Our values – Smarty Dog Training

Our values

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Science
We train using scientifically supported methods and are avid students of behavior and learning theory.  We strive to provide our clients and canine students the knowledge to become better trainers themselves.

Mutual Respect
We believe in the golden rule, treating others as you wish to be treated.  Our training methods incorporate empathy, kindness, and mindfulness.

Accountability
We believe that blame has no place in a healthy relationship with our dogs and seek to build up both the confidence of both our client’s and their dogs by providing support as a coach & mentor.

Reinforcement, Redirection, & Rewards
We believe in reinforcing the behavior that we want through the usage of rewards as well as redirecting undesired behaviors.

Trust
A strong bond is built through many layers of trust. We believe that through clarity in our cues, timing, rewards, placement, & criteria we cultivate the relationship with our dog.

You!
The most important part of a dog’s training is YOU!  As an active participant in your dog’s training, the human is the biggest asset a dog has in their life-long journey of learning.