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I have been a balanced dog trainer in Portland Oregon for several years. Balanced dog training helps me and my clients move through issues quickly and effectively. In addition, it also helps us to cultivate a better relationship and connection with our dogs.
My personal style is a mixture of different methods from the various teachers I have studied with. Over the years I have been attending dog training seminars and studying with world famous teachers such as Cheri Lucas (who worked extensively with Cesar Milan) and Sean O’shea (from The Good Dog in New Orleans). In addition, I have also studied with Jeff Gellman (from Solid K9 Training in Rhode Island which rehabs the most aggressive dogs in the country).
I have learned a lot about dog psychology from Cheri Lucas and love teaching my clients how dogs think and perceive their environment. When this is understood, so much can change.
I also have an extensive background in training horses. When I was a teenager I studied horsemanship intensively with a cattle rancher and a true cowboy Mike Bridges who wrote, The Art of Making a California Style Vaquero Bridle Horse. His approach was very, “horse whisperer,” as in gentle but effective.
I had a very difficult Arabian horse that would often try to combatively throw me off. Honestly, he was so wild, my life was in danger while riding him. However, at the end of my studies with Mike, I was herding cattle on his ranch. My horse and I were working as a team and completely tuned into each other. It was an incredible transformation that I worked extremely hard for. I take a lot of my lessons and philosophy from the horse world and apply it to balanced dog training. READ MORE about my story.
In addition to dog training I have worked in a Level 1 trauma center as an interfaith hospital chaplain doing crisis intervention. Furthermore, I hold a Masters of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union Seminary in Berkeley, CA. This type of work requires a certain amount of communication skills in addition to inner strength. I really attribute a lot of my inner strength to my mother and the lessons she has taught me about dogs and life.
Working with dogs with behavioral issues takes an incredible amount of mindfulness and skill. I have found personal and spiritual development to be imperative to working with dogs and people and hope to be an inspiration to others. Similarly, I am also inspired by my clients and the development of inner strength they cultivate through improving their relationship with their dog.
It all started when I adopted a dog from the pound that had a ton of behavioral issues including human and dog aggression, leash reactivity, pulling on walks 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.
I was overwhelmed. I had even consulted a pure positive only trainer for advice but got only a 30% improvement with treats.
My dog would still 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. Finally, 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.
He is one of my favorite dogs of all time (Kimchi). Now I help people with dog training Portland, Oregon. Furthermore, I love assisting my clients with their dogs because I know what it’s like to struggle.
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 dog behavioral issues and stopping unwanted behaviors.
If you’re looking for professional dog training Portland, Oregon, check out my website for more information.