Vickis training philosophy is very simple, use as little force as possible and as much as necessary to get the job done. Our pet training uses the same basic principles that are used in training search and rescue dogs and other service dogs. See Affiliations.
The foundation work is done through a system of rewards and praise. Developing a leadership role is crucial and is done first.
Vicki is not a big fan of compulsion which includes various types of punishment including hitting, jerking, squirting dogs with water bottles or using shock collars. Usually, punishment based training confuses the dog and often doesnt work.
There are times, however, when tough love may be needed. That is why all dogs are given a unique personal training program that is specifically suited to their special needs and the goals of their family.