Effective, humane
training methods.

Unleash ATL is committed to evidence-based, humane training as is recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

 

There is NEVER a need for training techniques to use force, pain, intimidation, startle, or stress to achieve the desired result. 

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FAQs about Methods:

What methods do you use?

Training and behavior modification techniques utilize a comprehensive approach. We evaluate each dog's lifestyle, home environment, needs, and family goals. Change begins immediately as we implement management and enrichment plans. New skills are taught using rewards-based methods. These methods emphasize long-term efficacy and enthusiastic cooperation between dogs and their humans. 

Do your methods work for ALL dogs?

Absolutely! No matter how "stubborn" or "difficult" your dog may be, these methods work. ALL dogs, ALL behavior problems, and ALL training goals can be addressed most effectively by a skilled trainer using humane methods based on a thorough understanding of behavioral science. Experts in canine training and psychology are currently even using these methods to train working dogs, military dogs, and service dogs. 

What types of equipment do you use in training?

For each dog, tool selection is based on what will be Least Invasive and Minimally Intrusive (LIMA) in their training. This may include equipment like a treat pouch, harness, leash, clicker, and training mat. For some dogs, muzzle desensitization may also be advised. 

 

Read more about LIMA here!

Don't I need to be the "alpha?"

You may be familiar with the use of "dominance-style" training from television, or even from another trainer. We know now that these techniques are founded on a flawed understanding of canine psychology.  It is not necessary or even useful in training to "assert dominance" on a dog. Instead, using such methods has actually been shown to increase aggressive behaviors, fear, excitability, and stress in dogs. You can learn more about this by reading what the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has written on the topic!