Q: Can you tell me a bit about your education and experience as a dog trainer?
A: When I first started training dogs, I was just a teenager. Someone thought I was quite talented with dogs and took me under his wings. I met lots of "dog people" in the show ring and obedience circle who had showed me a lot of valuable techniques. I started off working with dogs coming from very nice pedigree. They were selectively bred with very nice temperament.
I was a very "positive" trainer. I attended lots of seminars and read lots of books on how to train with positive reinforcement. Because I was mainly training for show ring and obedience competition, this limited approach was working very well for me.
Later on, I started working with challenging dogs. This opened up my eyes on the need to implement a much more balanced approach in order to tailor a training strategy to help the dog effectively. I had the pleasure to work with and learn from many great balanced trainers along the way. I was able to see how dogs that I used to think were impossible to rehab thrived in front of my eyes. I was able to help dogs to live a happier life with methods and techniques which I did not understand or approve before. Working with lots of dogs from a wide spectrum of background and history really widened my horizon and gave me very valuable insights into things that I did not understand before.
The most important thing I have learned is that we need to consider the dog's perspective. Every dog is different. It is not about what was written in a book or what was taught in a seminar; it is about how to truly connect with the dog and understand the dog through lots of hand-on experience. It is through this deep instinctual connection that we can truly reach into the dog' mind and transform the dog holistically.
Q: My dog is fearful and nervous especially on leash – I shouldn’t use an ecollar with him, right…?
A: Actually, modern low level ecollar training is the best training tool for dogs with these types of issues. My low level ecollar training system is not here to shock dogs into compliance, but is designed to create more confident, relaxed, and comfortable dogs. Ecollar is a great tool for leash reactive dogs because ecollar is like a leash without the physical restriction felt on the dog's neck.
Q: My dog is uncontrollable on the walk – pulling, lunging, barking, growling – can you fix this?
A: Yes, I deal with this all the time. All the dogs that we train are taught how to yield to leash pressure and follow the handler's body on the walk calmly.
Q: Do you always take pictures and videos during training sessions? Who owns the pictures and videos?
A: Yes, I always try to take as many videos and pictures as I can to document the training. The videos are non-commercial videos published for educational and informative purposes which are provided to the public 100% free.
The published videos and pictures are our intellectual properties. They belong to Perfect Companion K9 Training.
Q: I’ve been told by other trainers that my dog’s violent behavior can’t be fixed, and I should consider having him euthanized. Is this really the only option?
A: I have dealt with clients who have heard this from other trainers. One of my personal dogs was like that.
Chances are good that I can fix the problem behavior that other trainers can’t.
My training focuses on creating well-behaved dog through the development of respect and trust. I do not just suppress a bad behavior with fear and force or try to redirect the behavior with food. Your relationship with your dog is the most important factor. I will be spending lots of time in building engagement and relationship in order to transform your dog from the inside out. I will also be working with you extensively to make sure you can provide the guidance, trust, leadership, and boundary that your dog needs in order to thrive under your care. As long as you are committed to follow the recommendation on daily structures it should be fine.
Q: After the training my dog is fixed so I can just do whatever I want with him, right?
A: Usually a dog's behavior problem is related to how the owner has been living with the dog. I can transform the dog while he is in my care. But if the owner continues to do what he always does, the dog could go back to the way he was before the training or even worse. It is very important that the owner follows my instruction and recommendation and is committed to work on making adjustments to help his dog to succeed.
Q: What can I expect from your training program?
A: In order to have a good idea on how I train and what you can expect, I would like to invite you to watch my videos on my web site, my facebook page, my Instagram, and my Youtube channel and to read my blog on my web site.
We will be a team working together as partners. It is very important that you join this partnership with real understanding and real expectation. I am very transparent and I show all my work so you can have an accurate idea on how your dog will be trained and what kind of result you can expect.
Q: Can you guarantee result with your board and train program for life?
A: I can guarantee to give you the result you ask for, and meet - and likely exceed - your expectation at the end of the board and train program. I can promise you that I will give you back a transformed and very well behaved dog. Not only that, I will do everything I can to support you and teach you how to apply the new training after the dog is back in your home. I love and care about your dog and I want to see your dog thrive.
But if you do not follow my instruction, or if you decide to just neglect your dog, or if for whatever reason you choose to do things differently back home, I cannot guarantee that the training will not revert back.
When your dog is back home with you, there are a large number of variables that are totally beyond my control. It is therefore unethical for me to offer a guarantee on the result for life.
Having said that, please be rest assure that if anything happens, I do offer life time training support to help you get back on track.