Services at Green Paws
I believe in creating a relationship with your dog through training. I believe in asking and respecting your dog beyond anything else. I am here to be your trainer, to help you see your dog's behaviors and find a way to communicate with your dog that is both respectful and fair to your dog.
Private Training could be for you if you are struggling with your dog out on walks, want to start in rally, obedience, beginner-agility (jumps, tunnels) or simply want to create a bond with your dog in a safe new environment (fully fenced in backyard).
I am a LIMA dog trainer and canine behaviorist. LIMA stands for least intrusive, minimally aversive, and encompasses a lot of different dog training styles and schools.
My main training focus is positive reinforcement and force free. My main objective is always the dog, and being fair to the dog.
LIMA Dog Training
"LIMA describes a trainer or behavior consultant who uses the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive strategy out of a set of humane and effective tactics likely to succeed in achieving a training or behavior change objective."
- Steven Lindsay
Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training Vol. 3, pages 29 & 726
LIMA is based on the belief that punishment-based methods and the use of devices like prong and shock collars leads to negative results including fear, anxiety, aggression, pain, and even injury.
LIMA can be thought of as a framework that trainers use to help them systematically decide on the most humane training solution. It’s all about taking the time to understand the dog and the behavior in question to decide on the training method that will cause the least amount of stress possible for a dog.
LIMA is also a competence-based approach, so dog trainers and animal behavior consultants are required to keep learning throughout their careers.
By staying up to date with the latest research and techniques through both real-world experience and further education, they’ll be perfectly placed to continue using the LIMA principles.