May HE BE IRON in everything he does
All dogs are black in the dark, the heart knows not the limitations of color, breed, or size
All Dogs want to find successJust need to find the keys to unlock their potential
THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Every dog is different and sometimes it requires the ability to move outside the popular theories, current trendy methods, or outdated ideas of training to give a dog an opportunity to understand how to find success. Success isn't always a simple paved road that comes from the same starting point, embraces same detours, or similar time requirements. Sometimes just a simple break down of a problem into easy achievable conquests that builds continues success will make all the difference for the dog's confidence, trust, and desire to rise above expectations. I have acquired thru the years many different volumes of theories and methods in dog training and behavior motivation guidance. Combining theories and moving away from pattern training creates a workshop that allow the freedom in utilizing and combine aspects in different methods that is custom designed for each dog's personal needs. Dog don't like to fail but even the best training methods can fail if what the dog is asking it's humans gets ignored and not respected. Thinking outside the box allows the freedom to listen to the dog's attempt to communicate, detour or combine different methods together, and freedom to trust one's heart.
I have been involved with dogs my whole life and my first introduction to training dogs started as a child. My passion for dogs has took me on a life long journey that has embraced many different working and service fields with dogs. My mother introduced me into the competitive world of dogs in 1978. Her breed of choice was Shetland sheepdogs and conformation was her passion. My beginnings started as a junior handler, but quickly I want to challenge both my own and my dogs abilities with a more challenging type of sport and training program. Quickly my desire to understand and educate myself about the mysteries and capabilities of dogs lead me to seek the mentoring and counsel from the leading experts in the different fields involving dogs. I experimented and learned how to find success with my dogs in each new direction I embraced. I placed myself in the position to learn from different school's of thought and fields of training with dogs that include different directions like family dog, service dogs, police and detection K9, conformation, herding, rescue groups, vets, and therapy dogs. Through the years, I learned from experience the little tricks of the trade from different trainers and gained beneficial applied theories involved in foundation training from different sports, family dog training, and service dog programs. My greatest lessons that are also the foundation of my programs are there isn't one correct way to train, guide or judge a dog's abilities. Dogs are very different and one cookie cutter method is not the best foundation for an unified training program to embrace all dogs. I strongly believe to obtain success with dogs, sometimes I must be willing to think outside the box and reflect upon what are the dog's actual strengths, weakness, limitations, motivation, natural capabilities and how best create a program that will unlock it's true potential without conflict. Failure to respect what the dog is telling me, it will only create limited results and the dog will never reach it's true potential. Once I understand what the dog is telling me, then use the best methods for that dog to explain how to find success. My goals are to help dogs understand how to succeed and become the dogs they were born to become. I firmly believe that every dog can succeed, but that success can only be obtained by respecting the reality of the dog's strengths, limitations, and requirements.
My programs are from my own experiences training and working with dogs that are problematic or struggle to find success. Working with less popular breeds in demanding sports which required me to learn how to build and shape limited a dog's weakness into a strength. I understand the anxiety, reactiveness, metal strains, stress, and pressures that these dogs must face and how to build confidence to achieve more than a dog's limitations. I also understand the helpless feeling that both the dogs and their owners feel when forced to struggle to achieve a successful happy balance in both working and/or home lifestyle . I also know the magic when the communication and first success opens a new world for both the dog and owner. I love to help unlock and open new worlds for dogs and their owner's.... all dogs have the potential to be truly amazing, but sometimes they need a little help to find their path to success and understand how to stay on track.
WHY TRAINING DOGS WORK?
Dogs do function and learn from pack ordinated units. Sometimes the easiest and most comfortable way for a dog to find the path to success comes from watching another dog succeed. Trainer dogs are role models, translators, and teachers that show troubled dogs how to work thru fears and stress. They don't judge or create more stress. Trainer dogs don't break down, react, or complicate what a troubled dog feels from it's own anxiety, pressures created by the environment, or add more fear. Life is a big fun adventure for training dogs because they get easy rewards and treats for simple things so they can show other dogs how to join the fun and show dogs by example how easy it can be to become brave, stable, calm, and work thru problems to gain more quicker rewards. Trainer dogs always succeed and their buddy student dogs watch their success. With the dogs that have failed with other numerous attempts thru different methods, trainers, and attempts.... my trainer dogs have created their own miracles by being the strength, security, patience, and role models to dogs who have lost all confidence to try. It takes about four years to fully train a trainer dog, but the time required to make a trainer dog is worth it because they change so many lives.
LEARNING GOOD BEHAVIORS FROM WATCHING GOOD BEHAVIORS
TRAINER RABBITS & CATS:
HOW CAN A TRAINER CAT HELP MY DOG?
