At Now And Zen Dog Training we believe a successful training plan factors in your dog’s unique characteristics. Wether they are a rescue, or a pure bred, every dog is a unique individual. Doing an in-home assessment of them and then adding in your own unique needs, abilities, and lifestyle, makes training simpler and more … Continue reading Your Dog Is Unique
We are all about the use of relationship enrichment, force free, training methods. Use of them helps create a stronger bond, and better behaviors, for dogs and their owners. Ulitizing our dogs ability to work with us, in ways that work for us, makes training much less labor intensive and more successful. Contact us … Continue reading Force Free Training Is Amazing!
There is a lot of misinformation out in the dog world regarding the term dominance and alpha. The true meaning of dominance is a description of status within a stable canine social hierarchy. A dominant canid controls priority access to a range of resources including food, choice sleeping spaces and breed rights. (Barbara Handelman, Canine … Continue reading Benevolent Leadership
How can we learn to walk with the dog? Enriching our connection is the key. Proper equipment can be helpful but is not the total answer. I prefer to use front clip harnesses to help teach dogs to walk with out pulling, as they are less aversive than head collars and prong collars. If I … Continue reading Walking With Your Dog
As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I adhere to the policy of Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA), approach to behavior modification and training. This means that one of our very important tools is management. What is the dog practicing? How is he able to practice it? Can we manage the environment to help manage the … Continue reading Management Is Key
We are members of the American Association of Professional Dog Trainers and Nan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. Those associations require that we adhere to the use of LIMA, also known as least intrusive, minimally aversive training methods. Using a set of humane and effective tactics we create plans that are … Continue reading We adhere to APDT LIMA position statements.
Congratulations to our new AKC S.T.A.R. Puppies Violet, Tucker, Sweet Pea, Voltron and their people! It's been so much fun working with all of you and I look forward to our continuing work together. Get a great start with your new puppy right away with our Whole Puppy Program. We are here to help you … Continue reading Our New AKC S.T.A.R. Puppies!
Probably the most important thing you can teach your dog is impulse control. Using the Premack Principle, also known as “gramma’s law”, in other words you must eat your liver before you can have dessert.” A good time at our house to work on it is at their dinner time. I waited for the dogs … Continue reading Teaching Dogs Impulse Control
I have qualified for and have been accepted to take the Council for Certified Professional Dog Trainers Knowlege Assessed test. I will be sitting for the test on September 28th. In a largely unregulated industry, such as dog training, I wanted to make sure my alliance was with the associations with the industry’s highest standards … Continue reading Certified Professional Dog Trainer- KA
I recently came across an article written by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Called the AVSAB Positiion Statement, it is based on scientific studies (not your neighbor or popular television shows) and they present facts regarding the use of punishment for behavior modification in animals. Yes, that E-collar or electric collar some trainers … Continue reading Aversive Training Methods