From my heart:
When choosing a Dog Training Instructor to assist you and your pet, please ask about the methods employed to teach your pet the skills you seek in your companion animal. Your pet should be having FUN. If training your furry friend is not fun fun fun for you and your dog, your relationship with your companion could easily suffer!
Dog training is a way of communicating with another species. Just as we can learn to understand the body-language of dogs, so can dogs learn to understand the signals we give. Because this society is governed by humans, it is only fair to teach dogs the rules they have to live by in order to survive. This is where dog training comes into play, and play is exactly what training should be!
Training has come a long way since the days of traditional methods of teaching a dog what and what not to do. Decades of empirical evidence and extensive studies by experts in the field of behavior have shown that there are no reasons to use painful aversives in training. Collars such as slip/choke chains, prong/pinch, and electric/shock collars are, at best, effective on a limited basis. At worst, these types of "training collars" are fatally abusive.
Advantages of Positive, Reward-Based Dog Training:
* It does not lead to a fearful dog or to an owner who is afraid of what the dog may be capable of.
* The dog does not have to feel pain in order to learn. Pain increases stress, and stress lowers learning capability.
The dog does not have to feel fear, intimidation or pressure to perform.
* It does not lead to aggression.
* Poor timing does not cause collateral damage.
* It teaches the dog specifically what to do, as opposed to hoping the dog will figure out what the correct behavior may be.
* The dog will become more creative and willing to try new behaviors such as agility or tricks.
* It creates leadership in the owner, therefore strengthening the bond between the dog and the owner.
* Training is fun and enjoyable for both the dog and the owner!
Types of Rewards
* Life rewards such as going outside, getting up on the sofa, taking off the leash for romping time, putting on the leash for a walk are all occasions that you can use to help you train your dog. If your dog wants something, anything, use this as an effective training tool! For example, if your dog comes to you with a ball in its mouth, ask your dog to sit before you throw the ball. You have now acknowledged your dog's obedience (sitting on your cue) with a reward (throwing the ball).
* Food rewards such as your dog's meals, chews, and treats can be used to engage your dog's willingness to follow your cues. There is only so much "volunteering" a dog will do, and sometimes it behooves owners to give their dog a bonus such as a special treat for exceptional work done.
* Attention rewards such as looking at your dog and praising, or physically rewarding by touch. For example, if your dog comes to you and wants to be petted, ask your dog to sit. You have now recognized your dog's obedience (sitting on your cue) with a reward (giving an ear rub).
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (September 2001 - this was the first time this test was ever offered.)
-- Recertified September 2013
-- Recertified September 2010 - Knowledge Assessed CPDT-KA
-- Recertified September 2007
-- Recertified September 2004
Certified, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (January 2006) 1064 E
Graduate, Counseling Certificate, San Francisco SPCA (June 2002)
Pet CPR & First Aid Certified
Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Professional Member # 5244P
Founding Member, No Shock Collar Coalition
Founding Member, Truly Dog Friendly
Pet Professional Guild
Mobile Bay Dog Training Club, Mobile, AL
Doberman Pinscher Club of America
American War Dogs Association
Alabama Animal Control Officers' Association
& a variety of other animal and Veteran-related organizations
Frances Dauster (CPDT-KA 2001 - 2016) has been an instructor for Family Dog Obedience Training since 1998.
She has taught for the for the Mobile Bay Dog Training Club, Mobile AL; Community Education Program of Mobile, AL; Skills Center, Eglin Airforce Base, FL; B&B Pet Stop, Mobile, AL; Theodore Veterinary Hospital, Theodore, AL; PetSupermarket, Mobile, AL; Pet Supplies "PLUS," Mobile, AL; Village Animal Clinic, Mobile AL and has volunteered instruction for the Southeastern Guide Dog Puppies of the Mobile, AL and Ocean Springs, MS areas.
Frances has participated in AKC obedience venues including AKC and ASCA obedience and AKC agility. She assists in the organization and preparation for local animal-related events and rescues, as well as petfests and many varieties of canine demonstrations. She has taken her dogs for therapy visits to facilities and civic groups.
As a Member of the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, a long-standing Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as a founding member of TrulyDogFriendly and a member of the Pet Professional Guild, Frances believes in furthering her education by participation in seminars, webcourses, telecourses and hands-on workshops throughout every year. These educational opportunities include many different aspects to do with dogs, including: family dog obedience training; AKC show obedience; agility; herding; tracking; clicker training; behavior modification; puppy training; pet dog training; aggressive dog skills and management; medical issues pertaining to behavior, etc.
Frances is a four-times-recertified Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Furthermore, Frances is a Graduate of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers!
In order to give the best education to her students, both canine and human, Frances subscribes to a varied selection of animal-related publications, including her favorite, The Whole Dog Journal.
She believes it is vital to keep current with the most modern aspects of dog training and behavior. Frances is active every day on discussion lists with Professional Dog Trainers, Veterinarians, Certified Pet Behavior Counselors, and other canine professionals worldwide.
New to Sunpaws spring 2019!
Jace "Tyler" Dauster is a US Army Veteran who has recently moved back to Mobile, AL.
Having grown up around dogs he has a deep love for "all things dog" and is starting out his promising career being mentored by Frances.
He has assisted in classes going back to 2006 and is especially talented in helping pet owners understand that their dogs are sensitive beings.
He is specifically drawn to active dogs as he passionate about sports and understands the need for fitness (Go Patriots!)
He adopted his first dog, a Mountain Feist named Jersey, from the Mobile SPCA in 2009, and he has a soft spot for cats, too!
Please welcome Tyler to Sunpaws!