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Our Training Style

WAGD utilizes positive, reward-based training methods in all of our classes and private lessons. We’re excited to share how fun AND effective positive training is with people new to the techniques!

 

Our Least Intrusive, Minimally Invasive (LIMA) strategies are both humane and effective while utilizing the most recent scientific evidence for canine behavior modification. This strategy aligns with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) position statement.

 

We are sometimes asked why we don’t recommend using punishment during training.  We’re happy to report that it simply isn’t needed, and can cause some serious side effects (known as behavioral fallout).  This position statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior gives the reasons for this, with the support of a multitude of scientific studies. 

 

We aim to make training fun for both the dogs and their people. We believe when people get hooked on training and doing things with their dogs, their lives are enhanced and their dog’s lives are too!