Set a solid foundation in 2 weeks

We train with you in 3 lesson increments. We do 3 lessons in 2 weeks to get you set up with a solid foundation.  If your dog is over 7 months of age, we start with Basic Training 101.  If your puppy is under 28 weeks of age, we begin with puppy head start.

Each of these foundational sets of lessons are age appropriate and set you up with the basics to form a solid relationship, start teaching basic interactive skills, and teaches you how to dissuade unwanted behaviors.

This foundation is followed by subsequent three-lesson courses that build upon all your basic skills.

Train with Sean McDaniel

A BALANCED, RESULTS ORIENTED APPROACH

As a trainer in Seattle over the last two decades, I’ve seen just about every dog behavior issue out there. In that time, I’ve also seen just about every dog training methodology too. If you’ve been researching training online for any amount of time, you’ve probably also come across many different philosophies and methods of training as well. I was originally trained in ‘purely positive’ clicker training, and operant conditioning and then went on to train in various non-food treat oriented methods.

DOGS NEVER READ THE PURELY POSTIVE DOG COMMUNICATIONS BOOK

In my first couple of years working with dogs and watching them interact with each other, I noticed that they use a balance of positive and negative feedback with each other in a social setting to develop group norms and rules. The strange thought I had at the time was, “I guess dogs never read the purely positive dog communication book?” So, in broad terms, we train a bit more like dogs train each other; with balanced, fair and consistent, positive feedback for the behaviors we like and fair, minimum-threshold negative feedback for behaviors we don’t like.

TO TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT

Food can be useful in training. However, if food is the sole basis of your relationship with your dog and your training, I guarantee that your dog will be unreliable in real life.  I use food with puppies all the time and in behavioral modification, but typically, I don’t use food treats as the basis for the relationship with our adult dogs. Ultimately, though, my larger bias is a bias towards results.  We use what works with your dog to get them to be functional in everyday life.  The goal is that our dog ultimately listens to us in functional settings without the reliance on food.

If you’d like more information about what my training is all about, please feel free to check out THE DOGS WAY PODCAST EPISODES 2 and 3.

Sean McDaniel
Host of THE DOGS WAY PODCAST
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