The K9 Coach Mission

“My dream is that one day we will not have a need for dog behavior training to rehabilitate dogs” – Dana B, The K9 Coach Dog Training

My mission is a restored  life for dogs as members of a forever family.  

Over 10,000 dogs die each day in shelters.  4.5 Million Dogs a Year.   Most before they are 2 years old.  Many more are rehomed or surrendered to rescue groups.   Many are simply abandoned to meet their own fate.

Issues cited are often issues that could have been prevented or corrected with very basic dog obedience training and knowledge.   Some more complex issues could be resolved with balanced training while many positive trainers are now refusing to take on aggression cases at all.

Despite a growing number of rescues and efforts across the country, this problem is not getting better.   Training is often not sought out until their is a big problem.

Families continue to struggle with a lack of knowledge and experience.   People continue to make mistakes in understanding their dogs.    Yet, information is available everywhere — it’s just not being heard.

Don’t give up your dog.   Dog give up on your dog.   Don’t’ give up on yourself.   There are training solutions for everyone.    Most of all, don’t make any decision about your dog’s future without having tried balanced professional training first.

I create training solutions for the dog and owner to partner together.   I create solutions to rehabilitate dogs place and/or keep them  in forever homes.

Give us a chance to help you give your dog a chance…..

Balanced Dog Training

Balanced Dog Training:

Philosophy And Methodology

Balanced Training engages 3 Primary Components:
Praise, Motivation and Correction

You will learn how to communicate effectively and consistently with your dog. You will learn how to be the be the leader your dog needs you to be.  In truth, you may have the most to learn.

Your dog (and you) will learn a very specific vocabulary and clear definition of the command, clear expectations, what’s right and what’s not right.   Your dog will learn to perform the command the first time it’s issued and

hold that command until released or given a new command.  He will learn there are certain skills and rules are not optional.  He will learn to do this under distractions – other dogs, other people, toys, food, nature, etc.   This level of obedience just may save your dog’s life one day.  It will certainly make your dog more enjoyable and make you less frustrated with his behavior.    Basic obedience skills are essential to solving every behavioral problem.

We also want your dog to have fun.  Lot’s of fun.  We want you to have fun with your dog.  We will teach you how to let them know when they need to be alert and obedient versus the times they can relax, play, and be a dog.

While we lean heavily into Positive Reinforcement quadrant of classical training, there are times in which the other for quadrants need to be leveraged too. Teaching a new behavior to a dog does not prevent it from a desire or willingness to attempt bad behaviors in the future, given the chance.  Our goal is to prevent those behaviors.

At The K9 Coach, during the teaching phase of any new skill we use verbal markers (Yes!, Good!  Better, and No”.

We use food with puppies, some adults to learn new skills and in our feeding protocols for behavior modification.   Food is powerful when used properly and not as a reward for tricks.     We will show you how to get your dog to work for you, without food, but to take advantage of using food to challenge him and embrace his instincts.

We believe all dogs are praiseworthy.    In time, your dog is going to learn that your praise and affection is the greatest thing he can earn. We are going to teach you how to praise your dog effectively — to figure out what his currency is.   He will also be given a chance to think and make a choice in his actions.

When appropriate to your dog’s learning, we will make a correction.    This may be a verbal marker (”No”, it may be removal of something the dogs wants/likes, or it may be a leash-based correction.

In some cases, we may make recommendations for the owner to move to a slip-lead, prong collar or ecollar for the most effective training results and to address very specific issues

Ecollar Training

Training Dogs.  Coaching People.  Changing Lives

Have you considered ecollar training for your dog?

Modern e-collar training is nothing like it was in the past and produces some amazing results with not only challenging dogs, but also happy go lucky dogs who enjoy freedom of not being tethered to a leash outside!

All 4 of my dogs have been trained on it — even Diva Lexie, who doesn’t need it all for behavior, but I wanted to see how a sensitive dog would respond.   I used it on the Weenie Dogs as a test for small dogs and to give them off leash freedom outdoors.  And of course, I attribute it to saving Vinnie’s life as a behavioral case when he came into rescue.

We are experts at low-level remote collar training, off leash training and at behavior modification for complex issues.

We use top-of-the-line remote collar systems   These collars have a refinement range of over 100+ levels.  This enables us to really tune our program so that each dog is using the lowest level possible for communication.  We find the ecollar to be more the most effective, consistent means of communication and is far less physical than anything you might do with a leash, collar, physical touch, verbal harshness, etc.

Like any training tool, including your voice or body, tools can be misused.  However, our training system uses this tool in the most gentle and humane way possible.  E-collar training opens up a new line of communication and trust with your dog.

It is widely misunderstood that a fearful dog is not a candidate for using the collar.   The fact is, modern E-Collar training is the best training for dogs with these types of issues. Our E-Collar training system is designed to create more confident, relaxed, and comfortable dogs. technologies has designed collars, stimulation levels, and now even the box size specifically for small dogs.    Again, with small dogs, a tap on the collar is far less stressful on the body than leash pressure work.    E-collar training allows you tune to the unique, low-level, e-collar pressure needed to communicate with your dog, in a gentle, less physically taxing way.  I

Don’t let any one fool you — many dogs are excited to see the collars come out because it means fun outings are about to take place.

And yes, of course we use them at correction levels when needed.   I’d much rather correct your dog for inappropriate and potentially dangerous behaviors, such that these behaviors are eliminated than to continue the risk, struggle with training day after day, and give him communications that are not clear and not consistent.

Ecollar training will be your most reliable way to build recall  and reliable off-leash communication between you and your pup!

I start puppies on e-collar training between 5-6 months of age, depending on the dog.

It is not a requirement in our training program that all dogs use an ecollar.  For some, it will be recommended and for others it may be a requirement for us to take the case.   Much of it will depend on the issue, the dog, the owner, and the goals for training. We are happy to discuss this in detail with you.