We are happy to service the Northern New Jersey and New York City area (and beyond with mileage). To book your appointment, call or text Sammie on her cell phone: 847-942-7251 or Sam on his cell phone: 973-650-3297. Here are some listings outside of our service area of trainers we recommend.
Canine Movement Lab: Portland, Maine, (207) 939-6210
Canine movement lab believes that...
"Dogs are basically wild at heart, and I want to help keep them that way! But because they live in our domesticated world, we have to channel their natural drive in a way that keeps them emotionally balanced and out of trouble. Imagine a world where you are the answer to helping your dog always feel good, and the goal of your training is to keep him "in the zone." In this way we make a deep relationship with our dogs based on trust, while fulfilling their innate need to maintain a type of wildness.
Dogs keep us connected to our heart, so examining how we interact and move with them is vital."
Wild Heart Dog Training Believes That...
"Instead of leaning towards suppression of the nature of the dog (which both the positive reinforcement and dominance methods take), we need to magnify the wild heart of the animal and channel that liberation towards us as owners and handlers. Though it can seem counter-intuitive, trying to work against your dog’s nature isn’t going to be fruitful in the long run. For example, if you scold your dog every time it tries to bite or chase, the dog will eventually ignore you in a moment of extreme excitement and pressure. If you learn ways to exercise those urges in controlled settings, the dog will feel fulfilled and less inclined to “act out” when excited. If we can embrace the fact that dogs are, at heart, wild animals (and we are too!), then we can learn to connect with them in new and insightful ways.
To a dog, the only thing that really matters is how something feels. Dogs don’t have to hunt, they just have to feel as though they are hunting. If a dog sees a squirrel and starts to pick up a “charge”, he doesn’t need to kill the squirrel, he just needs to feel the release of that tension from his body by moving well and overcoming resistance with the handler. In this sense, it would be adequate to describe this phenomenon as the handler learning to act as the prey ."