Do I use food
as a reward? Do I believe in "just reward" training? Do I use a
choke collar? What are my dog training methods? What does training
serious baseball fans, Tri and McBee
My answer: It depends. I'm a "depends" trainer.
I've been training dogs since 1972. I have between 800 and 1,000
appointments a year, and just like people, all the dogs have different
personalities. My methods for an Italian Greyhound shaking in fear
in a corner are certainly going to be different than the approach
I take for a Rottweiler that looks in the mirror, sees God and wants
to eat my kneecap.
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About 60% of the calls I get are for behavior problems. I train
by catering to the needs of what will work most humanely, effectively
and quickly (in that order).
mean preventing one dog from urinating in the dining room and teaching
another dog to do search and rescue for missing people.
I've worked with some of the best dog trainers out there, including
Brian Kilcommons and Mathew Margolis. I'm a member of the the Rockland
Sheriff's Dept K-9 Search and Rescue unit. In fact, my dog Michelle
is responsible for finding two people alive. I am one of the founders
of the Amigo Search and Rescue K-9 unit and I've been a dog handler
at Westminister at Madison Square Garden. I have taught group classes
for the Humane Society and Bide-A-Wee in NYC, and have trained a
dog for an off Broadway play and for videos.
I'm a strong proponent of well-mannered dogs and have been correcting
and preventing unwanted behavior since the 1970's. I consider myself
the luckiest guy in the world because I love what I do.
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