Why Positive Dog Training?

newphoto-aboutPositive reinforcement training, also known as reward-based training, has been shown to be a very effective way of training animals (humans included). The concept is simple – behaviour that is rewarded is more likely to occur again.

The rewards used in dog training typically include food treats, toys and praise but can be anything that your dog really likes. In addition to being highly effective, positive reinforcement training helps create a healthy, happy bond between dog and owner.

Let’s face it, wouldn’t you prefer to learn something new in a positive, fun environment rather than in a setting where you are motivated by fear of punishment for doing something wrong?

About the Trainer

Debra-client003Debra Pearson has a B.A. Honours in Psychology from Concordia University and a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from McGill University. She has over ten years experience as a professional dog trainer.

Debra’s lifelong love of animals led her to pursue Poppy-puppya career in dog training. Thanks to her educational background in animal behavior and continuing studies in dog training, Debra incorporates the latest evidence-based training methods into her dog and puppy training – along with a generous dose of humour. She is an advocate for positive reinforcement dog training and believes it should be fun and respectful for everyone – canines and humans alike.

Debra volunteered for several years as a dog trainer at the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (OMHS) and taught puppy classes at Dealing with Dogs (DwD) in Oakville, Ontario. She has done agility, competitive obedience, tricks and more with her rescued dogs, Poppy and Ace. She was certified as a Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed, CPDT-KA) by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and has been pet first aid certified. Debra serves clients in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Mississauga, Ontario.