Our Dog Training Philosophy
Almost any trainer can help you learn how to teach your dog basic commands and stop your dog from jumping on you or pulling on the leash. Our training covers these and every aspect of being with a dog - the complete living skills. We cover your dog's environment, your relationship with your dog, developing single command obedience structure, effective behavior modification and all around care. It's the most complete single course program available anywhere in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Pictured at left, Ted got an early start at working with dogs.
Many trainers get locked into one theory or approach which may work for some dogs but not for others. I have been handling and working with all different kinds of dogs in obedience rings and dog shows, in training kennels, obedience classes and private instruction ever since I was a small child over 45 years ago. I was literally raised in a professional dog training environment, and I have seen virtually every method that trainers have used and some that should never have been used. People will often ask me if I'm a behaviorist, a traditionalist, a "no discipline trainer,” a "positive reinforcement trainer,” or maybe a "click and treat trainer." I find that there are good methods within each of these approaches and I use these methods to address the individual needs of each dog I see. Should you contain, control, ignore, reward, re-direct or correct your dog? It all depends on the dog, the particular behavior and the person training the dog. I don't subscribe to the methods that cause pain or fear, nor do I believe that a dog should require a treat for everything he does.
While we offer boarding and training, private instruction and classes, you won't find a more thorough education for you, your family and your dog than a class provides. You'll learn more about how a dog's mind works and how the nuts and bolts of training and behavior modification are put together if you do it yourself under our close supervison in a class environment. Even though we're professional trainers, we continue to take our own dogs through classes because it is the best environment to train a dog. How your dog handles being around distractions is the biggest test of your control and there's no better place that offers controlled distractions than one of our classes! So, if your schedule allows it, a class is the best way to go. If not, we've got you covered with one of our other options.