Finding a dog trainer can be a daunting task. Dog training is unregulated, so it can be difficult to decide which trainer is right for you. Petunia and Company owner Beverley McKee advocates for engaging the services of a dog trainer that holds an industry recognized certification, communicates training plans and goals clearly, is transparent and realistic with a focus on management first for behaviour modification, works within a reasonable scope of practice, and above all, follows a humane hierarchy and LIMA approach to dog training.
Our dog training approach is a positive reinforcement approach, and our membership with the Pet Professional Guild speaks to that commitment. Here, you will not find a punishment based approach, and equipment designed to force compliance through fear or pain is not used. We don’t believe that dogs come pre-programmed with an automatic understanding of what our human rules of polite society are, but rather, it’s up to us to humanely teach our dogs what those rules are and reinforce our dogs’ success in learning.
But ideology isn’t enough, and our professional certifications and dedication to continuing education speak to a truly educated and science based approach to dog training and behavior modification. Further, we believe that pet care professionals should work in a realistic manner and within a self-regulated scope of practice. If additional veterinary assessments or the services of an Applied Animal Behaviorist are required, we can and will refer you to the best in the industry.
As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (http://www.ccpdt.org) and a Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer Professional through FearFreePets.com, you can expect Petunia and Company owner and trainer Beverley McKee to provide you with a thorough assessment, a realistic training and management plan, guidance through the implementation of that plan, and detailed follow up notes and support to continue teaching your dog new skills to cope with our busy urban lives. Beverley follows a humane hierarchy model and embraces a force-free approach to dog training. There is no mysticism or alchemy involved in dog training. We provide realistic and proven solutions following professional industry-standard protocols that humanely teach your dog the skills they need to live happy and harmonious lives.
Services currently provided are private consultations for basic foundation skills, puppy integration, socialization and manners skills, dog park navigation skills, Canine Good Neighbour preparation, fear free husbandry desensitization and counter conditioning and behavior modification through a classical conditioning approach. Services are billed at an hourly rate. Virtual consultations for some services are available. Special interest workshops and classes offered periodically.
Please contact Beverley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to schedule a telephone conversation to discuss services required and recommended.