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The Bow Wow Method

‘20 Certificate of Excellence

I am a holistically minded canine behavioral expert specializing in training therapy dogs and all matters of basic obedience, including aggression, canine communication, separation anxiety, boundaries and rehabilitation. I have reasonable rates, and I get results! I don't just address the symptoms, I get to the root of the problem, which is where true healing begins. I have a gift of understanding dogs that I will share with you. It is my purpose in living to help the fractured relationship that we currently have with our animals.

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What do you love most about your job?

I love my work and all of my clients. My favorite projects are the ones when the clients are at their wits end and we begin to see changes in the dogs behavior after the first session, which happens quite often! If you begin to implement the techniques with your dog that I walk you through step-by-step in the first session, you will see changes in your dog right away, which will give you the incentive to be consistent, follow through and mean it, until your dog relaxes, feels safe and respects you. Once a dog feels safe and respects you can get them to do what ever you want.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have an deep, innate understanding of dogs and all of their behavior that I will share with you. I have a background in psychology. My formal dog training was with "efils god training" which involved all matters of dog obedience, boundaries and how to communicate with dogs. Dogs communicate from their hearts and they need someone to respect. I will show you how to do that! I call it "No more somethin' for nothin'" and how to embody the "Pack Leader Mentality" (with a mothers' touch). I derive a lot of my methods for my mother, she was a child psychologist. I have a unique connection, a true understanding and respect for all animals. Because of this "gift", 20 yrs ago, dogs began to seek me out and "talk" to me. They were asking for my help. At first I didn't understand, but now I know, this is the reason I am on the planet. It is my gift to share.... to help people have a the best relationship possible with their dogs.

Why should our clients choose you?

There is no quick fix, no magic pill, but it is not as hard as you may think. Dogs are like children, they need boundaries. Your dog will begin to develop self esteem as they safely explore within the boundaries that I will help you set up for them. If you are consistent, follow through and mean it, using my methods, you will have a calmer, more balanced and happier dog where everyone gets their needs met....;) Be patient with yourselves and your dog. There is always a learning curve that should be respected and understood. I believe that there are no "bad" dogs, only those that don't understand what is expected of them and in desperate need of an authority figure to lovingly show them.

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Making sure your pup is trained properly really matters. Without the necessary groundwork, you’re risking your dog’s wellness and security, as well as the safety of any other dogs it comes into contact with. It’s also important your dog is trained so that it can integrate properly with you and your family. Keeping it out of trouble will save you a lot of hassle (and potentially costly repairs too).

Making sure your dog listens to commands is very important. Not only will handling it be less stressful, but it can stop dangerous conflict with other animals. Furthermore, if your dog doesn’t want to listen to you, situations such as dealing with traffic can potentially become fatal. On the upside, having a well-trained pup enables you and your pet to socialise properly with other dogs and their owners.

Having a dog that is obedient means that life around the home becomes plain sailing. With good manners, your dog will be able to tell the difference between right and wrong behaviour, while being able to foster good relationships with other members of your family. These connections can help to build a fruitful relationship with your pet as part of the family. Time well spent together will allow you to both grow together, sharing experiences and creating the type of memories that make having a pet so worth it.

How about becoming an authority figure yourself? Although your trainer will help your dog get up to scratch, they will also teach you a great deal about the fundamentals of dog training. This includes not only how to handle your own dog, but principals that you can use to understand and better interact with other dogs too. Being able to help out less-informed dog owners can be a wonderful gift to have, and something that you can take further if you enjoy it.

Having a well-trained dog also means that taking your pet to the veterinarian will be a lot easier than it would be otherwise. Considering the nature and volume of work that they have to do, being a vet is tough, let alone dealing with an uncooperative pet in their surgery. In some cases, dogs can become violent when approached by a vet – definitely something they don’t need. By having your dog properly trained, you can avoid injuries – for both your dog and your vet – as well as unnecessary embarrassment upon visits.

When hiring someone to train your dog, there is plenty to think about. The needs of both you and your pet have to be considered and so taking some time to sit down and work out what is important to you is a must. Down below are a few of the questions you might ask when it comes to finding the right dog trainer –

Should I go for group or private training? Each comes with pros and cons – those with a brand new dog can expect their pet to socialise and start to develop relationships with other dogs.

Does my dog need generalised training or would training in a specific area suit it better? One example of this is if your dog has an issue with barking, or separation anxiety. In these cases, someone that can specialise in tackling these issues would be optimal.

Do I need long-term training or do I need a quick fix? Goals such as conditioning your dog for agility or developing a routine will need more time with a trainer.

You should also take care to see what type of strategies your trainer uses. There are a wide variety of techniques that can be applied in order to change your dog’s behaviour – but not all of these involve kindness and care. It’s good to talk to prospective trainers about the ways in which they choose to teach your dog, including methods of both discipline and praise. Techniques such as positive reinforcement are very beneficial for dogs and are particularly powerful, while being enjoyable for them.

While your dog is your priority, how you communicate with your trainer is important too. Your trainer’s should be able to translate their understanding into constructive advice. A good trainer can tell you both what is working in terms of training your dog, and what isn’t. This includes passing on insights of what to do to correct certain issues, while conveying these ideas in a constructive, friendly way. In order to do this, a trainer needs to not only be able to express themselves clearly, but also be diplomatic and observant.

There are various ways in which you can choose to train your dog. Some owners opt for private lessons, while others will put their dog through group daycare.

Group sessions are valuable not only because they are more budget friendly, but also because they are better as a long-term option. This is because your pet will have time to get to grips with a wider variety of commands. However one-on-one training provides your dog with lessons that are specially tailored to their needs, helping them learn in the best way for them.

There are also the various levels of obedience training to take into account. As well as classes specifically for puppies, there are basic educational classes, adult training, agility and advanced tutoring. Which of these you go for can affect pricing, as well as how quickly your dog learns (depending on its needs and comprehension).

Yes! You might be surprised to hear that dog training can be done remotely, through online video platforms like Zoom. They can take the form of group sessions or one-to-one classes to tackle certain individual behavioural issues. Many customers prefer online dog training for all sorts of reasons, like saving on travel time and costs.

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