My Force-Free Pledge

I Promise:

  • I will explain fully what I propose to do with your dog and why.
  • I will invite and encourage you to ask questions.
  • I will always do my best to be friendly and approachable so that you feel comfortable and unafraid of judgement.
  • I will review and consult with multiple positive training resources when developing a behavior modification protocol or training program to ensure it follows our force free guidelines.
  • Your dog’s physical and emotional well-being will be my top priority when working out any behavior modification protocol or training program for you.
  • I will never coerce your dog into participating in any form of behavior modification.
  • I will encourage your dog to make the choice we want using non-threatening and rewarding motivators.
  • I will work hard to keep your dog under threshold and keep him/her as stress-free as possible.
  • I will work hard to keep the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you as the owner, handler, and trainer of your own dog.
  • I will treat your dog as an individual and your situation as unique – one size does not fill all.
  • I will never do anything with your dog that I wouldn’t do with my own dogs.
  • I will consider your dog to be as much a vital part of your family as my dogs are mine.
  • I will never bully your dog using threatening or violent behavior.
  • I will never put a choke, prong, or e-collar around your dog’s neck or recommend you do so.
  • I will continue to follow up my education by attending workshops, seminars, conferences, and courses so as to add to my ‘training toolbox’ and bring you the very best service I can.
  • No dog will ever be ‘just a dog’ to me.
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