About us- and you
Why we’re Karen Pryor Academy educated - and what that means for you.
Most dog owners are surprised to learn that dog training is an unregulated industry. That means anyone can call themselves a trainer, with no requirement for education or certification, and no professional oversight or standards. You know those movie scenes of doctors in olden times using leeches and prescribing their own home-brewed tonics? That’s pretty much where we are in the dog training field, with many trainers using methods that are extremely outdated and unscientific.
Fortunately, we do have many decades of behavioral science to call upon, and serious professional dog trainers do have educational options. We chose the Karen Pryor Academy because it is widely considered the most rigorous and science-based school for dog trainers in addition to learning how to train other species of animals as this training method applies to any living organism whether it's a butterfly, marine mammal or a cat! The Karen Pryor Academy also holds its certified trainers accountable to the highest standards of training and client care and this is of utmost importance to us as we want the best for our clients and their pets, so we demand the best of ourselves. For us, this means the most modern education and a firm commitment to continuing education and professional development – KPA CTP certification requirements that are happily complied with in our quest to provide the most effective training services possible.
Truly force-free dog training - what it means
Behavioral science has proven that pain and coercion-based training often elicits aggressive behavior as a side effect (if you’ve ever experienced a rage response when hurt or frightened, this will come as no surprise.) Science also tells us that pain and fear inhibit learning. More and more these days you hear terms like “force-free” and “positive” training, but unfortunately these terms are often adopted by trainers who are still using outdated methods and tools. Truly force-free training uses only positive methods to attain effective results.
We are committed to force-free training because we believe it is critical to do no harm in our attempt to do good. So, there are no choke, prong, or shock collars, corrections or physical manipulation in our repertoire. We leave the leeches behind in favor or relying on modern behavioral science to guide our training methods. We want you and your pet to feel great about the training results we help you get—and about the way we help you get them.
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Our Guarantee to You
Our clients are everything. That’s why we guarantee:
Never to guarantee your dog’s behavior!
What?? you ask? But aren’t I hiring you to train my dog? Yes, but while our goal is the same as yours—to stop unwanted behavior and increase the good behavior you like—we cannot ethically guarantee specific behavior outcomes. In fact, our professional associations forbid doing so.
It makes sense when you consider it—how can one being guarantee the behavior of another?
To always work our hardest to get you results.
That all said, we’ll always overturn every stone and go the extra mile to get you the best behavior possible from your dog. We love to see our human and canine clients firing on all cylinders together—it’s why we do what we do!
To treat you with the same commitment to kindness, fun, and respect we offer your dog.
Positive reinforcement shouldn’t just be for the dogs—it should be for us all. That’s why you’ll find us wonderful to work and learn with. We work hard to make sure the training process is as enjoyable as the results on both ends of the leash!
“We’ve seen first hand the benefit that positive training can provide.”
"Working with the Dynamic Canines team has been a positive experience for Beagle Paws. Not only have they provided support and advice to our adoptive families, they have also been there on numerous occasions to help with our organizations goals. We have seen first hand, with many of our rescued beagles, the effect that reward and positive reinforcement training can provide."
–Sheila Lewis, President, Beagle Paws
A note from Rose: It’s been such a pleasure working with your fantastic organization.
Thank you for all the work you do to find these wonderful dogs their forever homes!