Dogs can play many roles in our lives: companions, healers, partners and best friends. Love, fun and loyalty are only a few of the gifts they bring us. In return, they need us to be their respected leaders, trusted guides and loving caretakers throughout their lives.
Despite the increasing popularity of training devices such as: shock collars, clickers, halter collars, choke chains and a wide array of treats, 8 out of 10 dogs are being re-homed or euthanized each year in the United States. Clearly, something is needed to address this unacceptable statistic.
We do not use ‘harsh devices’ in our training. No: chokes chains, halter collars, pinch collars, harnesses, shock collars or clickers. When you rely on a device to control your dog, he will rely on it too and his relationship is with the device not you. The same can occur with using food as a primary motivator for your dog's good manners; soon he might not listen if you don't have food in your hand. We only use a wide, stiff, flat collar and a similar leash, this is comfortable for you and your dog, without risking hurting your dogs neck.
You should live in harmony with your dog - not frustration. By addressing the fundamental aspects of your relationship with your dog, he will learn to listen and work with you as a partner. At Tenderfoot, our methods last a lifetime because it’s about relationship: love, trust and respect.
We help you stop the cycle of bad manners and frustration by introducing simple and common sense techniques that are consistent and effective. Tenderfoot's easy drills teach you how to communicate with your dog in a way he already understands, and teach him to look to you for advice before he makes a decision. This easily solves most problems and helps prevent new ones.
Your commitment and patience is all that is needed to make a fresh start with your new best friend, today.
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I have personally experienced the training methods that Doug & Elizabeth are using and I find them to be far superior to any of the current methods I have seen in my 33 years of practice.
~D. Courtley, D.V.M.