I am a Proud Member of Truly Dog Friendly and the No Shock Coalition
TrulyDogFriendly.com was launched in May 2006 by a coalition of dog trainers and behavior consultants concerned with the proliferation of the use of shock collars and other harmful tools and methods within their profession. How do we define dog-friendly? Simple: pain-free. In order to be an effective canine behavior consultant it is essential to have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of humane science based training. I have attended countless seminars, webinars and studied the books, videos and papers of Dr Karen Overall, DACVB, CAAB, Dr Michelle Duda, PhD, BCBA-D, Dr Juarbe-Diaz, Chirag Patel, BSc (Hons), Patricia McConnell, Ph.D, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Dr Adam Miklosi, Victoria Stilwell, Turid Rugaas, Deborah A. Jones Ph.D., Sue Sternberg, Jean Donaldson, Pat Miller, Emma Parsons, Trish King, Terry Ryan, Susan Garrett, Suzanne Clothier, Alexandra Kurland and Dr Jesus Rosales Ruiz to name but a few.

Positive Reinforcement

The offering of desirable effects or consequences for behavior with the intention of increasing the chance of that behavior being repeated in the future. Positive Reinforcement works. It’s logical, effective, humane and can be lots of fun while solving serious, often life-threatening, behavioral problems. Positive training results in a dog that follows an owner because it wants to, rather than following out of fear.

Force Free Training

Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: No Shock, No Pain, No Choke, No Fear, No Physical Force, No physical Molding, No Compulsion Based Methods are employed to train or care for a pet. 

For me, force-free (or aversive-free) training means that I do not, under any circumstances, employ pain, fear, intimidation or startle techniques to train dogs. I have no use for pain collars, shake cans, alpha rolls or intimidation.Not only do I simply not have the stomach to knowingly instill pain or fear in a dog, but equally importantly, I don’t need to.Operant and classical conditioning, the foundation for all animal learning, give me the tools I need to train dogs and modify their behavior – without subjugating their nature.

My Philosophy