What We Do
It's our belief that a dog that responds to your voice without repeating is a well-trained dog. Once conditioned, through repetition, routine and praise, a dog's desirable behavior and responsiveness will last a lifetime.
We specialize in accelerated obedience training, housebreaking, socialization, and working with dogs with anxiety and aggression.
We show you how to communicate effectively with your dog so they will naturally respond and you can form a mutual understanding. With clear and consistent communication as well as understanding, the principles of conditioning begin.
We teach you how to use verbal commands and neutral corrections to communicate with your dog.
We teach handling skills and obedience using a leash and collar, praise (verbal and physical) and effective body language.
We take a balanced approach to obedience training and behavior modification. Throughout the learning phase, and especially for young pups, we utilize toys, praise, petting and occasionally food. The adding of commands happens in phases and with the use of effective communication. This is called Classical Conditioning.
Motivational trainers such as us use the dogs natural instincts to learn. Repetition and consistency are key but praise is the essential motivating factor. Once your dog learns any command, the next step is to introduce distractions and corrections when necessary. This is called Operant Conditioning.
We employ the "as gentle as possible, as firm as necessary" philosophy. We respect our clients decision to use whatever collar they feel most comfortable using with the exception of shock/e-collars/static collars and choke chains - which we highly discourage - and we teach them to use them properly and gently. Our job is to teach the owner how to properly fit and use the training equipment of their choice.
We have had the good fortune of working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. We work with many rescues, shelter dogs, fearful dogs and highly reactive and aggressive dogs. We also get to work with very young pups, first-time owners as well as experienced owners all the time. This is why our methods and techniques have been so effective and why we love what we do!
Dominance/"Alpha Dog" Method trainers use intimidation or force their dogs to get what they want. These are “yank and crank” trainers who often teach owners to roll their dogs on their backs and sometimes growl at them. Some even use physical force like kneeing the dog in the chest or poking them in the ribs. They often us choke chain or shock collars as a method to force the dog to do everything. Many professional dog trainers use these methods because for them "time is money" and they can get a dog trained much quicker by forcing the dog to perform. The bottom line is with enough force a dog can be trained to do almost anything. The problem with the dominant trainer is that the dog seldom seems stable and comfortable with the handler. Dogs with sensitive temperaments can be ruined by these methods. These methods create fear and mistrust because the dog never knows when they might be punished. We do not believe you need to dominate or intimidate dogs to teach them obedience and good manners.
What We Don't Do
Meet The Trainer
Jessica was loving and working with dogs from a very early age. She worked for several local veterinarians and the staffing industry before becoming a professional dog trainer in 2007. She was with a very successful dog training company for 10 years before striking out on her own with Finest City Dog Training.
Jessica's clients appreciate her ability to teach and convey training philosophies as well as her desire to understand their needs. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and provides obedience training, canine socialization and behavior modification services. She has been an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator since 2008 and is also an AKC Certified Temperament Test Evaluator. In addition Jessica is a long time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Jessica is the proud owner of a Yorkie named Buggy and black Labs named Jag and Doozer all who assist her on her daily training appointments.