The Dog-Training Team
I Represent the Newest Wave of Dog-Training Science in the Area
I know what it’s like to struggle with dog behavior. In fact, it was Puppy Loki who catapulted me into the world of dog training.
He was unbelievably out of control when he arrived, and I wanted to raise him well (aka, “survive”). So, I immersed myself in the science of dog training. Little did I know at the time that Puppy Loki would open a door to a whole new future before me.
When you come to me with your canine crisis, know that I get it. I’ve been there, and I’ve turned helping people just like you who are struggling with your dog into my profession. Whatever your issue is, I want to help.
I take a science-based approach. It’s not magic. It’s not “whispering”. It’s all science. And because it’s science, you can do it too, provided that you are willing to put in the work.
Yes, that means that you, too, can learn how to train your dog like a pro. In fact, my teaching approach is tailored toward you with that goal in mind.
In Dog Training, My Spirituality Meets Science
As a pastor ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I have made a commitment to live a life that reflects Divine Love. As a person interested in science, I care deeply about what current research tells us about the world. It turns out, by the way, that the latest science reveals that the most effective form of dog training out there is that which nurtures a loving relationship between canine and human companions.
While we work together, you will learn how to tap into and unleash the transformative love you carry within your heart. And you will watch your dog do the same. Imagine the difference this makes in the world.
My focus is on helping family dogs and their human companions grow and thrive together. My Canine Coaching Course is designed specifically to meet the training needs of anyone who has recently acquired a canine for whatever reason, whether a puppy or a rescue dog. I have a special place in my heart for dogs who struggle with separation anxiety or shyness. Just like with people, it’s hard on dogs to have to live in fear, and healing isn’t easy. I consider it a blessing to be part of that healing process, for both canines and humans.
My Dog-Training Philosophy: "Train for life. Train with Love."
Ultimately, I aspire to make the world a better place. I realize that the world often seems consumed by human-driven tragedy. Consider all the times that you’ve seen abuse masquerade as love. Consider the ways you’ve watched business practices contribute to suffering. Consider the times you’ve acted out in anger because you didn’t know what else to do. This is all simply part of the world in which we live.
But I don’t believe it has to be that way. We have the power to change that.
When you choose to work with me, you choose to promote an alternative way of running a business in this world. I want Puppy Tutor Dog Training to be known as an agent of life amidst the despair, a beacon of hope for a better world.
So, when you work with me, rest assured that I will uphold a set of life-enriching values. These values (science, compassion, relationship, justice, and empowerment) set the pace for my business. They represent what I stand for. They are all ways of expressing love.
That's What This Is Really All About for Me: Love
When I come into your life to help you train your dog, what I’m really doing is helping you to get the love that you feel in your heart out into your relationships…starting with your dog. The funny thing about the science behind what I do is this: It works with human relationships as well. While you practice working with your dog in loving ways, you are actually practicing how to do the same with people.
I promote love through my business because it is in love that I find hope for the future. And, when you choose to work with me, you become a partner with me on my mission. Let us continue the spread hope through love together.
Meet My Assistants
When working over Skype, I need a way to illustrate exercises so that you can duplicate them. That’s where the McBuppies (short for “McGuffee Buddy Puppies”) come in. I think of them as my assistants. They think they’re the stars of the show.
Loki is a 75-lb German Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix. He arrived in my house at the age of 3 months from Free Spirit Siberian Rescue. Over the last few years, he has taken me through the adventures of puppyhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. He is incredibly smart and loves to figure things out (which can be a source of concern at times). I adore and nurture the way he expresses his strong, independent side. We started bonding on the first day I met him, and that bond strengthens every day.
Lugh is a 65-lb Siberian Husky. His coloring is blue-merle, which is rare in huskies. He came to me from Free Spirit Siberian Rescue at about a year old. When they rescued him, he was skin and bones. He came with a lot of baggage. His separation anxiety was difficult to work through. He wanted to leave the yard until I trained him not to. And watching the “real” dog emerge over our years together has truly been a source of joy in my life. Lugh has arrived and continues to arrive.
Work with Me and Experience the Transformation
Join the ranks of those who have witnessed the change in their own dogs! Email me through my contact form, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. We will then talk on the phone for a half hour (free of charge) to discuss how I can help.