"Training based on shaping through positive reinforcement rests on a training 'bargain' between you and your dog. Simply stated, you say to the dog, 'You give me what I want, and I'll give you what you want.' The training process then becomes a dialogue between you both. The dogs looks to you for direction (information about what you are asking for) and confirmation (that the dog gave it to you). It is your job to be clear, consistent and fair."
~Morgan Spector, “Clicker Training for Obedience”
My business is called Sidekick because I know the joy of a polite, relaxed canine companion who can accompany you in your daily life. My number one priority is the same as yours: your relationship with your dog.
Once you understand how to communicate with your dog and effectively reinforce desired ("good") behavior, training becomes a natural, mutually beneficial part of life for you and your canine sidekick(s).
Dogs are motivated by food, toys, attention, praise and life rewards such as meeting a person or dog, being let off leash, or sniffing the ground. I will show you how to use these rewards to increase the frequency of behavior you like and reduce the occurrence of behaviors you don't like. I will also help you desensitize your dog to any upsetting triggers that cause him to be fearful or reactive.
Dog training can be simple, and it can also be very complex. Whatever your level of experience and interest, I will help you set training goals and give you the tools and coaching you need to reach them.
With a positive, contemporary, scientifically sound approach to behavior modification you feel good, your dog feels good, and you get lasting results.
My training methods are dog-friendly. I do not condone the use of fear or pain to motivate; I will never ask you to pinch, choke, jerk, pop, roll, dominate, or yell at your dog.
I adhere to The Pet Professional Guild's guidelines for force-free training: “Members understand Force-Free to mean, no shock, no choke, no pain, no fear, no physical force, no physical molding, no compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet. It is also the belief that experienced trainers must begin their behavior change programs with the least invasive and least aversive training protocols necessary to change the problematic behavior."
See below for more information. Sidekick. Train happy!
~ Amanda Brothers, Owner &
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Amanda & Wren: "High 5!" in exchange for throwing the disc
during their trick demonstrations at Seattle Pet Expo 2014. .
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Why not punishment?
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on the Use of Punishment in the Behavior Modification of Animals
Why not pack theory/alpha/dominance?
American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in the Behavior Modification of Animals