While shopping for a dog trainer, you will notice that the methods used in training programs can vary greatly.
Thank Dog is based on a combination of the best of current positive-reinforcement philosophies and methodologies with a healthy dose of our own strong convictions and experience added. At the heart of our program is the need to create and maintain motivation and communication.
You are your dog’s motivation. If your dog sees YOU as her greatest reward, then 70% of the training process is resolved. If your dog cherishes being with you and pleasing you more than anything else in the world, then you have established a very strong motivation. It is easy to assume that dogs naturally want to please humans and to forget that they are animals, ruled by their own self-serving instincts. The truth is that this connection between you and your dog must be learned and maintained.
The remaining 30% of the process involves your learning a new language. Learning the right signals and cues for your individual dog takes practice. Knowing just one method of "reaching" your dog won't work. So, many different methods must be utilized in finding the best way to clearly communicate your wishes to your dog. If your dog is confused about what you want, there's no way either of you can win. Our trainers will work with you to discover the signals and cues that your dog responds to. Some trainers claim that the word "no" should be eliminated from all training vocabulary. We believe that, in all fairness to your dog, he should know the meaning of the word "no". Clear and effective communication must include words that reflect both satisfactory and unsatisfactory behavior.
Thank Dog is committed to treating animals with respect through the use of behavior modification that does not inflict injury or pain.
We love dogs, that’s why we're here!