Noelle has been training in the Grand Valley for over 25 years. She started when she got her first Rottweiler puppy, Jack, and knew right away that she had adopted a dog that was smarter than she was. Jack understood English better than Noelle understood "Doglish".
Noelle and Jack bumbled their way through classes. Between the two of them, they managed to help other dog owners who were also struggling. Jack was a special dog who taught Noelle so much. Her biggest lesson? If you have a good relationship with your dog, the "tricks" will come.
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There are hundreds of dog obedience training programs and philosophies, and they all seem to contradict each other. One gives treats and praise, the other insists that too much praise won’t allow the dog to learn long-term obedience. Even more confusing to the dog owner is that each opposing program seems to be successful to some degree. Using a treat and heavy-praise approach could teach your dog to sit and stay just as well as a no treat approach, but they will both be lacking when it comes to overall obedience.
While many dog training classes and approaches will teach your pup how to obey you at home, our tried and true obedience training method works every time, in any environment, and under almost any circumstances. That’s what sets us apart from the others.
It is important to find a trainer you are comfortable and compatible with. We feel that having a balanced training approach is important. Seek out a trainer that has many different kinds of methods and abilities. When working with dogs and their humans, each case is different and needs its' own unique approach. Not every method, technique, or type of equipment is right for all dogs. Understanding what collar to use, when to praise, when to use treats as well as not being afraid to tell your dog "No" are all important parts of training and communicating with your dog. We don't believe in corporal punishment or being heavy handed. We also don't believe that you need to turn yourself into a human cookie jar and have treats on your body at all times when you are training. I believe in using the minimal amount of effort to create the maximum results. Life is a series of choices for both humans and dogs. Our job is to help you guide your dog into making the right choices. To show them that correct choices are more rewarding. What are you going to do when your dog is off leash and they are faced with the choice of either coming to you or running after that car, rabbit, or other distraction? We can help you become your dog's favorite choice!
I’ve been around dogs my whole life. Cats too, but lets leave them out of this? I grew up with a rambunctious and loyal Siberian Husky. His name was Shinook. At home when I was first learning to hit a ball off of a tee for tee ball my dad taught Shinook how to pull me and my friends on a sled around the yard. It was a blast and Shinook loved it too. I was amazed by the relationship that man has with dog. Since then I lived and worked with many more dogs and my amazement just continued to grow. I’m so excited to join this team and continue to learn with you… oh and does anyone like to hike? I’m thinking hiking dog classes in the near future 😊