My ultimate goal at Leash & Hand is to provide you, the human, with sound, research-based methods for training your dog. While I embrace the science for its rigour and truth, I deeply understand and honor the heart connection with these intelligent, sentient creatures who have become such an integral part of our lives.
- Dogs are our companions, friends, service partners, and hunting buddies.
- They become members of our families.
- Our lives are enriched due to the joy, warmth, and humor dogs provide.
I promote force-free training not only because science* supports it as the best option for optimal learning, but because it is the right thing to do.
Learning should never involve pain or fear.
To that end, I strive to strengthen and enhance the human-canine bond while making sure learning is not only pleasurable, but rewarding for both species.
* The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, along with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and The Pet Professional Guild all strongly caution against the use of pain and fear in dog training and behavior modification.