What Type of Dog Training Do You Do?
Clicker? E- Collar? Purely Positive? Operant Conditioning? Classical Conditioning? Rewards Based Balanced Training?
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Well, let me spill the kibble straight from my dog-friendly noggin – we’ve got over three decades of people-whispering wizardry that sets us apart from the rest, paws down! I mean, think about it, when you need some fancy surgery like a knee fix or heart tinkering, you hunt down the crème de la crème surgeon, right?


Well, congrats, because you’ve just stumbled upon the crème de la crème of in-home dog trainers right here in the valley! And yeah, our process is like tailoring a tuxedo for your pup. First, we get all Sherlock Holmes with a questionnaire that we send via text or email – no magnifying glass required. Then, we roll up our sleeves for a chat and assessment, sort of like a playdate but with a purpose. Next thing you know, voila! We’re sketching out a personalized training masterpiece just for your furball. It’s like a doggy diploma, but way more fun!


And hey, the fun doesn’t stop there – our hotline (well, it’s usually Ingo on the other end) is open during business hours for all your “what’s this wagging about?” questions. Oh, and hold onto your leash, because we’re not clock-watchers – we’re lifetime pals! Even when our official program wraps up, we’ve got your back like a trusty canine sidekick, ready to tackle any training or behavior mysteries that might pop up in the future. 


Now, here’s the cherry on top of the treat pile – the secret vault of doggy knowledge, our client E Learning Portal, will be your faithful companion as long as you’ve got a pup by your side. And when it comes to lessons, we’re not about being stuck indoors like a snoozing couch potato. Nope, we’ll fetch the training sessions to your home sweet home or wherever you and your furry Einstein strut your stuff – whether it’s a park, a cafe, or the coolest trail in town.


So, leash up and let’s embark on this tail-wagging adventure together!

Absolutely! But we do not use clickers… Positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to teach and strengthen behavior especially for puppies. 


We will discover what motivates your dog and utilize that to teach new skills and advance previously learned behaviors.

I am a rewards based balanced trainer using operant conditioning and classical conditioning.


My style of training is built upon teaching you to read and communicate with your dog in a way that your dog understands, strengthening your relationship in the process.


The approach I use is completely dependent on your family and your dog, treating each family as individuals — because you are.


Over 30 plus years of professional training experience of clients has provided me the opportunity to learn myriad processes and concepts within training and behavior. 


I utilize that synthesis of knowledge in finding the most direct and successful training path for you and your dog.


I am transparent in my approach and welcome any and all questions if you are interested in training with me. Dog training should be a collaborative process between you, your dog, and the trainer.


“My primary goal is to help dog owners understand exactly what is happening throughout our training work together. 


By extension, the dog understands – the equally important goal.”

Rewards, structure, boundaries, and pressure are very real and unavoidable parts of our world.


 Many years of training with multiple systems and methods has taught me that it is more ethical to introduce these concepts to a dog while those factors are under complete human control versus the harshness of natural consequence or emergency.


Building a relationship and two-way communication with your dog will empower you to tell them when they perform the right behavior, when to try again, and when they should not repeat a behavior. 


This in turn empowers your dog to inform you when they are too stressed, frustrated, or unsure of what you want from them — and you will know how to listen and respond in a way that will help your dog.

One of the unique aspects of my training style is the ability to explain the functions, benefits, potential drawbacks, and contraindications to any piece of training equipment I use. 


I have experience with a huge range of training equipment: flat collars, clickers, food, martingale and chain collars, head halters, slip leads, harnesses, endless types of toys, crates and pens, prong collars, and electronic collars. 


We will explore training tool options and find a combination that works for your dog and your goals. E-Collar training is available as a tool for very unique cases which are only about 5% of clients, 95% of clients will not need any E-collar training for their dog.


The common denominator between suffering inflicted through all training tools are human hands and minds and watching to many YouTube education videos.


In-Home Training Lessons
Are a wonderful option for the owners who want to be more involved with their dogs training while we are there to guide, show and model obedience and manners protocols for you step by step! 


This hands on program is designed to allow you to take the time to work on the current lesson, lay good a foundation and repetitions for you and your pup with time in-between meet ups to ensure we are always striving for success.


These lessons consist of 3 to 6 (sometimes more)  in-home training sessions that are personalized to meet your training and scheduling needs. Along with consistent communication between client and trainer.


*All programs come with Lifetime Support!

That is entirely dependent on many factors: you, your dog, behavioral history, training goals, and our ability to work together to teach you how to communicate with your dog. 


