Gigi Moss

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Like so many dog trainers, I discovered the science of dog training after having a really ‘bad dog’.

Amelia Airedale came to me at six months old a total mess. She lived outside in a kennel with her parents her entire life. She never went inside the house. She never ventured outside the yard. She knew nothing. Not a doggone thing. Housetraining, leash walking, and basic requests (like sit, down, and stay) were all completely foreign to her.

The more I worked to solve Amelia’s problems so that she could function in the world, the more I learned about:

  • Dog behavior
  • Dog training
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Socialization
  • Learning theory
  • Behavior modification
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
I knew in my heart that I could never punish my dog into being good and looked for a better way. So, I harnessed the tools of positive reinforcement to change how Amelia understood her world and my expectations.

That was some 25 years ago. To make a long story short, I made a career of it.

Today, I love:

  • Helping dogs and their people learn to communicate and minimize frustration and “bad” behavior – on both ends of the leash.
  • Watching dogs improve their life skills and emotional well-being.
  • Seeing families uncover the dog they want, hidden inside the dog they have.