Are you a certified trainer?
Yes, I am certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Additionally, I am a certified Canine Life and Social Skills evaluator through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Currently, dog trainers are not required to hold any certification to practice in the United States. However, I have chosen to go through these extra steps to better supply you with the best service possible.
Are you a behavior consultant? What does a behavior consultant do?
Yes, I have been consulting on serious behavior issues for several years and am a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
A behavior consultant works through behavior issues like fear, anxiety, and aggression, not just training sits, downs, and other basic manners. Working with these animals requires knowledge of behavior science and other types of behavior modification beyond the scope of regular training. A behavior consultant should look at a myriad of components like history and environment and not just the behavior as if it occurs in a vacuum.
What’s your service area? Do you come to my house or do I go to you?
I’m currently based out of Naperville, but I am willing to travel throughout Chicagoland. I currently serve clients in Naperville, Woodridge, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Aurora, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Wheaton, Westmont, Romeoville, Schaumburg, and more! Travel fees may apply.
I come to your house for both your convenience and to see your animal in his/her environment. This is usually more efficient. If you are uncomfortable with me visiting your home I am willing to meet in another location if you pre-arrange it.
Do you see animals other than dogs?
Yes! I primarily work with dogs and cats. I also have experience working with rabbits and horses. I am willing to work with other species with enough notice (behavior science is the same for every species!)
What training methods do you use?
I adhere to Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) principles. I also fall under the “positive reinforcement” and “force-free” training categories. I believe in using the same methods for humans as well as animals.
Does training method matter?
Yes. The difference in training methodology is the difference between the behavior getting better or worse, being resolved or suppressed to manifest itself later, and the difference in the relationship your pet has with you. The methods I use are scientifically found to yield the most effective results: saving you time, money, and hassle. Additionally, these methods also bring you and your pet closer together. It’s a win-win!
Do you guarantee results?
No, it is impossible to provide a 100% guarantee on future behavior. There are several factors affecting behavior that are beyond the scope of our control including age and genetics. A competent and knowledgeable behavior professional should never guarantee results.