Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Collaboration in Dog Training

"What sets you apart from the competition?"

It's a question I've been asked numerous times, minimally veiled, and it's one I'm rather uncomfortable answering.

Because the only competition I have is from trainers who put something before you and your dog: ego, money, or even blind adherence to a "philosophy" that shuts down dialogue instead of remaining open to constructive discourse.

Simply put, my competition is your failure because I define my success as an improvement in a dog family's overall quality of life, resulting from increased understanding and mutual respect between your dog and all family members. That means picking the best service, at the most convenient location, at a feasible time...for each and every one of your specific dog training or enrichment needs. If that's ME for every single one of your dog-related activities, then stop reading this and just give me a ring, Mum.

So what makes me who I am as a dog trainer?

I listen. I strive to understand your current thought process, as well as your dog's. I distill what I hear to determine your primary, feasible goals and discuss with you a plan of action, carefully considering all available services, including collaboration or direct referral. This is not what makes me "different". This is the approach that allows all of us to bring you so much more than one person's expert opinion. This is how we leverage the massive knowledge base of generations of progressive, collaborative, ethical dog training providers and scholars.

This is what sets us apart from the competition.

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About the Harenbergs

Audrey, Aipa, and Steve Harenberg on the Blue Ridge Mountains

We build strong working relationships between dogs and handlers through the use of modern learning theory and the development of technological aids.

Audrey has been involved with numerous non-profit organisations, as foster mom, therapy dog handler, and obedience instructor. In addition to teaching private lessons, group classes, and in-home training, she's busy creating free blog articles and books to help make progressive dog training accessible to all.

Steve is finishing his PhD in computer science and will be taking over technological development once he is freed from academia.