Dog Training Solutions
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Welcome to Your Thinking Dog

About Us

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training

Trainer Tricia Kennedy is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Parter (KPA-CTP) who is experienced addressing both minor and more serious canine behavioral problems including reactivity and aggression. In addition, Tricia helps families start right with new their new puppy and teaches polite manners to adolescent and adult dogs.  Her goal is to share with people how to communicate with their pup, building a strong relationship through mutual understanding and positive reinforcement.

What We Do - Behavioral Solutions

Basic Obedience & Polite Manners 

New Puppy & Socialization

Problem Behavior

Impulse Control / High Arousal Behavior

Shy, Anxious or Fearful Dog

Reactivity 

Resource Guarding

Aggression    

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certified Trainer & Evaluator

AKC Canine Good Citizen Certified Trainer and Evaluator        

How Can We Help?

Taking your relationship with you dog to a new level starts with a phone call or email. Initial phone consultations are complimentary. Together we'll come up with a dog training solution; every new client receives a full plan outlining the strategies that are most appropriate for your dog and your family.  It's never too early to invest in your puppy or too late to help your adult dog.


A Smarter Way to Teach Your Dog

What I Think, an Intro to Learning Theory

Positive trainers like me focus on teaching behaviors that we want the dog to do, rather than focusing on punishing behaviors we don’t like. We also put great emphasis on giving dogs an element of choice, using natural motivators to encourage problem solving and techniques to increase confidence and promote emotional stability. The alternative is exacerbating emotional anxiety and instability with traditional techniques (force, punishment & domination) and devices (shock/e-collars). These punishing and aversive methods are intended to suppress negative behavior without understanding why the behavior is occurring in the first place and with little emphasis on teaching the dog what to do different in a similar situation. From the dogs perspective, "okay you don't want me to jump, but what do you want me to do?".


A good Dog Trainer understands and utilizes Learning Theory.


In summary, positive reinforcement training has 4 components:

  1. Use of positive reinforcement and negative punishment*.
  2. Never using intimidation, physical or emotional punishment or fear.
  3. Truly understanding the common misconceptions about the word ‘dominance’.
  4. Appreciating the dog’s point of view when training, what are they thinking and feeling?

* Negative Punishment - I know it sounds scary but it's not.  In Applied Behavioral Science all that means is to remove things that dogs want in order to reduce unwanted behaviors. We take away attention, a treat or a toy and then utilize other positive alternatives to get the behavior we want. That includes ignoring, interrupting or redirecting behaviors we don’t like onto other behaviors that encourage the dog’s success.  An example.  My dog jumps up to lick my face.  What does he want? Attention.  What do I do? He jumps, I turn away and ignore the behavior and wait for him to get down. I wait a few moments and then I ask him for a sit, which I reinforce with food.  I'm removing attention (Negative Punishment) and asking him for a sit, which I then reinforce (Positive Reinforcement).

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tricia@yourthinkingdog.com