training guide. It is not as a replacement for a qualified dog trainer who will evaluate your dog’s specific needs.
If you are having any aggression or dominance issues with your dog, contact your veterinarian, and ask for a referral to a qualified dog trainer. Not all dog trainers work with aggressive dogs. If you are having aggression issues with our dog, be sure to use a trainer who specializes in aggression and ask how they will go about correcting the problem. Ask why they believe their method is effective. Call around to other dog trainers ask similar questions and compare the answers. Be wary of trainers who only use “positive” reinforcement in behavior modification training, and be wary of trainers who use electric shock collars for correction in behavior modification training.
Most of the aggressive behaviors I see in dogs is a fear-based response and can be overcome by consistent exposure to the fearful element when modification techniques are applied.