First, do no harm.
- Never make an animal afraid of you.
Know your species.
- English is your dog's second language.
- "Showing dominance" physically over a dog or giving off some kind of
woo-woo "energy" is not necessary for a dog to recognize humans as "pack leaders."
- Repeating commands over and over is not training.
- Training alone can't resolve undesirable behavior if a dog's physical, social and emotional needs are not met.
Training is done with a dog, not to a dog.
- Every client is able to and happy to carry out the training plan.
- Your dog can be trained through everyday interactions as well as short training periods and can "listen" to everyone.
- All techniques and tools used will be efficient and effective yet enjoyable for the dog and every member of its human family.
- Nothing done in the name of training will lead to confusion, physical discomfort, fear or undue stress for dogs or people!
- Collars emitting electronic corrections ("shock collars") are not used during training or behavior modification with your pet. (Electronic collar corrections nowadays are euphemistically referred to as "just like a tap on the shoulder," "e-touch," "stim," "nic," and "static.")
“Force has no place where there is need of skill.” – Herodotus, Greek historian & traveler (484 BC - 430 BC)