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Don't' be afraid....

 Doing things differently starts with seeing things differently, challenging our perceptions and re-examing our assumptions. by, Cameron Ford

Here at the Canine Training Academy we are dedicated to bringing more joy and less frustration into the lives of the animals and people who choose to train with us.


Our training process is science-based and grounded in the use of force-free methods to train dogs or modify unwanted or problematic behaviors. We are dedicated to teaching our clients science-based training techniques that not only work to produce a dog that is a happy and willing participant in its training but also avoids the use of harsh, scary correction or dominance-based training practices. We believe that our training methods not only work to produce well-trained, happy dogs but also help build life-long relationships between dogs and owners based on mutual respect and trust. In keeping with our level of education and training experience, it is our opinion that it is not necessary to use fear, so-called dominance or pack-leader methods or harsh corrections to train our best friends.


Here are just a few reasons why we choose to train pet dogs using force-free methods:


There is ALWAYS a cost associated with the use of aversive training methods. Correction and dominance-based (pack-leader) training methods that advocate harsh leash corrections, choking, yelling, kicking, hitting and pinning or rolling dogs only serves to scare and intimidate and can create stress, distrust, fear, and severe avoidance issues. Using these types of methods can also poison your cues or commands, may be dangerous and, in some cases, can cause aggression in your dog later down the road. Once fear is installed in a dog through harsh or aversive training or even by accident or misadventure it is almost impossible to completely reverse its effects. Who wants a dog that is constantly stressed, learns to avoid its owner or worse, is afraid of its owner and can only be controlled through fear, intimidation, and harsh corrective actions? 


We are firm believers in helping you train your dog and understand its behaviors better by:

  • Creating an environment that provides optimal learning for you and your dog.

  • Communicating with, and coaching our clients on a level they can understand. 

  • Teaching students how to install strong, fluent behavior without using harsh punishment-based training.

  • Utilizing training protocols that are grounded in the science of operant and classical conditioning. (This is scientific lingo for how animals actually learn things).

  • Working with clients to improve the overall training experience by educating them about how animals learn and how best to teach them. We believe this approach to training and behavior modification speeds up the learning process, provides clarity for dogs, eliminates fear and decreases frustration and stress levels for both clients and dogs.

  • Educating clients about "why he does that" (normalizing the most common undesirable behaviors) and providing creative and humane management and training solutions for issues dog owners may be experiencing.

​We are dedicated to delivering easily understood force-free training protocols based on the science of animal learning. 

We don't use the following aversive training methods or gear in our pet dog classes. 

  • Pinch collars

  • E-collars

  • Choke chains or nylon chokes

  • Dominance or pack-leader type methods such as pinning, rolling dogs or scaring dogs. (which can cause trauma, fear, stress or aggression) 

  • Yelling, kicking, harsh leash yanking or any harsh physical punishment.


We do use:

  • Food, toys, and praise to motivate dogs. 

  • Clickers and verbal markers for clarity and communication during the training process.

  • No-pull harnesses and gentle leaders for dogs that pull too hard during walks.

  • Leashes and long lines

  • Flat collars, martingale style collars or harnesses.

  • Science, patience, and professionalism to train dogs and clients. 


Unfortunately, there are currently no standards or educational requirements that dog trainers must comply with to train dogs. ANYONE can say they are a dog trainer. When seeking out a trainer for your best friend we highly recommend that you take the time to ask questions first before choosing a trainer. Trainers should be transparent and upfront about the methods they are going to use to train your dog but that is not always the case. Always ASK. Inquire about their experience and formal education as dog trainers first, before signing up for any training program. Armed with information, you can make an informed choice about how you want your dog trained.


If our training philosophy sounds like a good fit for you and your dog we would love to work with you. If not, we respectfully and, without judgment, suggest that you seek out another trainer.

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