DogsI have extensive experience working with pet and working dogs starting in 2001 with my time as a dog handler in the United States Marine Corps. Our dogs were dual certified in patrol/protection and explosive detection.
After completing my military service in 2005 I began my pet training experience while I pursued a bachelors degree in biology and animal behavior. I held regular puppy, adult, and advanced training classes at a local pet store. I then launched my own behavior consulting business offering training and interventions for problematic behaviors that prevented participation in group classes.
With more than 15 years experience, I have worked with various trainers and learned many techniques. I bring this knowledge and experience to my clients, teach them the pros and cons of various options, and help them make informed decisions on the proper way to interact and communicate with their non-human family members. All training starts with an emphasis on positive reinforcement. This is particularly the case in the early stages of training when the pet is still learning what is expected, and the owner is still learning how to train.
Cats, Parrots, & Other SpeciesWhile the learning process is shared across all animals, and the principles remain the same, there is a great value in understanding the intricacies and species-specific behavior patterns of any animal one works with. I have broad education in behavior applicable to various species, but a vast majority of my hands-on experience is with dogs.
I do believe, though, that every animal deserves to be happy, well trained, and able to interact with it's human family in a positive and constructive manner. There are, unfortunately, few trainers available for less common pets. Therefore I am open to discussing what I can offer for behavioral consulting for your non-canine companion on a case-by-case basis.