MY TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
ABOUT ME - Patty Homer, ABCDT, CPDT-KA
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 and certified through the Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers (www.ccpdt.org) and am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (www.apt.com).
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. I am certified through the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers - the only international dog training certification organization accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence through the NCAA.
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/dog 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.
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