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Dog Training Methods

You never have to use intimidation, fear, pain, or violence to motivate a dog when training.

That’s worth reading again.

This is not a mere opinion. This is what scientific research reveals as a fact of dog training.

Going further than that, science also shows that if you choose to use intimidation, fear, pain, or violence when you train a dog, you run the distinct danger of “fallout”. That is to say that while you are “correcting” one behavior problem, you can create emotional issues that lead to other (and likely worse) behavior problems down the road. 

This is good news for loving dog owners who want to train their dogs efficiently and effectively, but they don’t want to rely on dog training methods that use harsh corrections or abusive training tools.

If this is you, then know that the discomfort you felt at the gut level upon encountering such measures was spot on.

Ryder with Puppy Tutor Dog Training
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Dog Training Methods Matter

In contrast to more traditional dog training methods that emphasizes corrections and enforcing one’s role as the “Alpha/Leader” of the “pack”, I leverage canine science-based learning theory to motivate a dog from the inside-out. My force-free and pain-free approach sets your dog up for success so that they engage the exercises enthusiastically.

In class, you learn how to use “lures” to help your dog learn new behaviors and positions as desired. Once the behavior is learned, you will fade those lures to avoid dependency. Through practice and the manipulation of reinforcement, you will strengthen your dog’s responses as they joyfully engage the learning process with you. 

You may know this approach as “positive dog training” or “clicker training”. I prefer to be known as a “force-free dog trainer” since it actually describes the methods that I don’t employ. 

I also want to distinguish myself from those who use “positive dog training” as marketing language to sell services, but are technically not positive dog trainers (if they were, they would not use corrections or abusive training tools). 

Another good descriptor for me could be “compassion-based dog trainer”, since it reflects not only my methods, but also my spiritual commitment to facilitating loving relationships. All my methods support my guiding values.

The Pet Professional Guild has taken a stand against “corrective” devices, and I agree with that stance. I am a proud member of Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin, and (to my knowledge) I am the only science-based, force-free trainer in the immediate Beloit, WI area.

If you want to learn how to train your dog yourself using the very system I use to train dogs, enroll in my Canine Coaching Course. It’s perfect for dogs and puppies of any age. And it gives you the tools you need to train your dog throughout its life. 

Stacy Says...

Decided to try online training and so happy me and my puppy did because Bo is such a knowledgeable person and teaches you the foundation as to why it’s important to create a positive system for you and your dog. 

I learned so much in just 4 classes and feel confident to implement a system to build a great relationship with my puppy. Not only was it fun but his classes are affordable, and for the training you receive it’s a steal. 

I also wanted to add that he truly has a caring soul. God bless. Moose and I are grateful for your lessons.

Contact Me and Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Dog While You Work Together to Overcome Difficulties

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your dog’s behavior, I would love to talk with you to talk about how I can help. 

Simply pick a time on my calendar for a free 30-minute phone appointment. On the form, tell me about your struggles so I have some insight before the call. I will call you when the appointment time rolls around.

Remember, the longer undesirable behaviors continue, the harder they are to change. I offer the most up-to-date, force-free, humane, training methods available. 

Whatever your struggles are, I am just a phone call away.