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training methods

Management To increase, redirect or decrease behavior. Rearrange environment, remove or distant triggers (baby gates, friendly fencing, puppy proofing, etc.)

Antecedent Modification To increase, decrease or redirect behavior, change events (triggers) that happens before the behavior

Positive Reinforcement To increase behavior, reward desired behavior (capture, lure, shape, model)

Differential Reinforcement To redirect, decrease or increase behavior. Reward for preferred, alternate, other or change in the rate of behavior

Classical and Counter-Conditioning To change emotion and create new associations


Desensitization To decrease emotional response, develop a systematic graduated exposure therapy plan

Social Learning Observational Modeling To increase, decrease or redirect behavior through use of a dog or human model as a sample to model wanted behavior (imitation, emulation, etc.) In order for a dog to understand what is asked or expected of them, it is only fair to communicate and inform them when they are doing something right and when they are doing something wrong. I incorporate positive and negative reinforcement to achieve this. This is called balancing training.


Prong Collar: The prong collar works on the concept that evenly applied pressure is gentler and more effective on a dog’s neck than the quick jerk and impact of a choke chain or the steady, relentless pressure of a flat collar. When correctly fitted and used, it is only a fraction of the pressure dogs use with one another. Prong collars can be used with the subtlest of pressure and are incredibly effective. Prong collars are used on all dogs that do not respond well to gentle leash pressure.

Low level E-Collar/Remote Training Collar: Current E-Collar training utilizes the softest, most gentle remote communication. The E-Collars of today are nothing like their predecessors. Modern E-Collars are the most humane and effective approaches to dog training available today. This special tool helps deliver consistent and fair feedback and communication, as well as giving each family member the ability to handle the dog. E-Collars give you 100% reliability even at a distant.

How I use the E-Collar: I use the E-Collar primarily at a low-level stimulation training tool, meaning that I use it as a form of “pressure” to teach commands as well as a way to communicate with your dog while off leash. When I tap the remote button, the collar delivers a ‘tingle’ or ‘pulse’ to the dog. Contrary to popular belief the collar does NOT send an electric shock to your dog. E-Collars also have a vibrate function that can be used to call your dog back to you from far distances or used to get the attention of deaf dogs. Higher levels of stimulation are sometimes needed for severe cases which may result in death or serious harm such as serious dog aggression or car chasing. Higher levels of stimulation can also help prevents bear or coyote encounters. High level training is rarely used at MDI.