My main focus now is dog behavior modification and dog rehabilitation. I focus on understanding why a particular behavior developed, by talking with the clients, and getting a full history of the dog. I then observe the dog in its environment, or where the behavior manifests, and the interaction between the owners and the dog. Once I get an understanding of why the unwanted behavior developed, and continues, I then put the owners on a course of action to modify their dogs behavior. The course of action suggested to clients is never limited to just obedience training.
I have been working with dogs professionally for over 10 years. During this time my views and beliefs on dog behavior and training have changed immensely. The more I have worked with dogs over the past 10 years the more I have come to realize that there is so much more to dog behavior than Obedience training and dominance.
The most important thing we can learn about our dogs, is being able to read body language correctly, and therefore understanding their current state of mind. I have found that 'most' behavior problems develop due to owners inadvertently rewarding or reinforcing attention seeking behavior, assertive behavior and unknowingly creating anxiety in their dogs.
When people understand their dogs and can learn to communicate with them better, then we can work on developing the right relationship, and maintaining a well balanced dog, and owner and dog relationship.
I have dedicated my working life to professional dog training and behavior. My love of dogs and dog training is second to none...