Training Philosophy

Positive Training

Because Nikki does not subscribe to the notion dog training must require harsh consequences, she only uses positive techniques.  What does this mean?  This means she will not use tools such as pinch, choke or shock collars on your dog.  In addition, she will never require you to roll your dog into a "submissive" state, or lure your dog into displaying appropriate behavior.  Nikki has spent years studying the way dogs communicate with one another and with us, and will teach you how to change your daily habits in order to be a confident leader for your dog, and to set expectations for him.  

Why DogSpeak is Different

The goal of Nikki's training is simple: to teach dogs appropriate behavior by setting expectations and communicating to them in a way they understand.  Many training programs require you to set aside a specified amount of time each day to train your dog.  While some aspects of your training program may require additional time each day, (especially for behavioral issues), Nikki will ultimately  teach you to change your daily habits so training is a 24/7 (not daunting)  process.   She challenges dogs to use problem-solving and appropriate communication skills to help them be more confident, well-mannered pets.  This means Nikki's training goes beyond basic obedience.

Common Issues

Issues Nikki works on include (but are not limited to):  jumping, excessive barking, separation anxiety, aggressiveness toward humans and/or other dogs, inner-pack issues, door-bolting and housebreaking.