Training your dog on your own and want a consultation with lots of advice and homework? Give me a call! We can do Skype, Zoom or phone sessions. I can walk you through the issue you’re working on. I will also send you tons of free information and videos.
I have been a balanced dog trainer in Portland, Oregon for several years and have studied with some of the best trainers in the world such as Sean O’Shea and Jeff Gellman.
I also have an extensive background in training horses. When I was younger I studied horsemanship with a cattle rancher and a true cowboy. His approach was very, “horse whisperer,” as in gentle but effective. I had a very difficult Arabian horse that would often try to throw me off. At the end of my studies with him I was herding cattle on his ranch and my horse and I were super tuned into each other. It took a lot of hard work and patience, but together we worked through a lot of problematic/dangerous issues. I take a lot of my lessons from the horse world and apply it to balanced dog training.
Prior to dog training I have been working in a Level 1 trauma center as an interfaith hospital chaplain doing crisis intervention.
It all started when I adopted a dog from the pound that had a ton of behavioral issues including human and dog aggression, leash pulling/reactivity and cat chasing. Although I knew a little about balanced training techniques from my own personal experience with my other dogs, I really hadn’t mastered them. All of it was pretty confusing. In short, this new dog’s behavioral problems were completely overwhelming. I had even consulted a pure positive only trainer for advice but got only a 30% improvement. My dog would still often blow up at dogs and people on the walk. Knowing that something had to give, I desperately dug into YouTube until I found some real leaders in the field with videos that made complete sense to me on how to stop unwanted behaviors. Within 1 week (with the proper equipment – the prong and e-collar), the adorable maniac I got from the pound was a completely different dog. He was responding to me with a new understanding of what behaviors I wanted and did not want. Now he is one of my favorite dogs of all time.
Every year 670,000 dogs are euthanized in the United States. A lot of these dogs are being surrendered due to unmanageable behavioral issues (growling, nipping, excessively barking, jumping, leash reactivity etc). It is my mission to help owners keep their dogs by assisting them with efficiently fixing some of these issues and stopping unwanted behaviors. I’m sure I can bring you more clarity on why your dog is exhibiting certain behaviors and find a program that will work for you and your lifestyle.