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 alone cannot 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 and brief, frequent training sessions. Your dog is already learning via daily interactions what "good things for dogs" vs. "yucky things for dogs" mean and is acting accordingly, so you've already started training regardless.

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

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

    • Vibrating collars or collars emitting electronic stimulation are not used by Pupstart during training or behavior modification with your pet. (Electronic collar stimulation, sometimes called "corrections," is referred to as "just like a tap on the shoulder," "e-touch," "stim," "nic," or "static.") A dog cannot tell us in an obvious manner how it experiences these tools. Dog owners and many dog trainers often don't realize how these tools affect a dog because they are uneducated on how a dog manifests discomfort and stress. Dog trainers who use ecollars for pet dog training are not educated on dog body language, normal canine behavior, or the up-to-date science on dogs as a species. That information is readily available to anyone interested.

      Yes, e-collars "work." The reason they work is that they cause mild to moderate physical discomfort. These tools and methods employ avoidance of something unpleasant as their primary method, regardless of how the collars are used. They are not necessary to train your pet. Too often - especially if misused - these tools increase fearful or aggressive behavior. They can also cause a dog to attribute its surroundings to those unpleasant sensations rather than the undesirable behavior we want to change.

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

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