MY TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
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ABOUT ME - Patty Homer, ABCDT
Gentle Paws Dog Training
I have developed and operated several pet businesses but before venturing out on my own I worked for 10 years as a veterinary nurse and hospital manager. I founded a non-profit organization in Kansas City called HEARTland Positive Dog Training Alliance - a group of more than 50 dog trainers in the area. In addition to my 25+ years of hands on dog experience, I graduated from the Animal Behavior College.
My experience in the veterinary field and as a trainer gives me a unique approach to observing and enhancing the life of my clients and their pets. I feel it is important to address a pet's mind, body and spirit when developing a training or behavior modification program.
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri with pets of all kinds - dogs, cats, snakes, chickens, cows, horses, peacocks, ducks, geese and the list goes on. My husband and I currently live with 2 rescue Cocker Spaniels (Jett and Mickey). My passion is helping people share their lives with pets - peacefully. I believe that teachers should never stop learning. In order to stay current on the latest and greatest scientific developments in canine learning theory, training and behavior modification methods, I constantly seek continuing education opportunities above and beyond what is required to maintain my certifications.
Gentle Paws' dog training uses positive reinforcement methods with clearly defined rules and boundaries. I don't use or promote the use of harsh equipment like choke chains, prong/pinch/shock collars or harsh punishment. Both rewards and consequences need to be present for learning to be effective, clear, fun and fast. The consequences I recommend are benign - verbal correction, ignoring some behaviors, prevention/management of the environment and constant and consistent communication.
Gentle Paws, your Puppy Pro does not discriminate based on breed - tiny to giant breeds, Afghans to Yorkshire Terriers - all breeds and sizes welcome.
Servicing the following areas
Puppy training in Shoreline, Edmonds, N. Seattle, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, Lake Forest Park and S. Lynnwood.
Cat sitting in Mountlake Terrace and parts of Shoreline and Edmonds.