Like many professional dog trainers, I began my path as a dog trainer by training my own dogs, all of which had "behavior issues": jumping, fear, aggression (dog to dog aggression and dog to human aggression), separation anxiety and more. My 20 years of experience of dog sitting, volunteering at shelters & rescue organizations, and training other people how to train their dog refined those skills. I have worked with a huge range of individual dogs of all breeds, backgrounds and behaviors. I trained my first two service dogs
I'm a knowledge junkie: if something is interesting to me, I will research, read and study everything I can get my hands on. Stacks of books, scholarly articles, dog professional websites, documentaries, dog science and health news, blogs, videos ...the list goes on and on. I am constantly searching for the new tips and tricks to train your dog.
Proof is in the paper: I hold a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed certification. The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers is the only independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. They also hold high standards for professional conduct and require continuing education for renewal every 3 years.
I am a Professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. The APDT creates and maintains superior industry standards and provides continuing education.
Most of my clients figure out in the first session or two that I am not training their dog, I am teaching the human! With a background in adult and child education, language, and psychology, I translate the fancy dog trainer lingo into easy-to-understand examples. I am sensitive to the individual learning style of my clients, and customize training for those who learn differently.
University of Arizona 2010
Bachelor of Arts in English,
Minor in Education
Across Diverse Cultures
I have used just about every tool out there: Regular old leashes, clickers, flirt poles, long lines, head halters, body harnesses, slip leads, martingales, pinch collars, e-collars and more. I will be the first one to tell you that there is no magic tool. Some dogs respond beautifully on just a plain collar. Other dogs, and some humans, need a stronger tool. I explore tools that match you AND your dog to find the gentlest and most effective tool.
We do not need to use e-collars, pinch collars, slip leads, "leash pops" or other not-so-nice methods to teach our fur kids. I will show you how.
Boy oh boy, I have quite the list of experiences with dog health and medical issues! I can administer oral or injected medications, provide post-surgical and wound care, and administer basic pet first aid. I always invite my clients to ask me "Should I be worried about...." (and I always defer to your veterinarian!).
I also have human CPR certification and Wilderness First Aid certification, just in case. Let's do the "blood, sweat and tears" part, but without the blood, please!
We carry professional and general liability insurance through Business Insurers of the Carolinas, a partner of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
There is no licensing for dog trainers, but we are registered with the State of Utah and South Salt Lake to conduct business.
Zan is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed.
Steph adopted Biscotti, a dachshund pup with a long bite history and immediately dove into the training world. Steph came to Superhero Dog as a client, but her work with Biscotti was so transformative that we knew she was meant to be a trainer. Steph does many of our training walks and field trips.
Steph got her first dog, Mater, at age 11 but he was unsocialized and highly reactive. As a young person, she didn't know how to train him so she became his protective bubble. That is an unfortunate stress for the humans who love reactive dogs. Because of these experiences, Steph has a special love for dogs who may be a bite risk.
Steph is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed.
Kaliis a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed.
Lil Lavender's Song:
Lil' Lily Lavender
Sweet as a pea
Just as smart as she can be.
Pretty as a pansy
Tougher than a rose
We all won the puppy lottery!
Lil is an Australian Cattle Dog muttly mutt. We adopted her at 8 weeks old from Rescue Rovers. We just happened to bring her home the week of Coronoapocalypse (didn't plan that!). She loves her 85 talking buttons (and counting!) , running 20mph next to the bike, and "Play Eat" (a.k.a. training!).
Dolly is a cattle dog, born on a cattle farm to work. And she loooooves to work! She is the ultimate helper dog on the playground. She is able to read any dog's body language and changes her behavior to match the other dog. She is impressively obedient in public but a menace at home. Dolly loves ball, food, cuddles and her big sister.
Oh, and Dolly can't hear you. She's deaf.
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What to look for in a R+ Positive reinforcement professional dog training company in Salt Lake City, UT. Positive reinforcement training should be lots of fun for you and your dog!
Obedience commands can be taught to dogs young and old (yes old dogs can learn new tricks!). Puppy training at 8 weeks can make good obedience skills for the life of your dog. Don't wait to start puppy training. Teach a puppy to stop biting. Don't let puppy biting become a fun game. If your puppy is biting, just walk away from them or place them in a safe area like a dog kennel or puppy playpen. Puppy potty training and crate training go together. Make a potty routine. 8 week old puppies should be taken outside to go potty about every hour. After they go potty, puppies can have free play time! When your puppy is all tired out, give them a meal or some yummy treats or chews. Nap time!
Yes we can help with behavior issues!
Separation anxiety training should use desensitization and counterconditioning. Practice leaving in very small time increments. Give your dog enrichment activities to keep them busy while you are gone. Snuffle mats, silicone lick mats, Kongs, bones, chews, treat dispensing balls, or homemade dog puzzles can all stop dog from chewing or destroying the house.
Many dog owners struggle with dog aggression. Reactivity and aggression can look very similar. How can you tell if a dog is aggressive? Schedule a free consult with Superhero Dog Academy to help tell the difference between an excited dog, a fearful dog, and an aggressive dog.
Resource guarding is when a dog has something valuable, like a bowl of dog food, a bone or favorite toy that they are scared will be taken away. Resource guarding is the fear of losing something. Train resource guarding by offering lots of yummy treats while your dog enjoys their favorite item. Good timing is important for resource guarding so be sure to consult with a professional dog trainer.
Looking for a dog board and train in Salt Lake City Utah? We only use positive reinforcement WITHOUT e-collars! Boot camp sounds like no fun to us. We are Puppy Preschool teachers at Superhero Dog Academy! No Alphas around here, just really awesome Sidekick Humans.
Teach a puppy to fetch. We use fun games like fetch and positive reinforcement dog training to teach obedience like Stay, Come and Drop. Learn American Sign Language hand signs for dog obedience commands. Dogs respond better to visual cues like hand signs.
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