My career in training dogs began in college when I first took an obedience class to help with my very active doberman/hound mix. That experience transformed my relationship with my dog such that I though 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. From there I joined up with 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 30 years and my favorite things are working with early puppy modeling and working to help with dogs that have aggression issues. Working with the early development of the puppy helps to prevent most of the reasons people quit on their dogs and give them up. Working on the aggression helps to improve the life of a dog and the relationship they have with their people as well as may even save the dogs life.
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. Be sure to use a trainer who specializes in aggression in dogs 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 we see in our dogs are a fear-based response and can be overcome by consistent exposure to the fearful element when modification techniques are applied.