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Professional, ethical dog trainers do not guarantee behavior.
Here's why:

​The training and behavior modification services offered by Grateful Dog Training, Inc. are designed to meet the individual needs of clients’ and their dogs. Successful execution of those services depends on the level of commitment and compliance of the owner; a combination of learned skills and ongoing practice.

Animal behavior (humans are animals too) is never fixed or static; it changes depending on circumstance and environment. Even well trained behaviors are at risk of fading over time without repetition and practice. In cases of fear or aggression, although behavior may be modified, the dog is never “cured." A dog's behavior is ultimately the responsibility of the owner.

As a result of the changeability inherent in all behavior, it is unethical to offer a guarantee of an animal's future behavior.
As professional members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, we have adopted the policy set forth in their mission statement:
"Members should refrain from giving guarantees regarding the outcome of training, because there is no sure way to guarantee the cooperation and performance of all parties involved and because the knowledge of animal behavior is incomplete.”

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What We Do Guarantee

  • To work with you in a customized fashion and develop a training plan tailored to your goals and your dog's needs.

  • To provide honest professional services of the highest standards.

  • To develop and apply training programs using positive reinforcement training methods and the *LIMA principle.

  • To continually assess our knowledge, experience and qualifications and work within our professional limits.

  • To continue professional development through reading, attending conferences, workshops and seminars, and other continuing education opportunities.

  • To treat all animals and clients with respect, taking into account their physical and psychological well-being, and respecting client's wishes regarding the training of their dogs.

  • To respect the privacy of our clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional services, unless otherwise agreed upon in advance. I will use discretion in revealing information regarding dogs displaying potentially dangerous behavior.

  • To incorporate what it means to be a responsible dog owner into training programs.

  • To strive for high client satisfaction and address all concerns in a timely, thoughtful and respectful manner.

  • To dedicate our best efforts to the resolution of your current training challenge.

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