Mission and Values

Mission

I strive to make humane dog training accessible and affordable.

My dog-training approach isn’t just about training dogs. It’s about a way of life that lives compassionately.

Science is showing us that the most productive way to work with your canine companion is through a loving relationship. It is also showing us that humans and canines are more alike than we previously thought. That means while you practice compassionate training with your dogs, you are also learning new and creative ways to relate to other people. The ultimate benefits easily go beyond the walls of your home.

This is why it is so important to me to work with more families: It all starts in the home. I want to make the world a better place, and I believe this is a great way to do it.

Let’s face it: Well-trained dogs in homes can truly be a source of joy and comfort; while unhappy, poorly-behaved dogs can just as easily increase your stress. Bringing modern dog training to you frugally is my way of helping improve the quality of life for entire families.

To facilitate my goal of working with more families, I try to keep my prices down. I have created The Doggy Gym and the Dog Training Anywhere program to assist those on a strict budget. I also have a payment program if needed. Clients have thanked me for my lower-than-normal prices, which enabled them to afford getting help so they could keep their beloved canine family members in their homes.

Gytha and Renee Training

Values

Science

I list this first because not all trainers are guided by what we know about dogs through scientific inquiry. The science of dog training includes looking at how dogs learn, how their brains function, and how they relate to humans. For example, research shows us that canines actually process their feelings on the level of a two-and-a-half year old child. This has significant implications regarding how you treat your canine companion while you teach them.

Compassion

Dog training for me is a part of my spiritual commitment to this world. I believe that love is the most powerful tool in our toolbox to make a difference in this world and change it for the better. Indeed, science is showing us that forceful dog training methods are not only less efficient, but also often counterproductive. But if it science were to prove that non-loving methods were more efficient, I would still default to love. With me, you don’t just learn dog training; you learn humane dog training.

Relationship

Everything I do in training is geared toward deepening your loving relationship with your canine companion. The more your dog trusts you, the stronger the training dynamic. Therefore, my focus is on facilitating quality communication and quality experiences that feed into quality relationships. When I work with you, I help you transform from merely being your dog’s “owner” to becoming your dog’s guardian, or life coach.

Justice

I don’t believe it’s fair that many people who struggle with their dog’s issues simply can’t afford dog training. The standard rates simply make it not an option. Your dog is a part of your family. When your dog struggles with issues, it affects the quality of life in the household. I don’t want you to find quality dog training inaccessible due to price. This is why my prices are as low as they are. My Dog Training Anywhere program is specifically priced for this. I also offer payment plans. And if your dog is good with other dogs in a group, you could come to The Doggy Gym. Dog training can improve the quality of life for families, and I believe that more people would invest in the quality of their family life if it were a financially-reasonable option.

Empowerment

When I train, I focus on teaching you the concepts and techniques of modern dog training. In short, I train you to train your own dog. In class, the dogs do indeed learn things. We use basic exercises (such as sit, down, and stay) to practice the concepts being taught. Then, once they have built up a certain foundation, you will be able to mix and match concepts in creative ways to come up with your own training responses to issues as they arise. One of the great joys I have in life is watching you and your canine companion resonate on deeper levels. It comes out through both of your demeanor. And after I’ve worked with you, I know that you have good tools to build on what we have begun.

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