The Method

Your dog should look to you for guidance and leadership. If you can achieve this one thing, you will have a well behaved dog that does what you want when you ask, and even if you don’t ask, with happiness.

Dog’s listen to people for one of two reasons:

1. You have a strong relationship.

2. They are afraid of what you will do (shock, choke chain, yell)

We love our dogs, and want what is best for them. We want fast results that don’t have any kind of fallout. Relationship building and positive reinforcement training along with consistently enforced rules is the best way to achieve any goals you may have. If you build your relationship with your dog, and teach them what you want them to do, they will happily and willingly do what you ask! Yes, it’s that simple.

We combine:

  • Relationship Building
  • Strong Leadership and Good Guidance
  • Controlling what the dog wants
  • Giving dogs rewards for a job well done
  • Setting boundaries
  • Enforcing rules
  • Teaching skills

By doing all of these things we create a civilized companion who knows what is expected of them.

Our program revolves around teaching your dog to focus on you. A focused dog is a dog who is ready to work and listen.

Your dog isn’t stubborn, stupid, or lazy. He just needs some training. We can help!

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How do I know if this type of training is right for me?
  • Is your dog a member of the family?
  • Would you like to develop a stronger relationship with your dog?
  • Do you want to work with a top-level, certified professional?
  • Is it important to you that your dog be treated with kindness during the training process?
  • Are you willing to put in a little work to help your dog get better?

My method is ideal for dog lovers, just like you.  You don’t just want a robot-dog who listens because they are afraid of making a mistake.  You want a dog who is happy to do what you want, when you ask.  I bet you want a dog who is friendly and confident in new situations.  My system, The Third Way, works for all breeds, all dogs, and all issues.  Whether you have a brand new puppy, or an older dog with anxiety or even aggression… all dogs can be trained with kindness.

What makes your training method unique?

Our approach is holistic. We don’t look at the dog as a series of actions that need to be modified.  We look at your dog as a unique individual.  Training goes beyond simply teaching your dog to respond to commands such as “sit” and “come”. For most of us, we want a dog who is well behaved because they understand how to act civilized and do so automatically, not because we have told them over and over again what to do. How we approach training, and how we respond to the world around us and our dog, will greatly influence how our dog acts. This is because our dogs are social beings, that actually look to us for leadership and guidance.  Our training is just as much about training as it is about relationship building.

What is relationship building?

Relationship building goes beyond simple training. It is about how you act as a guide for your dog, and how your dog fits in to your family. How you behave in your day to day life influences your dog even more than how you train behaviors such as “sit”, “stay” or “come”. As a social animal, your dog is learning ALL of the time. This makes training easier than you think! We use a series of techniques and games that go beyond traditional training. They are about building a stronger bond.

Do you use positive reinforcement?

Yes! We firmly feel that training skills should be done using positive reinforcement.  We believe that dogs are family members who deserve to be treated with kindness and respect at all times.  We never use pain or fear as a motivator during training or relationship building.  Using pain and fear only serve to damage the human-animal bond.  We do, however, use consequences.  These consequences are always fair and always humane! For example, if your dog barks at you for their dinner, a consequence would be swiftly putting the bowl in a cabinet for 10 minutes as a penalty.  We would also begin teaching your dog how to quietly wait for their food to be prepared and placed down.  We are firm believers in the Fear Free movement.

Does positive reinforcement actually work?

Yes! When done right, positive reinforcement training results in a dog who:

  • Knows What you Want
  • Does What you Want
  • Is Happy When you Ask!

Just as we work for a paycheck, our dogs can learn to work too. Dogs thrive when given a job.  Eventually, you will be able to reward less and less frequently as your dog learns their job, and it becomes easy. Remember, positive is not permissive.

What are the most important aspects of training?

In our opinion, the most important aspects of training are:

  • Setting Strong, Clear Boundaries
  • Developing a Relationship Based upon Mutual Respect
  • Teaching Basic Skills

We set strong boundaries by figuring out how we want our dog to behave, and then being clear and firm about what we want, while setting the dog up for success along the way.

Relationships are developed by providing calm leadership, and respecting your dog as an individual.  This means always treating your dog with kindness, and providing lots of opportunities for physical exercise and mental enrichment.

Basic Skills are taught using positive reinforcement training.  These skills will give you the tools you need to have a language with your dog.  You will be able to ask your dog to work for you, and they will respond with joy.