Canine PhD transforms misbehaving dogs into well-mannered companions by providing best-in-class education for a lifetime of learning. We make dog training fun and easy – giving you peace of mind and a pet who’s a pleasure to live with.
If you do not provide your dog with the opportunity to learn, make social connections and good choices, you will end up with a dog who has behavior problems.
That means anyone can be a dog trainer, with no requirement for formal education or scientific understanding of canine behavior and the mechanisms for changing it.
The good news is we’ve come far enough to have excellent, science-based dog training schools and credentialing exams. The bad news is they’re entirely voluntary.
In short, choosing a dog trainer can be complicated and a bit risky. We want you to know how serious we are about what we do. We care deeply about dogs and the people who give them loving homes, and that means striving to be the best, most effective professional dog trainers possible.
Our philosophy is to do no harm. That means a commitment to staying up on the latest scientific understanding of dog behavior (and thus all the continuing education).
It also means using the most humane and effective dog training methods. We employ the LIMA approach (Least Invasive Minimally Aversive). That means no physical corrections or punishments, no choke/prong/shock collars, and no intimidation. These methods are outdated, unnecessary, and have the potential for unwanted behavior side effects.
The leading dog training and advocacy organizations have all come out clearly in favor of reward-based training, urging dog owners to choose educated trainers who use this modern, science-based approach:
We provide continuing education for veterinary professionals so that you can learn best practices on how to reduce stress and anxiety in your patients. We also provide behavior assessments and workshops for the shelter and animal welfare communities so that you can possess the knowledge and tools to look after a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing. Want more information? Please contact us here.