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Welcome to From the Heart Animal Behavior and Training

Training is essential for your dog's mental development. It can be done formally or informally, and unless you live in a vacuum, behavior will develop. Through training we can mold your dog's behavior into a desirable asset.

Behavioral problems are the primary reasons pets are turned into shelters, according to the latest statistics. Statistics also reveal using aggressive training methods increases the potential for development of aggressive behavior. Trust is the key word in the methods used at FROM THE HEART, however, trust must be earned by and from your dog. During class you will work hard, play games, laugh, and learn. But most importantly, you will form a bond with your pet.

Located in Salinas, CA, From the Heart provides obedience training for puppies and adult dogs as well as daycare.

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Owner compliance; is it an owner problem or trainer problem? Or is it both?

In observing many trainers over the years I have witnessed trainers that were just going through the motions, not connecting with their clients; dog or owner. But I've also observed owners that are not connecting with trainers. So who's problem is it really? I think in order to get this answer one needs to be honest with themselves and take a hard look at themselves. If I'm teaching a class and I know that one of my student doesn't have that 'hook up look', it's incumbent upon me to find out why. There are times that people are in class just to say they going to class, I'll give you that. But in my heart of hearts I do believe most people are in class to learn, perhaps they have a problem with their dog, perhaps it's their first dog. The training for a person who is a first time dog owner can be quite different than a person who has had dogs before when relating to them at a training level. I take a great deal of time trying to ferret out which type of person I'm working with at that moment and how to connect with that particular person. If for no other reason than for the sake of the dog.

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