Kelly is a life-long animal lover and absolutely loves her job helping dogs and pet parents to achieve their real-life goals.
She began her dog training journey at PetSmart where she worked for 6 years teaching life-stage classes, private lessons, trick & CGC courses, and more.
In 2018, Kelly became certified in force-free games-based training by Absolute Dogs. She is also certified through the AKC as a member of APDT to be a CGC and tricks evaluator.
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About Games-Based Training
There are many different "schools of thought" when it comes to dog training and the terms for them all can be quite confusing: fear-free, positive reinforcement, balanced training, clicker training, classical conditioning, dominance method, and more. This is what makes it essential for you to be able to get to know your prospective trainer and their methods before allowing them to work with your dog. Using the wrong type of training method for your dog can have lasting consequences!
Here at Happy Dog Acres we utilize games-based training. Games-based training is a non-aversive, positive-reinforcement style of training which has been proven to help create real-life results for dogs. Games-based training:
Tom and Lauren from Absolute Dogs are pioneers in Games-based training. Take a look at what they have to say:
What to Expect from Games-Based Training
When training a pet to walk nicely on leash, many expect to be taught a specific way to hold the leash, the right tone of voice, the right commands, and the right movements to get your dog to walk next to you. For some dogs there may be a magical combination that helps them learn what you are asking them to do. For many dogs and their owners, however, it is much more complicated. It is the same with teaching your dog other concepts as well. At Happy Dog Acres we typically walk all students through a 4-part process to create a training plan that will lead to real success.
Each dog has different struggles: some are too nervous, some are too excited, some spend too much time sniffing, some never want to stop running, some are great with other humans or dogs and some aren't. Your pup's personality and problem behaviors will provide a roadmap to your training plan.
Management strategies are techniques you can use to prevent problem behaviors from happening. Preventing your dog from rehearsing (practicing) these bad behaviors keeps them from being cemented into lifelong habits while you build the skills they need to teach them new habits.
Many behavioral issues arise when pet parents unknowingly fail to fulfill their dog's basic needs. Did you know your pet should be sleeping between 12 and 20 hours a day? A lack of rest, being unable to engage in breed-specific behaviors, or not having an outlet for natural behavior can cause a whole host of problems.
Beyond obedience skills your pet has a deeper set of skills which influence their behavior: ability to be calm, body awareness, optimism, tolerance of frustration, and more. Only once your pet has been set up for success through the previous steps can we begin making a games-based strategy to build the skills that will help them become the dog you dreamed of. And have fun doing it!
This training method works for a wide variety of issues. Some common problems we work through with dogs and their owners include:
The Free Consultation is a scheduled 30-minute phone call where we can discuss your pup, your home environment, any problem behaviors, your training goals, and a potential training plan. It's a great way to be able to get to know Kelly and ask all your questions without the commitment and cost of a full, in-person private training lesson. Click the link below to view available call times and book one that works for you.