I do not subscribe solely to one method and have built an eclectic style of work based on the best parts of a range of practices combining practicality, science, and creativity. While there are many buzz words regarding dog training, such as, positive only vs. punishment training (and a gargantuan amount of opinions regarding TV dog training shows, labels, and philosophies), I do not follow only one school of thought. Each dog and situation require thorough analysis and often creative solutions. I continue to study and build a toolbox of the most useful interventions from a wide variety of practices. I do, however, adhere to LIMA (least invasive, minimally aversive) and do not condone the use of cruelty or aversive punishment tactics. I educate my clients on the different types of reinforcers and punishments as well as Core Competencies during our sessions.
I believe in establishing leadership for our canines through rules, boundaries, and limitations that domestic dogs need to thrive. Just like humans, dogs most certainly come with their own personalities and characteristics. Dogs, however, are not humans nor do they possess the same psychology. There are some basic genetic and psychological fundamentals that define the canine species. When we humanize dogs, we create confusion and frustration for both the dog and the human. When we "speak" canine we create a relationship of trust, respect, and love between the human and dog species.
My varying methods come from experience with multiple programs. I study and participate in a variety of programs by top ranked trainers, behaviorists, and organizations to gain as much knowledge as possible. My varying use of ethical methods allows me to tap into creative ideas for different circumstances and the current psychological state of a canine. I am currently studying for the Certified Behavioral Consultant Canine Knowledge Assessment through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as well as attending continuing education courses through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
William owns and operates WAK-9 Training out of Jefferson County. He started training professionally in 2007, working under the supervision of several trainers where his focus was on obedience development and task-based training. His goals are to serve his community and spread awareness about the benefits of a properly trained K9. He understands the difference a K9 companion can make in everyday life.