On this episode I talk to Brooke Mihajlovich, a dog trainer who has recently started her practice to Washington state from Indiana. Brooke focuses on remote training collars to help with training without a leash.
She and her husband both shared a love of Doberman’s, and part of their passion to make sure that their new dogs were well trained. Her participation in training her dog sparked her love and talent for training dogs herself.
Brooke’s philosophy focuses on changing the relationships with their owners at a fundamental level. It’s important to create a relationship that focuses on their “humans” as leaders more than just owners. Her primary focus is to give them tools to create a relationship bond that creates very positive results for both the pet and the owner.
We get into some of the other areas of training including
Loose leash training
movement on leash (rather than simply pulling)
“auto sits” when stopping
Shoulder movement and eye contact
Controlling and managing the environment
Off leash training
Electronic Collar Training and Contact Information
This is a particularly controversial training with some, but Brooke and I talk about how to do it the right way. It’s important to understand that once humans understand that it’s not what some might conjure up in their mind about a typical shock they understand that it is subtle, and is designed for a minimum threshold for creating a behavior pattern.
I’ve been training people and dogs in Seattle for the last decade and a half. My main focus when working with clients every week in one-on-one, private lessons is to help people learn to get their dogs to a functional level so that they can actually enjoy spending time every day with their dog instead of stressing about their dog’s behavior issues.