For as long as I can remember I’ve had a passion for animals and felt comforted by their presence.

Having moved many times as a child, I often took comfort in being outdoors, creating relationships with a menagerie of scaled, shelled, feathered and furry critters that were never far from my home. At night, my favorite stuffed animals would keep the monster under my bed at bay. Dogs have been some of my very best friends over the years… and every pet has been like a family member.

Growing up, the only form of dog training I saw was punitive.  Lots of rubbing dogs’ noses in poop for going potty in the wrong place and jerking choke collars for pulling on the leash or some other offense, but it just didn’t agree with my belief system. As a result, I decided that I would far rather have free spirits than broken spirits by my side and very little ‘formal’ training was ever practiced.  I did communicate with my animals on a regular basis and they clearly understood some of my language but it wasn’t considered ‘training’ back then.

Then one day, I became aware of a different way to train dogs, a way that’s respectful, kind and fun. Using Positive Reinforcement methods, I found that training actually became a beautiful expression of my love and respect for dogs, and the dogs return that love and respect in many ways of their own.

 

I used the same techniques to train a wolf, a donkey, a rabbit and goats. Talk about fun!

I also discovered that a ‘free spirit’ dog with some training actually ends up being more free. Here’s what happens:  When dogs are well-behaved, they’re welcomed in more places, and when they can be trusted to follow a few simple cues, we tend to give them more freedom than we did before.

Along with this experience, my training has become more insightful, adaptive and more like an art form. I like thinking out of the box, and since no dog or person is exactly the same I’ve learned how to best modify things to help specific individuals.

I enjoy keeping up-to-date on the latest dog training techniques and classes by reading books and watching DVDs.  I also attend seminars and conferences where many of the worlds leading dog trainers and dog behaviorists share their wisdom.

My certificate in Canine Behavior Counseling is from the San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers.  I am a certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator, have had several articles on dog behavior and training published in local periodicals and I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

 

 

Bingo Dog Training proudly provides boarding school for dogs, private dog lessons, group training classes and dog behavior help in the following California cities: santa cruz, prunedale, aromas, freedom, corralitos, seaside, marina, pacific grove, scotts valley, watsonville, castroville, salinas, carmel, aptos, soquel, ben lomond, felton, pebble beach.