Owner, Head Trainer, IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Fear Free Certified Professional
Darcy has loved dogs their whole life. From collecting stuffed dogs as a child, to volunteering with Canine Companions for Independence through high school, they have always looked for excuses to be surrounded by dogs at any capacity.
With that adoration of dogs, Darcy has studied the work of Patricia McConnell PhD, Karen Pryor, Susan Freidman, and others as they have developed a training method driven by empathy, guided by research. This has led Darcy to see dog training as a love language, one to be expressed as mutual respect and desire to understand. With methods backed by science, Darcy has helped countless pet parents reach their goals, no matter how big or small.
My Training Philosophy
I believe no matter the breed, no matter the problem, training can be accomplished without a heavy hand. This mean I will never resort to using pinch collars, prong collars, or shock collars (also called stim collars, or e-collars) to punish your dog. Not only are those methods harmful, they actually can prevent effective, long term learning! I align my practice with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's position statement on humane dog training: "There is no evidence that aversive training is necessary for dog training or behavior modification". In alignment with that, I blend positive reinforcement methods and force free handling to deter and replace unwanted behaviors, and encourage and strengthen desirable ones.
As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, it is my goal to not only help your dog overcome complex behavior hurdles, but also to help you understand where the behavior came from in the first place. From the point of understanding, communication and training flourish.