We cover it all! You and your family must be ready and open to learning how to live with and improve your own dog's behavior. Without your involvement, there will be little change and short lasting results. You will receive homework, extra educational material and relevant instructional videos to watch. Single sessions and Packages available.
If your situation is more serious like separation distress, separation anxiety, aggression, fear, depth perception issues, sibling rivalry, resource guaring, personal space sensitivities, husbandry challenges, you will be required to first go through a Behavior Consult.
We are available to assist shelter staff, rescue staff and foster volunteers to improve behavior and improve enrichment.
This is a program that first starts with an interview and determining what your goals are. This will allow us to suggest the best program for your dog and your family. Minimum program is 3 weeks. Based on your goals a program may last longer.
The expert trains your dog 2-3 times a week and then meets with the famiy and the dog once a week.
We are very selective on which cases to take on. We may refer you to other qualified and certified trainers, certified behavior technicians, or certified applied animal behaviorist.
We would come to your home to conduct the consult. The purpose is to gather a behavior/medical history to assist in a functional assessment/analysis. This is critical in setting up a behavior change program. Changing challenging behavior may take months of dedicated work.
Daphne is a cross-over trainer. She used dominance theroy and coercive methods before she went to to the SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Daphne hasn't used "traditional" methods since 2002. Being a good teacher means you have to observe, listen, have patience, guide and set up your learner for success. If the learner fails, it is not their fault. They aren't stupid or stubborn. It is the teachers fault for not adjusting parameters for the learner to get fluent and reliable. There is no need to fear, pain, intimidation, force, etc. Just understanding and knowledge of learning theory. It requires patience. Animal training is an Art & Science.
Changing behavior is like a puzzle. First you have to understand each individual piece: the dog, undesired behaviors, desired behaviors, daily life factors, diet factors, health condition, prior learning, poisoned cues, home environment, family dynamics, canine specific activies and behaviors. Then we all need to come together- the family must be invested and involved with the dog and I the trainer piece together with both family and the dog to ensure happy and harmonious results.
Journey in behavior and training
I found the more advanced I got, the more pressure and more harsh methods were used to the point of really effecting my dogs behaviors. Deep down I knew that what I was doing wasn't right. I took a break and started doing flyball with my Dobie girl. This is where I met my mentor, Lisa Clifton-Bumpass. Lisa analyzed our situation and found solutions to our 'obedience' work that focused on my dog's comfort level and ability. At this time I was getting out of the horse industry and wrapping up my dog competition. Lisa suggested that I would be great as a dog trainer and that I should look into the SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers in San Francisco, California. I sent in my application and started in the fall of 2002 and continued in the spring of 2003 in their internship on dog aggression. This was a huge eye opening process for me. It took a lead of faith as it was so different then what I was told and taught about dogs and their behavior. This school based it's curriculum on behavioral sciences and positive training. This first step into learning about behavioral sciences lead me to join several like minded behavior organizations that continue to inspire humane training. There is no need for pain, fear, intimidation, coercion, threats, anger or mis-guided philosophies on dog behavior. All dogs, any age. It's the 'teachers' duty to help the learner learn. If the learner fails, then the teacher needs to adjust. Daphne is required to accrue educational credits to maitain her credential.