“I want my dogs to have complete trust that I am going to keep them safe and happy. Training with positive reinforcement methods helps me build that trust. Training should be fun for both you and your dog. If your dog is excited to learn and he is being rewarded, then the behaviors we teach will happen over and over again.”

Methods and Philosophy

Benefits of Positive Reinforcement Training:
Positive Reinforcement training allows all family members to be involved in the training process. With supervision even the smallest member of the family can train the family dog.
  • Boredom is a common problem with some dogs; training is an excellent way to avoid unwanted behaviors that can be produced by boredom.
  • Training with positive reinforcement is a real mental workout for dogs. While your dog is mentally active in the learning process, he is working very hard to figure out what it is you are asking him to do. Think about how tired you were when you took a difficult test while in school.  Most dogs will sleep for hours after a training session.
  • It is a ton of fun for both you and your dog. Many dogs view a training session as playtime. Dogs are always excited when they are offered a training session.
  • It will help strengthen a trusting and bonding relationship with you and your dog.
  • It is a more effective way to help extinguish unwanted behaviors in a lasting and gentle way.
  • For fearful dogs, positive reinforcement training gives the dog a choice, therefore giving the dog control in his own learning process. Control builds confidence which allows the dog to move forward towards living a less fearful life.


Certifications and Affiliations

  • Member of Karen Pryor Academy
  • Member of the Association Of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Member of The Pet Professional Guild
  • AKC Evaluator
  • Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Allegheny Animal Response Team
  • Doggone Safe Presenter
  • Animal Friends of Pittsburgh Pa. Instructor
  • Keystone Canine Club Instructor
  • Member of Pet Sitter International
  • AABP (Association of Animal Behavior Professionals)
  • Agility Instructor for Animal Friends of Pittsburgh
  • Bonded and Insured by the Insurers of the Carolinas

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  • Clicker– A clicker is a small hand held device that gives a precise and consistent signal telling the dog “Yes exactly that’s what I want you to do!” The dog hears the click and he knows he is correct and that a guaranteed reward has been earned.

  • The word “YES” can replace the clicker for those who are uncomfortable using the clicker

  • Harness- Harnesses are used as a safe way to teach dogs to walk on loose leash without causing any injury to the dog’s neck.

  • No prongs collars, choke collars and shock collars are used in positive reinforcement training.

  • Yummy treats are a must

  • Toys

  • Lots and lots of praise

 Every Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) is a graduate of our Dog Trainer Professional program and has demonstrated excellent technical knowledge and hands-on skills in positive teaching and training. A KPA CTP is a trainer you and your pets can count on.


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