If you are willing to devote the time to changing your behavior and helping your dog learn skills to change his behavior (5 to 15 minutes a day), I am more than happy to assist and support you through this process.

Training equipment is not included in your dog’s training programs, and there is an additional fee for a second dog to cover any additional training time and as each dog may have different goals and temperaments’. 



Our training time will be distributed between both dogs, then training both dogs together if applicable and goals of obedience are met. 


If one or both dogs have behavioral challenges that need more dedicated individual time, we will ensure both dogs receive ample training time. Each session is 55 minutes… 


Some cases we can do both dogs in about 90 minutes of time. There is a small upcharge for the second dog, depending case and program that is needed. 


Two dogs that are distracted by each other is a recipe for failure and need to be trained separately.


Then we will bring them together when confidence and structure is on autopilot. 

My objective is to help you achieve lasting behavior change with your dog. That behavior change is contingent on how much you apply the skills, training and structure between sessions and after they are concluded. It is absolutely crucial that dog owners are invested in the training process. It is unfair to the dog to expect behavior change on only one side of the leash.


Training programs are scheduled when you enroll. No refunds will be issued for missed sessions. Forty-eight hours notice must be provided to reschedule the session or the session will be forfeited.


There is also no buyers remorse. I do not give refunds. Exception is a death in the family within the first 24 hours of your first session per our agreement that we signed.

Contact me to schedule a consultation to discuss your dog’s behavior challenges and training goals to determine the best training program for your dog.  


I have an online questionnaire that you can fill out now…  all new potential clients fill this out, or our  very short contact form below. 

I come from a background of highly specialized dog training, and I do provide completely finished service dogs ready for public access. 

Here are all the LEGITIMATE requirements https://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health/esa/legitimate-service-dog-certification

If you are interested please contact me


UPDATED 2023  

Flying with a service dog? The rules have changed. Here’s what you need to know What are the new rules for flying with service dogs? 


Airlines can require a traveler with a service dog to complete a DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form and a Service Animal Relief Attestation Form at least 48 hours prior to departure.  (I have these below as you can see and download)


Airlines are no longer required to recognize non-task-trained animals such as emotional support animals, comfort animals and service animals in training as service animals Airlines can limit passengers to two task-trained service animals per person. Miniature horses, cats, rabbits and other animals are no longer considered service animals.


Airlines cannot require passengers with psychiatric service animals to provide a letter from a licensed mental health professional. Passengers traveling with service animals cannot be required to physically check in at the airport.


Service animals can be required to fit within the handler’s foot space on the plane.

What is a service animal? According to the DOT, “A service animal is a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability.”


Airlines “are prohibited from refusing to transport a service animal based solely on breed or generalized physical type, as distinct from an individualized assessment of the animal’s behavior and health,” the final rule states. Service dogs, according to the DOT, do not run around freely, bark or growl repeatedly, injure people or urinate or defecate outside of allowed areas.


A trained service animal will remain under the control of its handler,” the final rule reads. “An animal that engages in such disruptive behavior demonstrates that it has not been successfully trained to behave properly in a public setting and carriers are not required to treat it as a service animal without a carrier in the cabin, even if the animal performs an assistive function for a passenger with a disability.”


Can you fly with emotional support dogs?

The DOT’s final rule “excludes all non-task-trained animals, such as emotional support animals, comfort animals and service animals in training.”


However, airlines are allowed, at their discretion, to transport emotional support animals without extra charge. Many airlines, such as United Airlines and American Airlines, treat emotional support animals the same as other pets, which are usually required to be confined to their carriers and incur extra fees.


Introducing TSA Cares:The program for travelers who need extra help at airports

What do I need for my service dog to fly?

There are two forms that airlines can require of passengers with service animals. These are the DOT’s Service Animal Air Transportation Form and Service Animal Relief Attestation Form.  SEE BELOW AND DOWNLOAD


The full 122-page document can be found at https://www.transportation.gov.

If you travel with a service dog, here’s what you should know before booking a flight.  


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 Exceptional Canines certified in-home dog trainers specialize in dog training, puppy training, aggressive dog training, leash reactivity, lack of confidence issues, potty training, not coming when called, and  bad behavior change for dogs in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding cities like, Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Chandler, Peoria, Surprise, Glendale, Tempe, Avondale, Mesa. We also service the Northern Arizona areas of Prescott, Prescott Ridge, Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey, Camp Verde, Sedona,


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