Are Walks With Your Dog Enjoyable?
Do you spend your time struggling to get your dog to stop pulling on the leash? Does your dog embarrass you by barking at other dogs and people you pass? Do you cross the street to avoid displays of doggie mayhem?
Are you confident taking your dog along to dog-friendly social events? Or does your four-legged best friend have to stay home alone because their behavior makes them an unwelcome guest?
Can you enjoy the company of guests to your home without having to lock your dog away? Or do you dread the reaction of your friends when your dog jumps all over them or steals their snacks from the coffee table?
Do you love hanging out with your dog at home? Or do you have to constantly police your dog to prevent counter-surfing or trash digging? Does the stress of managing your dog's behavior around your kids leave you utterly worn out and frustrated?
Can you safely leave your dog at home?
Do you worry about the scene of destruction you'll return to? Do you dread the time you'll have to spend cleaning up dog potty accidents?
Are you able to allow your dog freedom to love their own life? Or do you have to practically hold them prisoner to prevent them from harming themselves, destroying your stuff and generally making your life a stress-fest?
Again, I ask: Are you loving life with your dog?
If You Face Any Of These Struggles, I Can Help!
My name is Betina, and I am the Seattle Dog Training Coach. One of my students once said I must have been a dog in a former life. I don't know if that's the case, but I have learned through over fifteen years of experience what does and doesn't work for various dogs in various settings given the constraints of their specific environment and their family's preferences.
My expertise in dog training and behavior modification developed initially out of my own need for help when I was living in Japan with my first borzoi puppy. In a culture where polite behavior was expected, my dog was a wild-child! Looking back on it, I could never have asked for a better way to learn dog training than by diving in with a breed known to be a challenge to train.
With that experience under my belt, and my passion for both creative problem solving and understanding the function of behavior, I became one of the Boston area's favorite dog trainers. I was awarded Best of Boston by Boston Magazine in 2006, won Best Trainer from Beantown Tails yearly from 2008 - 2010 and placed in the Boston A-List competition every year from 2012 – 2014.
I Adore Animals... Including Humans!
Various life events drew me to the West Coast from the East and have inspired me to slow down and love my own life. I now take on only a limited number of students at once, choosing to work with those to whom I feel the strongest connection. One thing I've learned through the years is that students learn best from teachers they enjoy as people. With that in mind, here's a bit about me to help you decide if we're a great fit...
I am fascinated by studying why we all do the things we do.
My "tribe" extends far beyond the limits of political affiliation, nationality, race or gender. I believe in inclusion.
My life's work is teaching people to influence the behavior of others via positive, force-free methods.
While I love the use of a clicker as a reward marker during training, I'm happy to teach you how to use a verbal reward marker instead (if you really just don't take to "gadget-based" training.)
I am also a strong supporter of the NILIF method (nothing in life is free). Yes, I use food and toys as rewards. I also use access to play, interaction with other dogs and people, and other desirable activities as rewards to shape the behavior we want to see.
For about five years before I became a professional dog trainer, I taught humans of all ages in Japan how to communicate in English through the immersion method (meaning we were not allowed to speak any Japanese at all!) This experience has been pivotal to my success at teaching both humans and dogs.
Still reading? It looks like we may work well together! Reach out to me today: (206) 745-0181 and let's get you on the path to loving life with your dog today!
Seattle Dog Trainer