approach to training

I'm a proud member of a variety of local, national, and international dog training organizations (check them out here) and membership in these organizations can give you an idea of how I approach training; however, every dog training professional has their own approach to training.


The values that I bring to every interaction with my human and dog clients (and with my own dog) can be summed up by an over-arching phrase (or motto, tagline, or mission):

Better training through better relationships.


Humane, Force-Free & Reward-Based Learning

I do not condone or use methods that inflict physical or psychological pain on the learner (whether that is the dog or the human learner); science has discredited these approaches to training as outdated, so I prefer to employ science-based, force-free, humane, and reward-based methods that are not only more effective than outdated alternatives, but also strengthen the bond we have with our dogs. I'm consistently on the hunt for books, webinars, seminars, and conferences that will teach me how to better teach my dog and human clients and using the latest, most effective, science-based techniques.


Give your dog choices.

This may sound like a crazy suggestion, but hear me out. I'm not suggesting we let our dogs run wild and do anything and everything they want; but, as it is, we control so much in our dogs’ lives: when they eat, how much they eat, when they go for walks or outside to play, etc. Having some control and choices can greatly enhance your dog’s quality of life. Force-free, reward-based training methods allow you to offer your dog a variety of safe choices that work for them (gets them what they want) and that work for you! These methods empower your dog to be part of the learning process and help to breed a relationship of mutual trust and respect.


Dogs are gonna dog.

This may seem obvious, but dogs chase things; they lick their butts; they eat random things they find (whether or not it's food). Dogs have a lot of natural behaviors that don't always jive with what is socially acceptable in the human world. Taking the time to understand your dog - dog behavior, what motivates them in a variety of situations, and how to work with their natural behaviors - will make it easier to communicate with your dog, help them navigate the rules of the human world, and build a solid relationship with your dog. Simply put, dogs do dog things and we can't expect them to know otherwise until we take the time to teach them alternatives that are better for them and for us. 


Have fun!

Regardless of who the learner is - a dog, a giraffe, a lion, a human child or adult, etc. - learning is more effective when it's fun! The learner (and the teacher, I'd argue) are more engaged while learning; it's easier to pick up new things and to remember them when they're presented in the form of a game or fun activity; and the learner is excited to come back for more!

Questions? Send me a message for more info!

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From Julia B.

"I highly recommend Jenn for anyone looking for in home dog training. Jenn is so knowledgeable and gave us lots of tools to work on behavior. A few days after the first session we were already seeing results."

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From Samantha P.

"Wonderful trainer, very nice and professional. Clear understanding of dog behavior, and able to answer questions and concerns! Highly recommend!"

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From Kate S.

"Jenn was extremely knowledgeable, flexible and understanding. A great experience!"

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