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.
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.
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
Training with Shawn has been great. He opens your eyes and shows you how to shape your dog into being obedient.
I never thought we could save this pup. This was the best investment we ever made in a pet.
Jenny and Jim W.
we were so impressed with the results. She came back to us listening, respectful and happy
Shawn is really just simply amazing. He is kind, fair, direct, and honest to both owners and their dogs alike.
Shawn has been patient and encouraging with me; calm, kind and affectionate with Teal. She has great respect and liking for him :)
Shawn has consistently guided me with practical corrections and exercises that work. I highly recommend Shawn and Best Buddy Dog Training.
… would definitely recommend his services to people who are serious and committed to training their dogs.
he is great with the grand kids and protects the home when we are away, a direct result of Shawn's professional training.
How nice to walk down the street with my dog trotting slightly behind me on a loose leash.