I trained my own dogs for more than 35 years before deciding to become a professional, whereupon I enrolled in an intensive dog-training certification process. After a year of study, test-taking, an internship, volunteering, and a final exam, I graduated in 2007 from the Animal Behavior College with a 98% grade-point average. I maintain a regime of continuing education, reading books by leaders in the field of dog training and canine behavior.
I believe the most effective place to train a dog in his natural environment, because it gives me the opportunity to observe the dog interacting normally, at home with his owner and family. Each dog and each owner are unique, so I must consider many variables before I recommend an appropriate treatment or training approach.