North Country Canine - Cheboygan, MI
Here at North Country Canine, we utilize a method that we have coined "The Communicative Approach to Training Theory". It is not a Method of Training, per se, but rather, an attitude toward a method. Even moreso, it is an approach that puts a relationship with your dog, as it's foundation. CATT (see what I did there?) places how we perceive our dogs, and how they perceive us in return. Therein lies our biggest obstacle to success on every job...I simply cannot promise any client complete success on my own.
You see, what we do depends wholly on what you, our customer, does with the knowledge that we share and advocate to help your dog. I am there to be your guide into your dogs mind and behavior. If I, as a Behaviorist, fail to convince and motivate each dogs owner to "get into the game" and do their part, then I have failed. And a large percentage of those that call me, expect that I will solve their issues for them. Well, I won't. I could, but I won't. Because you are the one that must take your dog into your home, and make it successful for everyone involved. And thusly, you must take responsibility for what we can share with you, and make it YOUR practice.
It has been our observation over several years that training dogs is fairly straightforward, easy in some cases. Training humans...well, not so much. Most dog owners come into a situation requiring our help with preconceived ideas of what we do, and what we can do. So we have entirely shifted from our original modus operandi of training dogs, to Involving Humans in whatever their dog needs. It's up to you, our customer, to understand and apply what we show you, and make it happen. That's what a good trainer should do, and what a good behaviorist must do. Properly applied, we believe that our clients will be much more satisfied with the results.
The benefits of this are simple. When we formerly trained a dog, and then sent it home with a short visit, we would experience 50% of clients calling back after 2 or 3 weeks needing a refresher on their dog, who was backsliding into their former misbehavior. We had trained the dog, but the owner was not really into the center of our program, and couldn't follow up on their own. Good for repeat business for us, but annoying and expensive for them. That's one reason that our initial evaluations are a bit more costly than many Board and Train type trainers. We don't rely on you coming back 8 or 10
times at $75.00 per hour. An investment of an estimated $100.00 as opposed to $500.00 over several weeks, is simple to sell. And it works. If you follow through.
That's the reason that we at North Country Canine prefer to think of ourselves as "Behaviorists" as opposed to strictly being trainers. Most of our referrals are concerned with various "problems" as opposed to true, basic or advanced dog training. We are effective practitioners of problem solving, and of creating better canine citizens in your home and on the street. By employing YOU, as our educators.
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How do you serve precious pets?
- Pet Training
Which training type do you employ to encourage paw-sitive behaviors?
- Pet Behavior Modification
- Detection Dog Training
- K9 Police Dog Training
- Dog Obedience Training
- Service Dog Training
- Dog Therapy Training
What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?
What licensing do you have?
- Business License
On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?
- 80+ lbs
- Certificate in Canine Studies (CCS)
- Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC)
- Certified Fearful Dogs Professional
- Certified Professional Trainer (CPT) Master Trainer Course - National K-9 Learning Center
- IACP Service Dog Trainer Certified
- Professional Handlers Association
Proud member of...
- National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR)
Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?
Which part of the country do you serve pets?
Northern Lower and Eastern Upper Michigan
What year did you begin serving pets?