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Best Buddy Dog Training

Personalized Dog Training in Ct, Ma, NH, NY, and RI

Training Methods And Focus

Our dog training methods work to establish a genuine bond between you and your dog - a trusting, respectful relationship developed through proper and consistent bonding procedures that psychologically influence the dog to see you as their leader, protector, provider, and partner.

Shawn speaking at a seminar in Vermont

Training the human

We teach you to communicate with your dog in a way that he understands and in turn, to understand and acknowledge your dog's communication to you. This two-way communication creates a strong, mutually respectful, cooperative bond that makes dog training easy and fast. It also empowers you as your dog's trainer, and eliminates the need to "bribe" the dog with treats, control the dog with tools, or "dominate" the dog by bullying, yelling, etc.

Owner and dog practicing the follow command outside

About Corrections

A very important aspect of training is correction. Our definition of a correction is an aversive touch applied in a manner that causes the dog to prefer to avoid it. Sadly, this concept has been lost in much of the 'purely positive' training offered these days. The concept is logical and simple; nature/life always corrects mistakes with negative consequences. If a dog sticks his nose in a hornet's nest, he will be stung and will never repeat that mistake. In the best circumstances, he will not be seriously hurt or injured. A child might be told over and over not to touch something and ignore the warning. However, if the child touches a hot stove, the resulting momentary pain will cause him to remember and not repeat the mistake. This is not about deliberately setting the dog (or child) up for a correction. Instead, this is about ensuring that your dog gets enough physical information to quickly learn what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Therefore, corrections are applied as gently as possible but as forcefully as necessary to get the desired effect of avoidance, and the corrections are applied in a balanced, fair, and proportionate manner. For example, the correction for lunging to bite someone in the face is much more intensely applied than the correction for moving out of the 'heel' position.

We provide dog training services throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.

Who you are to your dog is EVERYTHING...

- Shawn Hines