About the Trainer
Janis Mikelberg, CPDT-KA
Growing up I knew only about force based training methods which involved punishing my dog for not doing as asked. The desire to learn another way pushed me to search for alternative methods. In my heart I knew there must be another way other than creating a dog who was fearful of being punished.
I have been involved in dog training since 2003 when I began my career by apprenticing at one of Toronto’s leading obedience schools. I quickly progressed to become one of the senior dog trainers. My love of dogs has encouraged me to become more and more involved in dog training. My passion for learning led me to complete the requirements for the CPDT–KA designation which I proudly earned in 2007.
Many problem behaviours stem from a lack of communication between dog and owner. We assume our dogs understand what we want but dogs process and organize their worlds differently.
In my search for alternative training methods, I discovered it wasn't necessary to train with force or use tools such as shock, choke or prong collars. I discovered humane and effective methods exist. I choose to train using force free dog friendly methods.
I believe in treating my clients, both animal and human with respect, compassion and understanding.
I employ reward based training methods based on up to date scientific research focusing on how dogs learn and process information.
A wonderful by-product of force free training is it helps to create a trusting, safe learning environment for your pet.
A dog who is willing and eager to learn is a joy to be with!