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“Convenience, patience, and a smile”
“Penny Howard came to our house, which was very convenient. She is amazingly patient with both the humans and the dogs. Penny is always in a good mood and comes with a smile on her face. I recommended her to several of my friends who were also very pleased with her. Give her a try!!”
It is my goal to do whatever it takes to help pet parents enjoy the best in their dogs, while making training fun for both two- and four-legged clients. I understand how busy my clients are, so I emphasize convenience in all of my services.
The Karen Pryor Academy is widely acknowledged as one of the most outstanding and rigorous training programs available to serious professional dog trainers. Founded by world-renowned trainer and author Karen Pryor, this intensive program sets its graduates apart in an industry without professional standards. I am proud to be a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner.
As a Karen Pryor Academy graduate, I am committed to using only scientifically-sound, humane training methods. That means no use of pain, fear, or intimidation to get results, including choke or prong collars, electric shock collars, or other aversive punishments. Instead, I utilize positive reinforcement-based clicker training. With clicker training, you get a well-behaved dog who enjoys the training process—which means both results and peace of mind for you.
A clicker is a small hand-held device that emits a click sound when pressed. This sound lets your dog know when he’s on the right track.
We live so intertwined with dogs that we sometimes overlook the fact that we’re sharing our homes with another species—a species that does not speak English. Many of the training challenges and frustrations we face come from this simple fact, born of a failure to communicate.
The clicker helps to bridge this communication gap by providing dogs with very clear signals about what we want—and don’t want—them to do. There’s no magic to it, but the results can sometimes seem otherwise!
A West highland White Terrier, Coconut is quite the character. He loves to chase squirrels, lizards, and frogs—almost as much as he loves a good hind end scratching. Coconut was my training partner during the KPA program—we’ve learned a lot together and formed an intense bond along the way.
Beaux is an Australian Shepherd rescued from our local shelter. Abandoned, he had had a rough time—he cried and rolled onto his back when I first met him, and it took some doing to get him into the car for the ride to his new home. But Coconut gave him a great welcome and between their friendship and a good deal of training, he is now a smart, happy boy.
We found Biscuit as a kitten, freezing and starving in a cardboard box in front of the mall on a very cold night. When we got home, Beaux sprang into action to help take care of this poor, hapless creature. They’ve been inseparable ever since.
Woody is a rescue from Swampy Paws Rescue. He was an abandoned newborn kitten a kind man found in his truck engine and brought him to SP. SP posted they needed a foster who could bottle feed him. I literally love bottle feeding kittens I have done it many times, so I went and got him. He fit in the palm of my hand and was so scrawny. I took him to work with me everyday. That was in October of 2010 and now 5 years later this cat and I are inseparable.