What type of trainer am I?
As a supporting member of the IAABC, I agree to take a "least intrusive, minimally aversive" (LIMA) approach to training dogs.
Positive reinforcement come first in the line of tools used to teach skills and modify behavior. LIMA does not justify the use of punishment in place of other effective interventions. The aim is to focus on reinforcing what we want the dog to do. LIMA does not justify the use of aversive methods and tools, including but not limited to the use of electronic collars (i.e. shock collars or e-collars), choke, or prong collars in lieu of other effective positive reinforcement interventions and strategies.
The position of the IAABC is that the use of shock is not considered a best practice and is strongly discouraged. The goal of the IAABC is to eliminate the use of shock devices from training and behavior work and to do so by modeling, education, and providing members with effective alternatives.
Accordingly, you will NOT see the use of pain, shock, or fear in the work I do with you and your dogs.
Currently completing course work towards a Diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology with a Specialty in Canine Aggression.