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My Approach

Effective training relies on effective communication with your dog - this is the key to success.   Think back to all the times we ask our dogs for a behavior, such as 'Off!' or 'Drop It'.  We ask once, but she does not comply.  So we repeat the request, each time a little louder.   After many failed attempts, we simply give up or force compliance by grabbing the dog or removing the potentially harmful object from her mouth.   Or worse, many well-intended people get poor advice, such as to use 'leash corrections', or wear prong, electric, 'bark' or other aversive collars - which are not only cruel, but leaves the dog fearful, anxious and at greater risk of aggression.

There are much more effective and joyful ways to teach your dog!  This is why I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion of dog training with you - through evaluations, demonstrations, and coaching, you will learn to:

  1. Communicate effectively with your dog using proper training mechanics.

  2. Understand what your dog is telling you, through her body language and behavior.

  3. Apply cutting-edge techniques and protocols, developed by leaders in the field (see Deep Dive for some references).

  4. Prioritize your goals and create a plan to reach them.

  5. Measure success by results and modify plans when necessary.

My Credentials

Education - certificates included below.

 

Professional Associations​

Choosing a Dog Trainer

Did you know that anyone, and I mean anyone, can call herself a 'Dog Trainer?   The field is completely unregulated, with no licensure, educational or legal requirements: however, there are efforts to improve this, such as The Alliance for Professionalism in Dog Training.  This would be a huge step in the right direction, but until then, it is crucial that you carefully vet all trainers by ensuring they are certified by a respected, modern organization (CCPDT is the industry standard), educated, and have the expertise you need - such as separation anxiety, aggression or fear based behaviors.     

 

Pay attention to the language the trainers use, particularly the ones below.

  • Effectiveness is not enough:   I can hold a gun to your head and get you to do pretty much anything.  Very effective.  But is this ethical?  Electric Shock collars may serve to suppress behavior, but at a great cost to the dog and your relationshipEvery technique needs to be ethical - first and foremost.  Fortunately, gentle, humane and positive techniques are the most effective, for both your dog and relationship.

  • Certified Trainers:  Not all education and certifications are created equal.  Some trainers mention they are 'certified' but do not specify the organization.  Vet thoroughly, no less than you would for a child.

  • Pack Leaders:  Trainers who emphasize 'dominance' or being a 'pack leader' generally base their methods on discredited theories of dog behavior, serving to justify harsh training methods such as jerking on the leash ('corrections'), using choke, electric, vibrating, citronella or pronged collars, or other aversive equipment - which are not only cruel, but leave dogs stressed, fearful, and at greater risk of aggressive behaviors.  

  • Balanced Trainers:  This euphemism simply means that they rely on positive and negative techniques, as those mentioned above.  

  • Breed Specific Trainers:  Although it is true certain breeds might be predisposed to specific behaviors - the principles and laws of animal behavior apply to (you guessed it) all animals - humans included.  Therefore, be weary of trainers who suggest that the principles of animal behavior, or methods, somehow do not apply to certain breeds, such as German Sheppards or Pit Bulls.

  • Board and Train Programs:  Board and train programs, particularly with a trainer you are already working with, can help in limited scenarios:  but be extremely skeptical of anyone who guarantees results or quick fixes, these trainers often rely on fear-based techniques, punishment and aversive equipment; which can result in severe trauma to your dog.  Even in the best case scenario, dogs do not generalize well.  This means that if your dog learns new behaviors during her stay does not mean that behavior will be offered when in a different context.  Dogs learn best in their home environments and from their guardians.

WELCOME!

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I'm Deanne Romano, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CSAT certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and separation anxiety trainer.  I am thrilled to share my knowledge and joy of dog training with you to help you achieve all your dog's behavioral goals.  

 

I have earned my diploma from Catch Canine Trainers Academy and earned both the dog training and behavior consultant certifications by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) the leading independent certifying organization.  Both organizations are based on scientific principles, practice humane and effective techniques, and require extensive hands on experience - and continuing education to maintain the credentials.

 

Schedule your complimentary 30 minute consultation today.

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