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Certified dog trainer
Betty Lanman-Reed

Ashmore, IL

Offering puppy kindergarten and basic obedience, as well as in-home training and consultations. Certifications include training equipment such as buckle or martingale collars, 4 or 6-foot leads, harnesses, and head collars. No chain or pinch collars are used. Utilizing toys and treats, along with praise, the training philosophy is rooted in positive methods only.

The primary goal is to positively train and make learning enjoyable for both dog and human, fostering a strong owner/dog bond and reducing the number of dogs surrendered to shelters. Serving Charleston, Illinois, and the surrounding areas, the focus is not only on training but also on educating the public about the significance of positive training methods.

Classes are sponsored by the Charleston Park and Recreation Department, providing both group and private training options. Both instructors are members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and adhere to its guidelines. Puppy kindergarten classes and basic companion obedience are available, with separate sessions for small and large breeds. The ultimate aim is to train, educate, and engage with dogs in a fun and enriching manner.

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Who are the dog trainers listed on this page?

We showcase a diverse group of accomplished dog trainers specializing in positive reinforcement techniques. You'll find brief profiles of each trainer, highlighting their experience and expertise.

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All trainers listed here are certified professionals with extensive knowledge of positive reinforcement techniques.

Why is positive reinforcement emphasized, and what is it?

Positive reinforcement centers on rewarding preferred behaviors, ensuring a pleasant learning journey for your dog. This approach not only is humane but also strengthens the bond between you and your pet.

Are these trainers equipped to address specific behavioral problems?

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How do group sessions differ from private ones?

Group sessions offer a communal setting where your dog learns general obedience alongside other dogs. In contrast, private sessions grant focused attention, making them perfect for targeted behavior modifications or individualized training agendas.

Which training techniques do these trainers abstain from?

All our trainers are committed to positive reinforcement techniques and steer clear of any harsh or punitive methods. Their primary goal is to make training a joyous journey for you and your dog.

When can I expect to see results using positive reinforcement training?

Results depend on factors like your dog's nature, the specific behaviors in question, and your training consistency. While many clients observe improvements in just a few sessions, it's crucial to be patient and persistent.

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