Tyler is an award-winning dog trainer with several titles and certifications, specializing in pet and working breeds behavior modification programs. One of the only Certified Canine Behaviorists in the region, he also holds degrees and certificates in Ethology and Evolutionary Canine behavior. An industry leader with a common sense approach to dog training. He has also developed several other professionals in his field that train canines in the area and freely shares his knowledge with many young aspiring dog trainers around the country.
"Started into dogs and dog training in 2009, after titling and training several dogs in a broad spectrum of activities, including AKC Obedience, SAR, Service/Therapy, Hunt tests, and Dog sport Utility functions, as well as developing dogs for detection work and use by Police and Sheriff officers. We started The Working Pup, and it has been a fantastic adventure! We now train hundreds of dogs a year, with Service and Therapy dogs working throughout our community in 20+ schools locally and dozens of businesses/institution's around the country.
Tyler's love of the German Shepherd Dog Breed is at the forefront of what he does though he is an all-breed and multiple-discipline dog trainer. He firmly believes that dog trainers in the industry should be actively working or performing with their canines as a marker for professionalism in their field. His dogs have won numerous titles, high trial awards, and high-scoring performances in their respective venues and organizations. His working dogs are known nationally for their intensity and drive.
What is balanced dog training? To us It's using the appropriate tools in a conflict free environment which a dog learns both from positive and negative reinforcement. These can food, praise, a favorite toy. It can also be a humanely used correction collar (properly conditioned and understood of course), it can be a no or a redirection of behavior. The results comparatively speak for themselves as this style of training has been around since the domestication process took place and most any parent can tell you who has raised human children this is their preferred method.
What were about:
We strive to stay in the middle, we love being able to use positives with young dogs and dogs that require being built up and shaped. A lot of clients will hear me say let the dog be a dog or stop micro managing them. Unfortunately puppy's don't live in a bubble and we as owners can't create a bubbled environment. Or the dogs motivation level is different and the environment is far more rewarding and exciting than the offered reward. They grow up and into already predisposed genetic behaviors that are specific to your breed and your puppy or habits we allowed them to get away with as youngsters. Which is why we also use negative reinforcement, management and redirection as well as our positive foundation to balance out our pups and shape boundaries and requirements in behaviors.