​​Susan Ward, CPDT-KSA

Certified Professional Dog Trainer

     - Knowledge & Skills Assessed

DOG FRIENDLY TRAINING

Positive Reinforcement

"Today I am aware that dog training is less an art than a science that can be learned and applied by anyone.


The hands-on part of the science involves the rehearsal of mechanical skills.  Once practiced, these improve and become more fluid.


It is not something that only the chosen few can achieve.  It is skill acquired through learning, rehearsing, and applying correct fundamentals."


Susan Ward, CPDT-KSA

"We really enjoyed the classes. Our previous trainer had us using a prong collar but we are getting better results with the clicker method.

Thank you!"


Kathy & McGee

You can train your dog in a playful and meaningful way while striving to reach your goals.  Patience and love for your companion can go a long way in reaching your - and your companion's -  full potential.  


Positive training is not permissive training.

What is "Positive Reinforcement" Training?


"Positive Reinforcement Training":  Reinforcing good choices is known by behavioral scientists to be the most effective way to alter the behavior of any living creature. 

  • Food treats, Play, Toys, and other"Life Rewards" are used. 
  • Clicker Training is based on the science of how dogs think and learn, making it the fastest way to teach new behaviors.
    • Don't worry, the clicker is faded away as your dog masters the skill.


"Force Based" Training": Physical corrections, harsh reprimands, shock collars, choke chains...  These methods can suppress unwanted behavior for a brief time.  It takes many repetitions for dogs to connect the exact behavior that caused the punishment.  This means increased training time.   

  • For many dogs, these methods can cause behavioral side effects such as anxiety and aggression.  


While both methods can produce well-trained dogs, the end results are significantly different. 


Positive Reinforcement Training is Effective and Fun for Everyone.


Your dog will eagerly work and listen to you.