"What are your training methods?"
This is probably the number one question that I get asked by my new clients and this is by far the hardest question for me to contextualize. In fact, I really don't have an answer for this question at all even after over a decade of professional training.
I suppose the reason for my indecisiveness on answering this question is that I absolutely refuse to limit myself to one particular method of training dogs. Each and every client/dog team are distinctly unique. What may work for one family and situation may not work for the next. One method applied to one dog may throw another into a tailspin.
It's for this reason that we practice a reward based balanced approach to training dogs and this has been very successful for me personally, Mayrich Kennels and the dogs that we have been fortunate enough to help over the years.
By not limiting myself to a particular method, I can constantly evolve and forever keep an open mind with each dog I am working with. I think too often dog training becomes about the "trainer" and that trainer's particular method or rigid ideology, the dog and more importantly the dog's best interest gets lost on all the hype.
When we stop looking at dogs as the individuals they are, and start grouping them into one big melting pot, we lose out on the beauty and the intricacy of the animal itself. Dogs are far more precious and deserve more from us than to be relegated to some "scientific" box. As if there is a magic formula that will work for every...single...dog and every...single...situation if you only try hard enough.
The beauty of science is that it is forever changing and constantly evolving. We have not even begun to scratch the surface in finding out the true intelligence of dogs, their emotional capacities or abilities to learn and to overcome behavioral challenges. By choosing to utilize all of the science available to us, and not practicing limited science we are able to provide the dogs with the highest standards in dog training available today. Our methods are so successful because we won't be limited to a particular tool, or lack of tool or particular ideology. The dog will always come first in our training programs.