Scott The K9-Coach educates pet parents and solve canine behavioral issues. He has successfully trained thousands dogs and their human families in Santa Clarita and the surrounding valleys using all-natural, dog-friendly techniques.
I visited the local Petco to ask customers if they had any suggestions for experienced Dog Trainers in the valley and found a few with the same response. I sought out the owners with the most well behaved dogs in the store with them as a guideline for interviewing potential candidates.
"My hubby and I had tried Petco first and although the trainer was very nice and knowledgeable about the species, their training methods are only good if you want your dog to do anything and everything for a treat," said Jess Silverstein, a newer client of Scott's whom I met at Petco while investigating local trainers. I personally had similar results with Petco trainers while completing mandatory obedience training as a part of adoption requirements from New Leash On Life, a local dog rescue.
In an interview with Scott he commented on some common misconceptions people have about dog training. He said mostly he hears that training has to be treat methods or physical punishment to garner respect from the dog. In his opinion, treat methods are just a bribery method, which never results in a bonded, respectful relationship with their dog. Physical methods usually create a shy dog that listens out of fear. This is never a strong relationship.
According to the K9-Coach website, the techniques were developed in Australia. The simple, natural and dog-friendly training methods focus on developing a positive relationship between owner and dog to establish a lasting emotional bond based on respect and trust. Their dog obedience techniques leverage the same communication methods - body language and voice control - that dogs follow as part of their instinctual pack mentality.
"Though our dogs are very friendly, for first time visitors it was terrifying to see two pit bulls running at them as soon as they stepped through the door," said Shannon Thompson, a client of Scott's. "Scott does train your dog however, what is truly going on is he is training you."
When asked why he prefers "in-home" training he said that a dog learns in its own environment ten times faster than an outside environment because this is where the issues arise and they are open to learning with fewer distractions.
Scott also talked about consistency or lack thereof. If an owner is having an issue with their dog after training, it almost always has to do with inconsistency on the owner's part. Too tired from work that day or kids karate, soccer, baseball, etc. are the reasons he is usually given. The reality is that most people hope he'll come and "cure" the dog so they'll just stay quiet so the owner can go about their life. He uses the example of toilet training their children and how long it took, and that their expectations for their dog are unrealistic.
According to Scott, the fact is that the trainer will not be around very long in the dog's life. He changes how owners respond to their dog's behaviors. By practicing the same way every day, the owners then change themselves and the dogs see the owner in a new light. The other way just wasn't cutting it in the dog's eyes. Being a good leader takes practice. Good body language with control of tones and proactive timing are the hallmarks of a great leader for a dog.
"I change people's actions, dogs respond accordingly," said Scott. "So when I leave, the dog respects and listens to the owner, not just the trainer."
Dogs speak to each other on a different level then we do, but not by much. Because dogs use body language and tones with each other, Scott teaches his clients how to communicate using these methods. Rather than expecting a dog to understand the English language, the owner should be more backwards compatible and learn to communicate to the dog in a way he understands. If he understands you, and you are acting like a leader, he will then want to make you happy like an employee to a boss and a true trust, bond relationship can ensue.
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Jess Silverstein - Petco shopper/client of Scott's
Shannon Thompson - Petco shopper/client of K9-Coach Home Dog Training