Training Philosophy - Pupstart Family Dog Training | Des Moines IA

Training Philosophy

First, do no harm.

  • NEVER make an animal afraid of you.

Know your species.

  • English is your dog's second language.
  • There's no need to show physical dominance over your dog or emit some sort of "energy" to get your dog to listen to you.
  • Repeating commands over and over is not the same as training.
  • Training alone can't resolve undesirable behavior if a dog's physical, social and emotional needs are not met.

Training is done with a dog, not to a dog.

  • Every client is able to and happy to carry out the training plan.
  • Your dog can be trained through everyday interactions as well as very short, frequent training sessions.
  • All techniques and tools used will be efficient and effective yet enjoyable for the dog and every member of its human family.
  • Nothing done in the name of training will lead to confusion, physical discomfort, fear or undue stress for dogs or people!
  • Collars emitting electronic corrections ("shock collars") are not used during training or behavior modification with your pet. (Electronic collar corrections nowadays are referred to as "just like a tap on the shoulder," "e-touch," "stim," "nic," and "static.")

“Force has no place where there is need of skill.” – Herodotus, Greek historian & traveler (484 BC - 430 BC) 



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