Pet Coach to the Rescue Training Philosophy

Shawna_HeadshotGallagher-013-6_0x9_6-29A.pngHi, I’m Shawna Gallagher, owner of Pet Coach to the Rescue here in Everett, WA. My goal for you is for you to learn how to clearly communicate and understand your pet’s needs. By learning about and understanding your pet you can then live together peacefully, enriching each other’s lives.

Clicker Training: A Positive Force-Free Method that WORKS!!! Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking a desirable behavior and rewarding it.  The desirable behavior is marked by using a clicker, which makes a short distinct “clicking” sound which tells the animal exactly when they’re doing the right thing. This clear form of communication combined with positive reinforcement is an effective, safe, and humane way to teach any animal any behavior that it is physically and mentally capable of doing. People who do not fully understand this training method think that they will have to use a clicker and treats for the rest of the dog’s life in order for your dog to perform the new behaviors. This is not the case. Once your dog has fully learned the desired behavior, the click and positive reinforcement will be replaced by a hand/verbal cue.  You will no longer have to use these items when asking your dog to do a behavior, you can simply give your dog a scratch or a “Good Job!”

Behavior Adjustment Training: Empowering animals to live with self-confidence, self-control and in harmony among humans! Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT) was developed to rehabilitate and prevent dog reactivity. By taking a look at the underlying cause of growling, lunging, or fleeing we can then teach the dog socially acceptable behaviors. Using this special technique in combination with clicker training, we can then build a dog’s confidence, which reduces aggressive behavior.  This technique is very empowering to both you and your dog/puppy. Gaining a clear understanding of your dog’s behavior will allow you to help him/her learn to safely get along with people, dogs, and other triggers. Several key concepts with BAT training is gaining knowledge of functional rewards, replacement behaviors, threshold levels, triggers and reinforcements. One of the most rewarding parts of BAT training is creating setups to practice skills and techniques in a controlled environment.  This gives you a safe area to practice so when the unexpected happens in the real world, you and your dog will be ready.