We get lots of emails and messages in our Facebook inbox from people who need some help. We try to help people however we can. Sometimes it’s a simple issue and we can point them to a few articles or videos to help. When an issue is more complex, we avoid giving advice – other than to try to help the person find a qualified trainer in their area to help with their issue(s). It’s always such a great feeling when people let us know that they have followed up and are seeing results. It’s why we do what we do. The more people we can help find qualified reward-based trainers and get good information, the closer we get to a world where all dogs are trained without pain.
We do lots of research before we will refer someone to a trainer. We search The Academy for Dog Trainers referral list, The Pet Professional Guild list, the Karen Pryor Academy list, the Victoria Stilwell Positively list and the Truly Dog Friendly list. We check out websites, check for affiliations, certifications, memberships and red flags. We do this because we want to make sure that people get the best, most competent help available to them. Sometimes, we can’t find a professional in the area that the person lives in, and that’s difficult. Our hope is that as awareness grows of reward-based training grows, more people will be able to find a qualified professional.
This was one of those messages in which we were able to help someone find a trainer to work with.
“Hi there. I don’t remember how I came across your Facebook page, but I’m really glad I did. I have three pit bulls, ages 13, 4, and 2.
When we rescued J as a puppy, I took him to puppy training, but he’s a runner and after he tried to leave with the UPS guy, I started calling local training places and found a trainer that specializes in bully breeds. She trains with pinch collars and e-collars, and since I figured she knew what she was talking about that’s what I used on my guy. I feel absolutely terrible about it now.
Well, as I’m sure you’re aware he’s very well behaved when his e-collar is on him, but does what he wants when it’s not on. I don’t use it anymore, nor the pinch collar, and I’ve been trying to use positive reinforcement with him. Lots and lots of treats when he does good, and trying to redirect him when he’s not listening. I’m making progress, but it’s slow going, probably because we recently rescued P and I don’t think she’s ever had any training and she’s a wild one. J and P get along wonderfully but it’s hard to make them focus when they want to play, which is almost all the time.
So…. with all of that being said, I was wondering if you were aware of any positive reinforcement trainers in my area that you could recommend. I know P could benefit from any training, and J could use being retaught all the things he was taught before, but from a different direction.
I would appreciate any help you can give, and I’m sure B, Miss P and J would be appreciative as well.”
B in Florida
From there, we sent B two recommendations that were fairly close to her and recently received this follow-up message:
” Hey there!
I have to thank you so much for your recommendations. I ended up contacting Kelly with Healing Pawsabilities. She’s fantastic. My J is starting to enjoy going to school and his confidence is starting to soar. It’s weird for me to use so many treats, but it gets results so I’m not complaining. I’m taking her tips and applying them at home, too, and it’s almost a miracle how well they’re starting to listen. Now coming when Mom calls is something fun to do because there’s a good chance there’s going to be a biscuit involved. If no biscuit, there’s going to be lots of praise and petting.
P starts training in a couple weeks, but I’ve already had a private session with Kelly to gauge where P is and what class would be best for her.
Again, thank you so much. My life is becoming so much less stressed since the kids started listening better.
Have a great weekend!”
B in Florida
This makes all of the work we put into making Your Pit Bull and You a quality resource for people worthwhile. We work hard to provide good information and try to get it into the hands of the people who need it most. When people are successful and happier with their dogs, it makes us happy. We are so grateful when people like B share their story, because it gives us the motivation to keep moving forward. Thank you, B in Florida, for being with us and for being committed to training your dogs without pain.
Your Pit Bull and You is a labor love and this is why we do what we do.