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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is your training philosophy

I practice a Positive Reinforcement/ Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) philosophy. Through this philosophy, we teach puppies and dogs that it's easy, fun, and reinforcing to train desirable behaviors with us. For more challenging behavior modification, we utilize humane, science-based practices to work towards desired behavior change that minimize stress and never include force or physical punishment.

What is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant?

A Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) has completed the following requirements: a minimum of 4 years and 500 hours of in animal behavior consulting, 400 hours minimum of coursework, seminars, and mentorships, and a working knowledge of learning theory, counterconditioning, desensitization, training, and husbandry, with additional in-depth knowledge of assessment skills and application of species-specific knowledge. To read more about the qualifications of a CDBC, please feel free to view the Application Handbook

What breeds do you have experience working with?

I have worked with hundreds of dogs over the years, whether as a private client or through fostering and volunteering. I've worked with just about every dog breed and mixed breed you can imagine. I'm a firm believer in education on breed specific behaviors, however, it's important to recognize that behavior exists on a spectrum and dogs of the same breed may exhibit vastly different behavior. You'll find that the training plan we create together respects potential breed specific behaviors while still treating your dog as an individual. 

 

Do you offer group classes?

 

Naturally Canine offers private 1-1 sessions, however, sessions may be split between multiple dogs. If you’re interested in a session split between family or friends, feel free to contact me for more information on how we can achieve this. 

 

Do you offer board and train services?

 

Boarding and board and train services are provided infrequently on a case by case basis. Boarding services are limited pre-existing clients or new clients with a referral from a pre-existing client. Board and train services are limited to puppy and dog training services. All boarding dogs must be current on immunizations. 

 

What knowledge do clients need before working with you?

I do not expect clients to have any specific knowledge before we begin our work together. If you come from an experienced background that's fantastic, however, clients completely new to working with their dog can expect a training plan that is approachable and user-friendly.
 

What do I need to prepare for training? 

 

I recommend preparing low, medium, and high value treats that are easy to hold and feed to your dog and a treat pouch that allows for ease of access. Additionally, a 6 foot leash, 10-15 foot long line, flat collar, martingale collar, back clip Y-style harness, and clicker are all tools I use regularly in my training. You can visit my resources page for recommendations on treats, harnesses, and other tools that I use and recommend.

Still have questions? Please feel free contact me for additional information.

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