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. We will also send you tons of free information and videos on exercises to practice at home.
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.
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, jumping, running away 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.