Pupstart Family Dog Training

Training Philosophy

First, do no harm.

  • Never make an animal afraid of you.

  • Nothing done in the name of training should lead to confusion, physical discomfort, or undue stress for dogs or their humans.

Know your species.

  • English is your dog's second language.

  • There's no need to show physical dominance over your dog or emit some psychic "energy" to get your dog to "listen" to you.

  • Repeating commands over and over while raising your voice is not training.

  • Training by itself will not resolve undesirable behavior unless your dog's physical, social, and emotional needs are met.

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

  • Every client is able to and happy to carry out the training plan.

  • You can train your dog through everyday interactions as well as brief, frequent training sessions. Your dog has already learned via those everyday interactions "good things for dogs" vs. "yucky things for dogs."

  • All techniques and tools used will be efficient and effective yet enjoyable for the dog and every member of its human family.

    • If you're using a chain or prong collar now, you'll learn about new equipment and techniques that work even better.

    • Vibrating collars or collars emitting electronic stimulation are not used during training or behavior modification with your pet. (Electronic collar stimulation, sometimes called "corrections," are referred to as "just like a tap on the shoulder," "e-touch," "stim," "nic," and "static.") A dog cannot tell us how it experiences these tools.

      Yes, e-collars "work." The reason they work is that they cause physical discomfort. Dog owners and even dog trainers often don't realize how these tools affect an upset dog due to their lack of education about the effect of stress reflected by a dog's body language. These tools and methods employ avoidance of something unpleasant regardless of how they're used. Use of these tools is unnecessary, and too often - especially when used improperly - increase fearful or aggressive behavior.

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

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