About James


Are you aware that there are no state or federal standards for pet dog trainers? The truth is anyone that decides to become a dog trainer can read a book, print up some business cards and go into business as a dog trainer. As you may have noticed, there are several listings for dog trainers who have no certifications at all and it is impossible to find one who doesn't mention "positive reinforcement". How do dog owners know if a trainer is good? Referral letters can help but what trainer is going to supply an inquiring dog owner with referral letters from dissatisfied customers.


Fortunately, there are some reputable organizations that offer certification and testing. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT),  the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) are some excellent examples who establish high standards and also encourage continued education. Since certification is not required for anyone to call themselves a dog trainer, it is up to the individual trainer to take the initiative to demonstrate competence in his or her field. Most reputable dog trainers will take this initiative, however there are many who do not.


My desire had always been to be a "good" dog trainer until I made the decision to not settle for "good". I had become infatuated with the positive results achieved by dogs that were trained with operant conditioning training methods. The methods I had been using seemed effective for most dogs, but sometimes there were "hard dogs" with certain behaviors that could not be satisfactorily curtailed and "soft dogs" that were at least in some part untrainable. I discovered that trainers using operant conditioning methods seemed to have the resources to be able to overcome these issues. Any dog could be trained with operant conditioning training methods but that required extensive "training for the trainer" that went far beyond attending a seminar, taking a test or reading the latest article. Organizations that specialize in "agility training", "service and assistance dog training" (such as search and rescue, dogs for the hearing disabled, guide dogs etc.) and "competition obedience" are increasingly using operant conditioning as their training method of choice.


I am a Full Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), certified by the AKC as a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator and trainer as well as being certified by the American Red Cross in Canine CPR. As a result of many years hard work and by the grace of God, I was also fortunate enough to be able to dedicate a year of my life to complete the rigorous program and become a graduate of Animal Behavior College. My year long commitment to this program has provided me with a formal education in operant conditioning training methods, canine obedience training and understanding canine behavior and its motives. While all of the other certifying organizations have testing and standards that establish credibility, none of them require the high level of commitment and proficiency of an ABC Certified Dog Trainer.


Special relationships are the thing I love most about being a dog trainer. While building relationships are the cornerstone of success in any venture, the relationships I am privileged to enjoy as a dog trainer are what I use to measure my success. Some of the most rewarding relationships I enjoy are not always "paying" clients. Volunteering with Animal Shelters and Humane Societies has provided me with more joy and satisfaction than any one man deserves. 


One of my most valued relationships is with the Frisco Humane Society, which has a wonderful system of adoption. Since there is no actual shelter, these dogs are staying in "foster homes" composed of loving and caring families who freely give of themselves to provide a temporary sanctuary for these dogs. Since the dogs live at these homes the "foster heroes" can provide you with firsthand information that is important to you as you make your selection. These dogs have the benefit of home socialization, they come spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, up-to-date on vaccinations and veterinary care and if their behavior ever gets out of hand, they get a visit from me. You can see these dogs at www.friscohumanesociety.com or visit the PetSmart on Preston Road in Frisco every 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday. Along with a wonderful group of foster volunteers and dogs you will probably meet me there as I am also an FHS volunteer, foster daddy and an adopter. Check me out in the photo of Santa Paws. I have to say, I do look pretty good in red!

My certifications, education and experience provide the skills required to effectively and humanely train your dog while enhancing that special relationship between you and your dog. Once you experience K9Den Solutions Dog Training, you will wonder why you waited until now. I look forward to helping you and your dog establish that special bond you have always dreamed of enjoying.



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