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Certified dog trainer
Bille Wickre

Albion, MI

The Canine Training Institute of the Humane Society of South Central Michigan trains dogs to become best friends and lifelong companions. They are concerned with good manners in the home and in public. They welcome people and dogs of all ages and abilities. Certifications include CPDT-KA. Training equipment includes buckle or martingale collar, 6-foot lead, treats, and sometimes a front-connecting harness or a halter-style collar.

Their training philosophy is based on positive methods and cooperation between trainer and dog, integrating techniques that rely on understanding animal physiology and normal physical reactions. The institute serves all of south-central Michigan, located in Battle Creek, and recently had clients from Albion, Marshall, Kalamazoo, Richland, Augustus, Homer, and other towns within a 50-mile radius.

Classes are small, with every client receiving individual attention. Their trainers are dedicated individuals with experience working with and training animals, not limited to dogs, using positive methods. Among their staff are certified professional dog trainers, members of APDT, professionals in horse therapy riding, and teachers.

The trainers strive to keep abreast of the latest techniques, methods, and animal training information. They regularly attend classes, seminars, or workshops to maintain their levels of knowledge, skills, and competence. The Canine Training Institute is a social enterprise of the Humane Society of South-Central Michigan, so all fees for classes go to caring for the animals at the Humane Society.

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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.

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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?

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