Hi, I'm Debbie Schaefer, owner of The Well-Mannered Dog, LLC!
I started training dogs in 1974. In 1987, a local veterinarian suggested the community would benefit from classes geared towards the average pet owner addressing their real-life issues. That was the beginning of The Well-Mannered Dog, LLC, located in Eugene, Oregon.
Certified Pet Dog Trainer
Until recently, consumers did not have an effective way of evaluating a trainers ability. That changed through the organization of The Certification Counsel For Professional Dog Trainers. The certification Counsel For Professional Dog trainers provides testing and certification for trainers to ensure the consumer is receiving training from a qualified professional. All classes offered through The Well-Mannered Dog are taught by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who has been tested through a nationally recognized dog training organization. The test examines knowledge of pet dog training, learning theory, and handling behavior problems.
I place a high priority on getting to know each client so I can respect each dog and owner as individuals with unique thoughts, values and experiences. I strive to provide dogs and owners with an environment that is friendly, respectful, fun and embraces individuality in order to enhance each owners learning experience.
I use dynamic, humane methods that employ the use of operant conditioning, classical conditioning and relationship enhancement education. Owners learn how to motivate your dog using treats, play, social, and environmental rewards instead of constantly correcting it. These programs prohibit techniques that cause pain or fear for the dogs (no choke chains, pinch or shock collars). Many of the training exercises are in the form of games to make training fun. Although owners learn how to train their dog using positive methods, they also learn how to set effective limits and how to humanely change rude behavior.
It is very important that owners enroll in class that will meet their needs and that they are willing to take advice give by an instructor. To ensure compatibility visit a class before you enroll just be sure to leave your dog at home when you visit.
Certified Pet Dog Trainer (2002 to present)
Association Of Pet Dog Trainers (1998-present)
Certification Counsel For Pet Dog Trainers (2002 to present)