When I left my good job in Portland, Oregon and headed to Colorado to pursue a career in dog training, I had no idea the changes I would witness in the industry more than 21 years later. Dog ownership is at an all time high, and dogs are no longer just pets, but intimate members of owner’s families. I call it dumb luck on my part, but dog training is a labor of love and twenty years ago it was a slim market and even narrower market was my focus on hunting dogs. Today I train dogs from Aspen, Grand Junction, Montrose, Telluride, and across the United States. Today’s dogs are highly valued pets from loving families, that go to great extents to have the best possible training and/or boarding experience available. I work with All breeds and types of dogs, large or small. I am so happy to have a large ranch to accommodate all our four legged visitors and so grateful that I am a professional dog trainer. Being a trainer is a huge advantage to understanding how to handle all the different dispositions, temperaments and general canine behaviors, good and bad.
With the explosion of new dog ownership, comes a large population of wild young dogs that have trained their owners through their daily routine of less desirable behaviors. The number one training issues of the dogs that visit the ranch these days is, jumping on people and the pulling of the leash while on a walk. The dogs are successfully controlling their situation through pure strength and quickness while jumping and pulling. My job is to establish boundaries and basic obedience by calming the dog and positive training techniques. I no longer engage in the dogs strength or high energy. I train positive behaviors while interacting with humans, creating an entirely new relationship between owner and pet. Practiced daily, and slowly adding real world distractions, the young dogs learn to observe activities, and remain calm until released. Dog owners have a long life with their dogs, so it really is worth the effort to train proper leash walk and human interaction. Watch the video below, as I work with Aspen, a beautiful Golden Retriever on establishing new rules, through positive reward and repetition. In the long run everyone is much happier including the dog with the new training regime. Thanks for watching, Ted