Techniques we use
We walk a large variety of dogs with a huge range of personalities. Each one requires specific techniques to keep them happy and safe. I will state a general way I handle my fuzzy friends, but of course there are always exceptions to the rules.
-No aversion techniques.
-We try to focus mostly on their good behavior by using lots of positive reinforcement! When they do it right they hear us say "good" and receive a reward.
-We use corrections only when absolutely necessary. I want them to enjoy the walk as much as possible, so we try to keep them to an absolute minimum. Gotta keep the customer happy! Don'y worry though corrections can often have more value than positive reinforcement, so we will not hesitate to do it when necessary.
-Our policy for handling corrections is to first restrict their movement by pulling them in close , and maybe even getting a firm grip on the collar, being very careful never to hurt or scare them in any way. Then look at them directly and tell them very firmly NO. This is not to make them scared, but actually the opposite. We want them to understand that they don't need to react and that we have the situation under control.
-We always try to keep a quick pace in order to get the most exercise possible. Sometimes with older or disabled dogs we take things a little more leisurely, but the rule of thumb is get maximum exercise!
-The schedule will sometimes change and dog walks may end up shifted. We take on a lot of last minute walks and sometimes there's a delay, so to make things fit it's sometimes necessary. If we're going to be too late we'll be sure to contact you, but never does a dog go unwalked!