I grew up with animals, all I wanted to do was work with animals. But I just wanted to be with them and enjoy their company. I didn't find an interest in training until later on.
When I started training, it was all about the dog. I learned how to read a dog and understand what they are thinking and I learned how to communicate with them an get them to listen and obey. I discovered that through training, the relationship we can have with our dogs can be deeper and even more meaningful and our time with them even more enjoyable.
But something critical was missing - how to teach the dog's owner in an effective way. When I started training professionally I quickly realised that this missing piece was crucial but often overlooked. While I can train your dog, what you really need to learn is how to BE your dog's trainer and communicate with them effectively so that you can live with them in the most enjoyable way.
There is no point in a trainer training your dog if you don't truly understand how to maintain it in a way that fits your lifestyle. So in the Academy, the focus is on effectively teaching you to be the trainer your dog needs, so that the results actually stick.
We teach a formula that helps every dog and their owner and is easy to follow, while at the same time providing help on the unexpected, the variations and the challenges that may come up from the fact that you and your dog are individuals and no two are exactly alike.