I've been a Certified, Master-Trainer and behaviorist for the past thirty (+) years. My career with dogs started as a dog walker in my late teens. In 1993, I created one of the first integrated dog training/walking services in the Philadelphia area. Looking to expand upon my knowledge and hone my skills, I attended the "National K-9 Learning Center" in Columbus, Ohio where I became certified in dog training in areas such as: Police K9 protection, assistance work for the disabled, search & rescue, utility work, kennel management, puppy development, basic and advanced obedience, as well as, a series of behavioral modifications.
I founded and ran "The Dog School" (est. 1998), one of the first and well renowned day cares and pet sitting services in center city Philadelphia, for thirteen years. See feedback and reviews on YELP. A couple of years ago, I decided to pursue some of my other interests and made the hard decision to sell my business in order to focus on new endeavors.
It wasn’t long before I realized that my first love and true passion was with working with dogs and their families. I have recently decided to return to my roots in dog training and care.
My method has been developed over the past fifteen years. I believe each dog is different, so I cater to the individual needs of the family. An appropriate collar and verbal praise are the foundation of the introductory training. In some cases, I also employ the use of treats in the beginning to ease some dogs into “trust building”. However, I’ve found that the use of treats is unreliable and your "recruit" will be quickly weaned of that technique in favor of verbal praise for the purpose of building confidence. I’ve found that this proven method works well, but is dependent on reinforcement from the parents and other family members, in the form of homework.