Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer

Melissa and Moki

About Me

As a positive reinforcement dog trainer in Salt Lake City, I graduated with distinction from Victoria Stilwell Academy. Currently, I am the first and only VSA-CDT (Victoria Stilwell Academy-Certified Dog Trainer) dog trainer in Utah at this time. I do not use tools like shock collars, choke chains, or the like. Instead, I stick with cultivating positive communication with you and your dog. My goal is to teach you how to communicate with your dog while building a deeper relationship with your dog. Together, we will teach your pup what to do instead of what not to do.

How Training to a T, LLC Came About

I’ve always had a passion for animals. Growing up, all of my “critters” had names starting with the letter “T”, hence the name “Training to a T” was born. One of those animals, Taz, was a Great Pyrenees puppy. His story is below.

Taz – Why I am passionate about positive reinforcement Dog Training

Taz became one of the family in the late 90’s after we took a trip to the west desert for a college class. We were out searching for latitude/longitude markers when we stumbled upon a make-shift shelter. Somebody had stacked leftover palettes in a small structure to use them for target shooting. Inside, were seven tiny Great Pyrenees puppies with no food or water. After several hours hiking around and not seeing any signs of their mother, there was no way we were leaving them there. We brought them home and found homes for all of them, except Taz, who we kept.

The puppies were only four weeks old. After consulting with our vet, he determined a sheep herder had probably taken them away from their mother. Unfortunately, it is common for sheep herders to do this so their dogs will pay attention to the sheep, not the puppies. In this particular occurrence, our vet thought the sheep herder took them into the desert and abandoned them.

Taz and his litter mates didn’t receive the proper time with their mom, or the proper socialization, so he was a handful. We stuck with him throughout his life and it was during that time, I became interested in training.

If I had known the science behind dog training then, I could have helped Taz a lot more. It is in his memory, and as a tribute to him, that I want to help train dogs. I want to teach you how to communicate with your dog in a positive way, while both parties are learning and having fun.”

If you are in need of a positive reinforcement dog trainer, contact me today.


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