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My training Philosophy  
Training dogs for me has always been second nature since I was 6 years old. I believe in rewards of praise 1st and using treats second when teaching dogs companionship and obedience. It totally depends on the dog and the venue, on how you train. However, I am not a clicker trainer. I do believe, as an owner, one should gain the trust and working relationship of your dog so that you can become a unified team, whether at home, at the vet or on the road. I train all my dogs in companionship first which includes off lead listening skills, anywhere, anytime. That training may includes treats, but the bottom line it is all praise reward driven, to build the trust and a good working relationship.
I crate train all my dogs. It creats a smooth transition into becoming a house dog. 

My training Experience   
At 6 years old I trained my first dog and showed her in fun shows/matches, winning any of the obedience classes I entered. I did not have any training and literally just trained her with my instincts. I moved into the horse world at age 12 and by 16 was showing and training horses for western pleasure. By the age of 20, I began Judging western pleasure and equation classes at horse shows. At the age of 16, I attended my first Schutzhund obedience class with a new puppy. Part way into the class, the Schutzhund Club asked me to start teaching classes. I taught all levels of obedience training. I have continued to train dogs and have opened up my experience to other venues.
Over 50 years of experience in training dogs including; 
Obedience, tracking, All Schutzhund levels of obedience, attack work. 
Herding training and trialing for about 7 years.
Trained and handled dogs for movies and TV commercials for 10 years.  
Confirmation handling and training for the past 20 years.
Trained and titled dogs in AKC obedience and Rally.
Dabbled scent work
CGC evaluator 

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