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At Ain't Misbehavin' K9, the emphasis is always on making learning fun and interesting for both dogs and their human companions.  
The methods used are based on sound learning theory and the most current scientific studies, which support the use of force free
methods for teaching and training dogs.

Our training programs are based on a combination of three basic ideas:  
1.) Teaching dog owners about creating a healthy relationship with their dogs: one with clearly defined roles and effective
communication, as well as consistent boundaries and rules.
2.) Teaching dogs by rewarding the desirable behaviors we want to see, and by helping them learn how to best succeed at getting
the things they want and need.
3.) Ensuring that a dog's physical and emotional needs are met through proper exercise and mental stimulation.

First and foremost, we teach people to understand their pets and to relate to them in a healthy and constructive way. This means
forming realistic and attainable goals and standards for behavior, and staying committed and consistent while working toward those
goals. Rather than reacting to their pet’s mistakes or undesirable behaviors, we teach people to relate to their dogs thoughtfully
and pro-actively, and then to shape their pet’s behavior into something they want to see. By helping to people redefine their
relationship with their dogs, we ultimately help them to change their dog's behavior, while also developing a deeper and more
trusting bond.

We help our clients to understand the importance of leadership in human/canine relationships, and teach them to how to be good
leaders. This is accomplished not by using force and intimidation, but by being the origin of good things and a source of help and
valuable information. Instead of teaching dogs to “submit” to people because they are big and bad and will win in the end, we teach
our clients how to become someone who is worthy of being followed, by being consistently helpful, predictable and trustworthy.

To change unwanted habits and increase desirable behaviors in our dogs, we use rewards. Rewards are the easiest and most reliable
way to motivate dogs and to get them to actually want to do what you want them to do. Sometimes that means using food,
sometimes toys, sometimes life rewards…actually, it can mean using anything that an individual dog finds rewarding. In some
instances we might use a clicker or other type of “marker” to help a dog understand the specifics of the behavior we are rewarding.  
And by setting the dog up for success, we are able to teach them about the things they should be doing, rather than focusing on
the things that they shouldn’t be doing. This type of motivation creates a willing, enthusiastic and confident dog; one who trusts
in their human companion and themselves.

We also utilize corrections. But the word correction should not be confused with punishment. At Ain’t Misbehavin’ K9, a correction
is used to convey information and to help a dog understand about choices that won’t work. This does not include the use of
violence or physical confrontation, but might take the form of temporarily restricting access to something the dog really wants,
such as a food treat or even an owner’s directed attention. Occasionally, we also use verbal signals, to let the dog know that they
are "on the wrong track."  It's important to note that corrections are never used as an independent training tool, but rather in
conjunction with rewards, as a way to make the correct choice easier to discern and even more appealing.

And finally, because all the training in the world won't be truly effective if a dog is under-stimulated, frustrated or bored, we make
sure that people understand the importance of proper exercise and environmental enrichment for their dogs. We will make specific
recommendations for exercise and activities to help our client's dogs be happier, more relaxed, and content.

(Q.) What's in a name? (A.) The truth.

I believe that what many people call "bad behavior" is often just normal dog behavior that people don't find pleasing.
Often times our dog's biggest crime is simply that of thinking and acting like a normal dog. In order to be successful as a pet, dogs have to learn
how to behave in a way that conforms to human sensibilities. It's our job to understand this, and help them understand what
we DO want them to do...not punish them for the things we don't like, or try to "win" some imaginary battle.
It's this belief that inspired me to name this dog training business:
Ain't Misbehavin' K9
dog running away, dog misbehaving, running dog
We believe that the how your train your dog, and the way it impacts
your relationship, is as important as the results you achieve.

There's really only one absolutely unbreakable rule at Ain't Misbehavin' K9,
and that is that every dog be treated with fairness and dignity. It's the
least we can offer them in exchange for what they offer us every day...
uncompromising and unconditional love!
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