“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel HouellebecqThat singular quote sums up the goals and methodology of Flippin’ Pawsome Dog Training & Care, LLC, but what does it mean?I’ve spent my life in dogs. I’ve had cookie-cutter perfect dogs, nervy dogs, lazy dogs, high-drive dogs that really just needed someone to give them a proper outlet, and a crash course in severe dog aggression over the years. That quote holds true for all of them.Each dog was (and is) trained to it’s individual needs. Not to humanize dogs, but each dog is an individual. When you can find what motivates that dog and makes them shine, that’s when the true training happens. I’ve long called myself a “Balanced Trainer,” a term unfortunately tainted by trainers who are far from “balanced” in their methods.A new term in the industry is “Positive First” and it’s perfect. You might hear trainers talk about their “toolbox” and “the more tools in a trainer’s ‘toolbox’ the better.” I use various tools in training. New techniques are taught with a lot of positive reinforcement. Clickers, markers words, target sticks, and food/toy rewards. I focus on building engagement and a relationship with the dog. A dog that has a good relationship with you will work harder for you. Relationship games are extremely important in dog training.
At Flippin’ Pawsome we believe in a holistic and balanced “positive-first” approach to training.
Our ultimate goal is to not only produce a better behaved dog, but to improve the relationship between you and your dog.
This results in improving both of your lives while having some fun in the process.