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Unlike other trainers, I didn't grow up in a family that bred or showed dogs, lived on a farm, or had multiple dogs. I have always lived in urban areas, and had dogs over the age of six months old of all breeds, and mix of breeds. I have never strayed from working with dogs over the age of six months. I do not claim to know how to "show" dogs, work with agility dogs, or trick train. I have never done class training.
I specialize in working with Urban Family Pet Training, with dogs over the age of six months. I work one on one with my clients to help them bond with, understand, and calmly manage their dog in all situations.
When I was in my mid twenties I travelled the US in a renovated bus (not as romantic as it sounds) and unintentionally picked up abandoned dogs. My partner and I bought acreage in North Carolina (in an area where the locals had more guns than teeth) and unintentionally had a rescue service for homeless dogs. A few years before doing that, I fostered 2 dogs for the Whistler Humane Society. The rules strictly prohibited these two dogs from living inside because "they cannot be trained to live in a home environment". Those dogs learned to live happily in my home, and all the dogs on the acreage learned to live happily in our 600 sq foot home. I learned a lot from these dogs.
Later in Toronto I opened a successful day-care and boarding business which I operated out of my 2 bedrooom home in downtown Toronto (before it was a recognized business in an urban area). I learned a lot about how other people lived with and trained (or not) their family pets. I learned how to work with other peoples' dogs, and how different methods are successful with different dogs.
I ran Ruff 'n Stuff for 6 years before selling it and moving to Dundas, Ontario where I fostered and rehabilitated dogs for the few registered rescue services in operation at that time. I learned about rescue services and how they function.
I took in abandoned dogs. I tried different approaches; discovered why other techniques were not successful; learned the difference between puupies and dogs; and created a new approach to working with dogs.
I continued to challenge myself by taking in abused dogs. I rehabilitated dogs from drug houses and auto wrecking yards. I was awarded by the Humane Society and many rescue services. I received the Home Town Hero award for my successful rescue service which I ran out of my home (no outdoor kennels and very few dogs were crated in my home). I learned, from the dogs, completely different techniques than those commonly recommended.
I began DogLogic Behavioural Rehabilitation, which, at that time, was (as with Ruff 'n Stuff) a new concept. Behavioural training provided on a one-on-one basis was not common, since all the techniques were suitable to puppy class training, as rescuing dogs was "new" as well. Over the years I have worked with hundreds of clients every year. I have honed my techniques and, most importantly, have learned how to explain these techniques to my clients in a way which allows them to understand how and why they are effective.
My ability to work with so many different dogs AND so many different owners is the key factor in differentiating DogLogic from other trainers and behaviourists. Over the years I wrote a book/manual to help me organize the information into a Methodology that can be easily understood by dog owners. UPWARD Dogology is based on psychology BUT ALSO provides simple tools and effective techniques which allow my clients to easily and calmly work with their dog.
I continue to learn by voluntarily helping street dogs from Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Korea, and local reserves. Rescuing dogs is now very popular, and my years of working with street dogs has taught me the skills I use everyday to help my clients with their rescued dogs.
"I am fortunate to have learned what I know from working hands-on in the industry.
What I now teach others in invaluable because of that." Paul Maurice
I had numerous gigs and promotions which diversified my portfolio, increased my public presence and enhanced my intrapersonal skills, (for whatever that is worth). These include:
- guest on radio and local television shows including CBC and numerous morning shows;
-wrangler for the 102 Dalmations Canadian promotion;
-an instructor for the elective behavioural program at the University of Guelph Veterinarian Program;
-wrangler for independent films;
-featured in many newspaper articles, including, most recently,, The Leader Posts' Queen City Magazine for my work with rescued dogs - June 9th, 2017
-guest speaker at the University of Regina in the "Animals in Social Work" program. April , 2018
I was asked by the American Behavioural College to be a mentor; however, I chose not to accept the position, as their students were not required to work with dogs in a hands-on situation by either fostering or rescuing in their homes. Their techniques are grounded in Operant Conditing (Positive Reinforcement) which is limiting with dogs over the age of six months and often ineffective and/or counter-productive with rescued dogs.
MY PHILOSOPHIES AND TECHNIQUES
The advice I provide is not the common advice my clients have already read about or provided by other trainers. My methods are concept based - meaning they allow the dog to think and process. They are not Reactive based, but Pro-Active based. I choose methods your dog will LIKE and want to respond positively to. My methods increase focus and bonding.
I understand many people are at their wits end by the time they contact me. Often their dog is very far advanced in displaying negative behaviour. I do not judge. I provide honest advice which allows, after the techniques have been implemented, my client to make educated decisions in the best interest of their dog and their family.
I base the advice on the concerns of my client and the information they provide. I am not "caught up" in rules (I will not advise you to keep off your couch or bed, or to not play tug-o-war). If I feel specific activities may be harmful to your dog or other family members, or not the best route for the training program, I will mention it; however, ultimately, the decision is that of my client.
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about my methods or philosophies.
For more information on the difference between Operant Conditioning (standard techniques)
and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, please visit www.upwardmethodology.com
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