APDT Member Since 2000
Come When Called Dog Training & Behavior Counseling
Puppy individ. & group; behavior consults; good manners group & private; AKC competition skills;
growly class; CGC prep individ. & group; distracted dog BM.
control & focus training group
Training Equipment: buckle, martingale and head collars (New Trix and Snoot Loop)
Training Philosophy: I rely on techniques based on the learning principles of behavior analysis--stimulation, reinforcement, punishment, extinction and generalization.
Locations Served: Bethesda, Md.
Sandy Spring, Md.
Northwest Washington, D.C.
Silver Spring, Md.
I encourage clients to learn to use the clicker but permit the use of a marker word. I'm somewhat of a tyrant about proper cue-click-consequence timing and efficient delivery of the food reinforcer. I also try to educate students and clients about the learning principles so that they understand the reasons underlying our training. I make them aware that Pavlovian conditioning is always in the background of any training and that there is always a functional relationship between the dog and its environment.
I always come prepared with a training plan but modify it to accommodate the client's needs.
I have attended all five of the Bob Bailey/Farhoody chicken training workshops and continue to take refresher courses to keep my training skills sharp and to keep on learning.