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5/5 stars Dog Training --- Yelp

Animal Motel is a Veteran owned and run business that consistently takes great care of my animals and receives my highest recommendation.  Not only has Joe helped us with training our very stubborn pit bull/Bassett mix via training during daycare as well as overnight stays, he is very accommodating to specific feeding instructions and specific food recommended by our Vet.  Having used Animal Motel the last year or more we wouldn't think of using any other dog daycare/boarding.  Many thanks to Animal Motel and its Veteran owner/operator Joe!

-Mark C. on May 20th, 2016

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My Approach

Through various teachers, research, and years of experience, I’ve developed a curriculum of dog training that I believe is a cut above what you’ll find with most trainers. I engage with your dog’s psychology in a way that will leave them well-tempered and obedient without relying on the brusque cruelty utilized by some other facilities.

Most dog training falls into one of two traps – either it is too lenient and ends up rewarding the dog regardless of its performance (eventually reinforcing negative habits and reducing its incentive to cooperate) or it’s too harsh (which, despite possibly accomplishing short term goals, can permanently scar a dog psychologically). My beliefs about dog training help avoid both these pitfalls, allowing you a satisfying, loving relationship with your new and improved pal:

1. Dog psychology is fundamentally different than human psychology. They descend from a different social structure, perceive their environment differently, and generally have an experience we can only deduce from observation – not from assuming what would work for us will work for them. Anthropomorphizing (humanizing) a dog is the surest way to make sure you and your pet have a miserable, misunderstanding relationship.

2. The window for a dog to connect cause and effect is about three seconds. Rewarding or chastising a dog has to take place almost immediately, or it will move on to processing other sensory input and be confused about what you’re trying to communicate.

3. Getting a dog to connect cause and effect also depends on context – environment, your dog’s behavior, and the nature of your reaction all inform how well your dog will learn what you’re trying to teach.

4. Your three main ways of connecting with your dog are eye contact, body language, and tone of voice – both yours and his/hers. Focusing on these aspect of your demeanor will help your dog figure out what you want from him/her.

5. Dogs are remarkably empathetic. The process of domestication combined with their natural instincts has left them incredibly sensitive to the moods of owners and other dogs. Maintaining a calm and assertive posture is essential to communicating effectively with your canine pal.

6. A sense of purpose is as essential to a dog as it is to a human. Giving a dog the responsibility to react patiently and cooperatively can be as fundamental to their happiness as a fulfilling career can be to a human’s.

7. The breed, energy level, and individual personality of your dog also inform what will give it a sense of satisfaction. Expecting too much or nurturing unhealthy qualities can be as detrimental to its psychology as it can to the obedience you’re trying to engender.

8. Because dogs respond to our fundamental emotional state rather than the social mask we put on, there’s really no fooling them when it comes to developing a relationship. If you don’t develop an instinctive calmness and assertiveness when it comes to dealing with your dog, it may perceive you as weak and be less likely to recognize your authority. Approaching your dog passively or fearfully will cause it to lose respect for you, and approaching it angrily or aggressively risks causing the dog to respond only out of fear – a temporary, unsatisfying basis for dog/owner communication. Never discipline your dog out of anger or frustration, only out of the calm, well-reasoned desire to help it overcome negative behavior and live a more meaningful life.



Obedience Videos

"Blue" The Golden Doodle

"Zeus" The Protection German Shepherd Showing His Off Leash Skills

"June" The Boxer Showing Her "Stay"

"Oakley" The Husky Doing Off Leash Obedience

Nose Work & Detection Skills