Whether you are a first-time dog owner needing help with all the basics, or a seasoned pet parent whose previous training approach just isn’t working with this dog, I’m eager to guide you toward reaching your dog training goals!
In a perfect world, you’ll be reaching out to me for basic preventative dog training assistance, so you won’t have to deal with dog behavior problems later. However, if your dog already has some bad habits, I’ve got your back!
- Puppy socialization (Note:Importantly, this decreases the chance of aggressive behavior and maximizes bite prevention in your adult dog. Proper socialization involves a lot more than introducing your puppy to people and dogs!)
- House training
- Pulling on leash
- Food stealing
- Getting into the trash, etc.
- Safety for kids and dogs
- Aggression towards other dogs on leash
- Issues between cats and dogs
- and much more...
If you face any of these struggles, I can help!
My name is Bette, and I am your Wenatchee Dog Training coach.
One of my students once said I must have been a dog in a former life. I don't know if that's the case, but I have learned through over fifteen years of experience what does and doesn't work for various dogs in various settings given the constraints of their specific environment and their family's preferences.
My expertise in dog training and behavior modification developed initially out of my own need for help when I was living in Japan with my first borzoi puppy. In a culture where polite behavior was expected, my dog was a wild child! Looking back on it, I could never have asked for a better way to learn dog training than by diving in with a breed known to be challenging to train.
With that experience under my belt, and my passion for both creative problem solving and understanding the function of behavior, I became one of the Boston area's favorite dog trainers. I was awarded Best of Boston by Boston Magazine in 2006, won Best Trainer from Beantown Tails yearly from 2008 - 2010, and placed in the Boston A-List competition every year from 2012 – 2014.
I adore animals... and people!
Various life events drew me to the West Coast from the East and have inspired me to slow down and love my own life. I now take on only a limited number of students at once, choosing to work with those to whom I feel the strongest connection. One thing I've learned through the years is that students learn best from teachers they enjoy as people. With that in mind, here's a bit about me to help you decide if we're a great fit...
I am fascinated by studying why we all do the things we do.
My "tribe" extends far beyond the limits of political affiliation, nationality, race or gender. I believe in inclusion.
My life's work is teaching people to influence the behavior of others by relying primarily on positive, force-free methods.
While I love the use of a clicker as a reward marker during training, I'm happy to teach you how to use a verbal reward marker instead (if you really just don't take to "gadget-based" training).
I am also a strong supporter of the NILIF method (Nothing In Life Is Free). Yes, I use food and toys as rewards. I also use access to play, interaction with other dogs and people, and other desirable activities as rewards to shape the behavior we want to see.
For about five years before I became a professional dog trainer, I taught humans of all ages in Japan how to communicate in English through the immersion method (meaning we were not allowed to speak any Japanese at all). This experience has been pivotal to my success at teaching both humans and dogs.
Still reading? It looks like we may work well together! Let me help you shape your dog’s behavior with creative and fun private dog training so you can get back to loving life with your dog! Reach out to me today. Just click the envelope icon towards the upper right portion of this page to send a message, or call me at (509) 596-0889 and let's get you on the path to loving life with your dog!
Mobile puppy and dog training lessons are available by appointment in your own home or on "fieldtrips" in the Wenatchee Valley. Online dog training (via Zoom or Skype) is available anywhere there's a decent internet connection!
Wenatchee Valley Dog Trainer