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Certified dog trainer
Heather M. Polechio

Asheville, NC

Heather Polechio, CPDT-KA, CTC, the owner and operator of Asheville Mindful Mutz Training & Behavior Consulting, is recognized as a leading, professionally referred resource in the community, providing comprehensive and effective solutions for dog training and behavior.

The services offered include on-site or in-home training, incorporating practical, proven methods and strategies. The techniques used are free from force and intimidation, focusing on customizing strategies and training recommendations to suit the individual needs and motivations of each dog, as well as the client’s lifestyle and goals.

The belief at Asheville Mindful Mutz is that respect and understanding are crucial in achieving training goals. The emphasis is on teaching the importance of structure, boundaries, and effective communication in fostering a healthy and balanced relationship with dogs.

Clients are guided on how to integrate the training tools gained into their daily lives with their dogs. The services offered range from early puppy foundation courses to advanced problem behavior assistance, including issues related to anxiety and aggression.

Heather Polechio is a 2009 Honors Graduate of the San Francisco-based Academy for Dog Trainers & Behavior Counselors. She is also nationally certified with the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

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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.

How can I select the right trainer for my dog?

Start by evaluating your dog's needs and identifying your training objectives. Each trainer's profile provides insights into their areas of expertise. Match these with your dog's character and your goals to find the ideal fit.

How do I ensure these trainers are competent?

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?

Yes, they are. Our trainers are adept in basic obedience or intricate behavioral challenges. Browse their profiles to identify a trainer who specializes in the particular issues you wish to address.

How do I initiate a training program with a trainer?

Simply click on the preferred trainer's profile to access their contact details. From there, you can get in touch to discuss your requirements and set up training appointments.

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.

Can I attend a training session to observe before committing?

Reach out to the trainer you're interested in to discuss possibly attending a session. It's a great way to get a feel for their approach and see if it aligns with your expectations.

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