Experiences that are acquire in a dog's life time, a dog put together theories about how to survive and find solutions to the confusions it faces in everyday life. Sometime the solutions to these problems are not the most ideal for the family, the community, or the dog it's self.... but if a dog gains the illusion of success or feels no other options exist, then the dog will continue less desired methods of problem solving. As time passes by, the dog can become confident or lost in those choices and time actually validates and justifies the behavior. That is when a new approach is required to show the dog how to problem solve and change methods without all the past history of bad experiences. Sometimes a dog just need a blank slate where there is no proven failure, conflicts, pressure, memories, or misunderstandings. Most dogs have never met a cat, rabbit, chicken, duck, or a goat.... so the correct problem solving skills, the dog good and bad choices can be marked and rewarded instantly. This allows less stress because the whole process is being explained to the dog as it goes thru the whole process of it's introduction to a trainer animal and the dog is not haunted by past fearful or conflicting experiences with dogs, people, or other animals. The goal is to show the dog how to find success, guide thru the problem solving stages, and reward for finding the correct path to success. That success opens a new world for the dog. The success with a rabbit can transfer to other animals or forms of stress in the dog's life. A rabbit or a cat can open doors to dogs that have lost faith in themselves and people's ability.
Lessons and friendships that our dogs create with other species of animals, it enrich and empower their abilities to utilize new problem solving skills and transfer that success into new directions.
WHY TRAINER RABBITS & CATS?
Trainer rabbits and cats have all been raised around dogs from early ages so they present no irrational fear or aggression towards dog. They are all family pets that live on fresh veggies, fruit, and balanced diets. They are trained thru positive reward systems so they are quite excited to work with dogs because they associate dogs with treat and circus performance time. Plus we secure that they are never in danger and dogs must work with dummy decoys and robotic controlled puppets before they get to work with the actual furry trainer. What they offer the program is building confidence in the frighten dogs, distractions for obedience and environmental conditioning lessons, and aid in helping dogs explore their lessons in control and gear conditioning in drives, socialization in problem solving skills, curb natural interest to chase while on walks, and most importantly.... stop chasing the cat in the house.
Dogs are capable of transferring success from a working with a rabbit into translation for interaction with a cat.
Training with different species of animals helps dogs in learning how to work around distractions like prey drive with cats or small dogs, resist urges to chase livestock, focus upon owner's voice beyond environmental stimulation, overcoming fear and aggression, become more confident, and reliability.
Working with unfamiliar animals allows the dog to find success without reference past scary, reactive, or undesirable experiences. So there is less stress because dogs are open to suggestions and they have no past conflicting experiences to reference
TRAINER GOATS & SHEEP:
HOW CAN A TRAINER SHEEP & GOAT HELP MY DOG?
Thru experiences that are acquire in a dog's life time, a dog put together theories about how to survive and find solutions to confusions it faces in everyday life. Sometime the solutions to these problems are not the most ideal for the family, the community, or the dog it's self.... but if a dog gains the illusion of success or feels no other options exist, then the dog will continue less desired methods of problem solving. As time passes by, the dog can become confident or lost in those choices and time actually validates and justifies the behavior. That is when a new approach is required to show the dog how to problem solve and change methods without all the past history of bad experiences. Sometimes a dog just need a blank slate where there is no proven failure, conflicts, pressure, memories, or misunderstandings. Most dogs have never met a cat, rabbit, chicken, duck, or a goat.... so the correct problem solving the dog takes can be marked and rewarded instantly. This allows less stress because the whole process is explained to the dog as it goes thru the whole process of it's introduction to a trainer animal and the dog is not haunted by past fearful or conflicting experiences with dogs, people, or other animals. The goal is to show the dog how to find success, guide thru the problem solving stages, and reward for finding the correct path to success. That success opens a new world for the dog. The success with a goat or sheep can transfer to other animals or forms of stress in the dog's life. A goat is not as threatening as a dog, so it can open doors to dogs that have lost faith in themselves and people's ability handle.
All our sheep and goats in this program were orphans or rescue babies that we bottle fed and were raised around trainer dogs, so that they could help future dogs with fears, present safe distractions for the dogs to work around, and teach dogs how to control and find inner harmony with natural drives These sheep and goats are very much a part of out family and they truly believe that they are not livestock. When they are not working with dogs, they have their own herd of friends that maintain healthy and happy mental live style. They have their own agility and obstacle playgrounds to entertain themselves. The sheep and goats serve the purpose of socialize, build confidence in scared dogs, distraction in training, and problem solving skills. Goats are very similar to dogs, so goats are so very helpful with working with frighten dogs that need to learn how to solve difficult problems.... a goat jumping up on the box next to the dog and preforming the same trick is a very strange moment for dogs and the lesson they learn is priceless.