The Noozhawk Plus Four Legged Friends Guide has officially arrived! We’ve scouted out the local businesses that best cater to the needs, health, comfort, training, exercise, and general well-being of our furry companions!
To take a closer look at pet facilities in Santa Barbara County, Noozhawk conducted a series of interviews with local business representatives for this year’s Four-Legged Friends and More guide that is sure to have you covered. wag the tail.
In this interview, Noozhawk spoke with Jill Atamian Hall of Four dog training on the floorAndrea Bratt from K9 behaviorJoan Hunter Mayer of The curious dogAnne Swan of Perfect Puppy Academyand Sara Munro of Sara Munro dog training to learn more about the services offered by these dog trainers!
Santa Barbara Positive Dog Trainers
Question: Who Are Santa Barbara Positive Dog Trainers?
Q: What unites you as a band?
A: We are a local group of collaborative, science-based dog trainers who each run their own business, while supporting each other in their own endeavors. We share similar training philosophies and methods, hold professional credentials maintained through continuing education, and perform dog training and behavior counseling services in accordance with a standard of practice and code of ethics. We have different areas of interest and expertise and offer training through various service structures.
Q: What is your training philosophy?
A: We are driven by both compassion for our customers and the science of canine behavior and how dogs learn. We all strive to provide enjoyable experiences for dogs and humans, both because we love what we do and because evidence shows that learning is most effective when it’s fun. We tailor our programs to meet the needs of the dog and its family members and structure training plans to make goals achievable for everyone.
Q: What training methods do you use?
A: We use sound and current scientific principles such as positive reinforcementand avoid using methods that cause stress, pain, learned helplessness, fear, and other behavioral problems.
We consider a variety of factors when designing a training plan, including setting animals up for success by removing opportunities to practice undesirable behaviors. When making training and behavior modification decisions, we follow the Human Behavior Change Hierarchy and Procedures for Humane and Effective Practices. It’s called LIMA.
Q: What is LIMA?
In the vast majority of cases, the desired behavior change can be brought about by focusing on the physical well-being of the animal, the environment, and operant and conventional interventions such as teaching an alternative behavior, desensitization and counter-conditioning.
Rather than focusing on unwanted behaviors and trying to teach dogs to stop performing a specific unwanted behavior, we focus on teaching a replacement behavior that is incompatible with the old unwanted behavior. We also manage the environment to help dogs make good choices.
Q: Can you describe the services offered by your company?
A: Collectively, we offer tuition and private training and behavioral counseling in everything from new puppy and specialty sports to fear, aggression and separation anxiety, and we work both in person and remotely. (See each trainer’s site for individual details.) When the need arises, we consult with our client’s veterinarian, Certified Applied Animal Behaviors (CAAB) and Veterinary Behaviors (VB).
Q: What training, education and relevant experience do you have?
A: We all have extensive educational experience in a variety of areas, including animal training and behavior. In addition to undergraduate degrees at traditional universities, we have also completed professional programs with the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior, Academy for Dog Trainers, Pat Miller’s Peaceable Paws and a long list of courses and lectures . Collectively we have 95 years of experience working with dogs and the people who love them. (See each trainer’s site for individual details.)
Q: Do you hold any professional certifications?
A: We are all Certified Professional Dog Trainers – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), an independent certification body.
Between us, we also hold the following credentials and certifications: Certified Canine-Knowledge Assessed Behavioral Consultant (CBCC-KA), Academy for Dog Trainers Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC), and two Karen Pryor Academy-Certified Training Partners ( KPA-CTP), Canine Nose Work Instructor, (CNWI), Puppy Start Right Instructor, (PSRI), Family Paws Parent Educator (FPPE), two Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers (CSAT), two Dogbiz Certified Dog Walkers, Associate Member International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). (See each trainer’s site for individual details.)
Q: How do you stay up to date with the latest advancements in dog training science?
A: In addition to being lifelong learners and finding educational pursuits enjoyable, maintaining many of our credentials requires ongoing training through approved programs. We pursue and maintain our skills by reading business literature; attend conferences, workshops and seminars; pursue professional training opportunities and practical experience.
Q: Do dog trainers have standards of practice and a professional code of ethics? If so, what are yours?
A: Since the training industry is unregulated, there is no overall set of standards. Be that as it may, we have chosen to maintain a professional career that requires them. They encompass our commitment to human training, continuous professional development and maintaining professionalism through honesty, respect, transparency and confidentiality.
Our standards promote the best possible outcomes without making guarantees, accurately representing our skills and scope of practice, our credentials and credentials, and most importantly, do no harm.
Q: When you’re not training other people’s dogs, what do you enjoy doing with your own dog?
A: Andrea loves working with Olivia performing therapy dog services in our community, Jill and Whitney love tracking and volunteering with SB County Search and Rescue, Joan and Ringo love playing training games, especially K9 Nose Work ®, Anne and her dog travel the country winning agility titles, and Sara enjoys working on special projects, like teaching Moki how to file her nails.
Q: If dog parents want to contact you, how can they do that?
A: We would like to hear from people. They can contact us through our individual websites.
Jill Hall— Four dog training on the floor
Andrea Bratt— K9 behavior
Joan Hunter Mayer— The curious dog
Anne Swan — Perfect Puppy Academy
Sara Munro— Sara Munro dog training