My goal is to help you to learn to understand and communicate with your dog. With proper training, the relationship you can achieve is one of companionship and connection, affection, trust, harmony, and mutual respect.
I believe training is a journey, where I help you and your dog achieve the results you want, together. It’s also an opportunity for bonding and should be a very rewarding experience for both of you. The goal is to establish and strengthen the bond you have with your dog.
To accomplish great things with our dogs, we need to be their guides; we must not only guide them to live in a human world, but allow them to be a dog; not only train and exercise, but understand, listen and communicate so our dog has success and builds his or her confidence. We spend far too much time focusing on what our dogs do wrong, when we should be focusing and rewarding what they do right, and so, unfortunately, that becomes the norm. Therefore, I believe in positive reinforcement training and do not employ abusive methods.
In addition to obedience training, I can help you prevent and resolve any behavior problems that your dog may have. Some of these behavioral problems included dogs biting their owners, child aggressive, unwanted hunting behavior (chasing wild animals in the forest), and resistant to house training. Have an older dog? No problem, it really is true that you can always train an old dog new tricks.
I’ve worked with people and their pet dogs for 15 years. During my years in California, I trained dogs on movie sets and magazines shoots using the marker and clicker method. I am also a mentor trainer for ABTA (American Behavior and Training Association), which helps dog trainers start their careers.
My true passion, however, has always been working with family dogs of all ages and breeds.
My sensitivity to your dog’s personality and temperament, along with positive motivational training methods that I use, will help you and your dog share a happy and obedient life together. I observe your dog and then adapt the training method to their personality. Some dogs are sensitive, and need just the most gentle of guidance. Others need that a more obvious and direct approach.
Techniques or methods that promise the deeply desired “quick fix” come with a troubling fine print. They often compromise the most basic principles laid out in the science of learning. They have the potential to harm what is most sacred in dog training: the relationship.
Accept that your dog is imperfect and make a commitment to train for progress, not perfection. Let the dog’s behavior show you how well you are doing. Learn from your mistakes. Set your dog up to succeed. Your dog will love you for it.
My training school in Los Angeles was called SIT and STAY; all my American friends and clients called me Billie – so please do feel free to call me Billie, as well. I am happy to work with your dog in either German or English, your call.
For my overseas clients: Skype e-training lessons are available.
I also have worked with Sybille Wells (Cattledog – Munich Dog School, formerly Sit and Stay). Hands down I find her the best trainer I’ve ever worked with – and I’ve worked with a few. Sybille’s method is completely different – it respects both the dog and the owner and the results are both huge and long lasting. But the other thing I want to add here is that Sybille is an INVALUABLE resource on all things dog – food, supplements, sources/providers. When I moved from the US she immediately helped me get set up with the right food, etc. She’s much more than a dog trainer – I say contact her with any questions you have about your dogs (and she can even work with you on Skype) – you’ll be very grateful you did!
Bonnie Buckner Ph.D, Los Angeles – Montpellier