Embracing Dogness, Empowering Choice
Our Mission is to positively support the human-dog relationship by teaching dog parents how to speak canine thereby empowering them to get the best out of their best friend!
Our teaching style is safe, supportive, non-judgmental and non-forceful for all human and dog learners.
What can we help you with?
The Chewy End of the Leash
Chewing, biting, house-soiling- oh my! Are you looking for some immediate relief? Are your dreams of a laid back, well adjusted dog being chased away by razor sharp teeth on pogo-sticks? Don’t give up, we’re here to help make those dreams a reality!
Living with Humans
Just adopted a dog and want to teach him how to live harmoniously in his new home? Do you need to tune up those pesky behaviors that won’t go away? Or do you just want to communicate better with your best friend and strengthen your bond? Whatever your reason for landing here, we’re ready to help!
Over-reactive behaviors put stress on you and your dog which in turn fuels underlying anxieties while often creating new ones. I can teach you and your dog easy to implement skills that can change how they feel and therefore react to former stressors.
Why is choice so important in our dogs’ lives?
Well, it’s fundamental in our human lives, and we don’t give it a second thought until it’s taken away from us, right?
Just think how many choices you make in a day…when to sleep, what to eat, what clothes to wear, where you’d like to work, who you want to socialize with and on and on… Many dogs live in a world where they don’t even have choices. And sadly, research demonstrates that a lack of choice leads to stress, anxiety, physical symptoms such as ulcers and high-blood pressure, and a condition called “learned helplessness” in which the animal essentially gives up and stops trying to express itself.
On the other hand, being given meaningful choice opportunities increases joy and reduces stress, even in potentially stressful situations. But don’t fret. Giving your dog choices isn’t as daunting as it sounds! My goal is to teach my clients how to create a choice-rich environment for their dogs with easy to implement steps that can be used at home, when training on walks or during playtime.
And when you give your dog more choice, his overall behavior will improve. That’s because most misbehavior is related to stress. When we increase choice, we decrease stress, and that leads to better behavior! Choice Matters.
My mission is to help you create an environment where your dog has many good options, and almost always makes the right choice!
Happier dogs make happier, less stressed pet parents, bringing joy and harmony to your home.
Dog’s Choice believes in the power of relationships that are based on trust and support. This belief applies to our dog-human and human-human relationships.
Positive Reinforcement – What is it and why does it matter?
Positive Reinforcement uses science-based, force-free techniques aimed at building trust and confidence with your dog. This empowers him or her to offer new behaviors and make better choices. Positive Reinforcement also takes into account the individual learner by developing their skills based on how they learn and what motivates them.
If you reward your dog with praise, play, food, toys, etc. when he responds to you or demonstrates a behavior you like, then that behavior will likely be repeated.
Positive Reinforcement rewards positive behavior that’s incompatible with negative behavior thereby lessening your dog’s frustration, anxiety and stress, while also enabling the dog to feel emotionally stable.
Emotionally stable dogs are less likely to display anxiety-based behaviors which are at the root of many common dog behavior issues.
Get to Know Us
Hi there! I’m Rachael, owner and trainer of Dog’s Choice and I’m so glad you’re here as it means you’re looking for a safe and supportive training experience for you and your dog!
You made the right choice! And I can’t wait to help you achieve your goals for your dog, while embracing their dogness!
Your dog is an individual, as are you, and we will treat you both with the utmost respect and compassion as we tailor your sessions to suit your needs.
Did you know many common behavior issues stem from lack of enrichment AKA doing doggy stuff that fulfills a specific need? This could be social interactions, sensory, physical, occupational or nutritional enrichment.
A quick and easy way to add mental stimulation, build confidence and fulfill our dog’s need to forage is by offering some of their meals in puzzle toys. You can check out my favorite feeding puzzles here.
Tip for walks: If you walk your dog after they have engaged in some form of mental activity (training session, puzzle toys, hide n seek) they will be mentally fatigued and have less energy to put into pulling when on their walk.
For more info on me and my training methods and philosophy check out my About Page.
[Already made the choice to start working on a stronger relationship that fulfills your needs as well as meeting your dogs? Then let’s get started!]