HOW IT ALL GOT STARTED​....

IN 2003 I WAS A CANINE MOM OF TWO SPECIAL NEEDS SHEPHERDS.  FEISTY, MY MALE, WAS A FEAR BITER, DOG AGGRESSIVE AND OVERLY DEPENDENT ON ME.  KIAH, MY FEMALE, WAS VERY BOSSY AND TERRITORIAL.  I REFERRED TO FEISTY AS MY STREET SMART DOG AND KIAH MY BOOK SMART DOG.......SHE LOVED TO TRAIN WHILE HE WAS MORE OF A WILD ANIMAL.  DUE TO THEIR DIFFERENCES IN PERSONALITIES, I HAD TO LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR EACH DOG INDIVIDUALLY. 

DURING MY JOURNEY TO SIMPLY CARE FOR MY PERSONAL DOGS I FELL IN LOVE WITH TRAINING ANIMALS, STUDYING BEHAVIOR, AND UNDERSTANDING THE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND BEHAVIOR.  THIS LEAD ME TO CREATING A BUSINESS FOCUSED ON TEACHING PARENTS AND HANDLERS HOW TO PROVIDE A HEALTHY BALANCE OF MENTAL, PHYSICAL, AND EMOTIONAL STIMULATION FOR THEIR DOGS AND CLIENTS.  WHETHER YOU ARE A PET PARENT OR PET PROFESSIONAL, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE THIS BALANCE WITHIN YOUR CANINE RELATIONSHIPS. 

THE ROAD I'VE TRAVELED......

I'M PROUD TO SAY I TAKE MY EDUCATION IN THIS INDUSTRY VERY SERIOUSLY.  JUST LIKE TRAINING DOGS, I BELEIVE EDUCATION IS NOT A ONE TIME LESSON, IT IS AN ONGOING PROCESS OF LEARNING THAT IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. 

MY HANDS ON EXPERIENCE STARTED IN 2002 AT A DAYCARE & BOARDING FACILITY IN EL SEGUNDO, CA....GRATEFUL DOGS CLUBHOUSE.  FOLLOWED BY GROOMING AT PETSMART, PRIVATE PET SITTING & WALKING, AND TRAINING. 

FROM 2007-2009 I STUDIED DOG TRAINING, BEHAVIOR, AND LEARNING THEORY AT RAISING CANINE UNDER SUE SMITH.  MY ACCREDITATIONS INCLUDE CPDT-KA FROM THE CERTIFICATION COUNCIL FOR PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINERS, AND PET CPR CERTIFICATION SINCE 2014. 

THE ACTIVE CANINE TRAINING APPROACH....

BEFORE WE CAN BEGIN TO CHANGE BEHAVIOR, WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT MOTIVATES THE DOG.  THIS INCLUDES THE MOTIVATION BEHIND UNWANTED BEHAVIOR AND WHAT MOTIVATES YOUR DOG TO LEARN NEW BEHAVIOR.

ABOVE I MENTIONED MY SHEPHERDS, FEISTY AND KIAH, AND SOME OF THEIR BEHAVIOR ISSUES.  FEISTYS HIGH DEFENSE DRIVE WAS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND HIS FEAR BITING TOWARDS PEOPLE AND DOG AGGRESSION.  A HIGH (UNHEALTHY) PACK DRIVE MOTIVATED HIS SEPARATION ANXIETY.  KIAHS TERRITORIAL AND BOSSY BEHAVIORS STEMED FROM A HIGH RANK DRIVE.  WHEN IT CAME TO LEARNING, FEISTY WAS FOOD, FREEDOM, AND AFFECTION MOTIVATED.  WHILE KIAH WAS FOOD, PLAY, AND PRAISE MOTIVATED. 

WHEN YOU HIRE ME FOR TRAINING, THE PROGRAM BEGINS WITH GETTING TO KNOW YOUR DOG. THIS PROCESS STARTS WITH A COMPLETE BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT, DURING WHICH, I WILL EXAMINE YOUR DOGS ENERGY, MOTIVATORS, TRIGGERS, OBEDIENCE, AND YOUR HANDLING SKILLS.  HAVING A HEALTHY PACK DRIVE IS THE FOUNDATION WE BUILD ON. 

JUST TO BE CLEAR, YES I TRAIN DOGS...BUT FOR THE TRAINING TO STICK, THE HANDLER MUST BE PROPERLY EDUCATED AS WELL......MEANING PARENT/HANDLER PARTICIPATION IS REQUIRED.  ULTIMATELY, I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE TOOLS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHY YOUR DOG BEHAVES THE WAY HE DOES AND HOW TO STRENGTHEN BEHAVIORS YOU LIKE AND WEAKEN BEHAVIORS YOU DON'T LIKE.  THIS KNOWLEDGE IS AN INVALUABLE TOOL IF YOU PLAN ON HAVING DOGS IN YOUR LIFE BECAUSE, AS I STATED BEFORE, TRAINING IS NOT A ONE TIME THING.  DOGS ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND EXPLORING.  THEIR TRIGGERS CHANGE.  THEIR MOTIVATORS CHANGE.  THEY GET BORED WITH REINFORCEMENTS, FORCING YOU TO FIND NEW ONES.  THIS CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING TO PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS.  BUT ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THEIR WONDERFUL LITTLE BRAINS WORK, THESE CHANGES CAN BE FUN CHALLENGES TO ADDRESS VERSES STRESSFUL AND FRUSTRATING.

PLEASE CALL, TEXT, OR EMAIL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE TRAINING.  I AM CURRENTLY SERVING NORTH PHOENIX AND SURROUNDING AREAS. 

SINCERELY, 

MISSY DALLAS

FOUNDER, TRAINER & BEHAVIORIST

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