Control Unleashed, Reactive Dogs
“Living well with our beloved dogs is all about learning how they communicate, building a strong relationship and using science-based behavior modification and training techniques. With the right approach to training, you can help your dog learn to want to do what you want them to do. I love helping people build positive, trusted relationships with their dogs.”
When Randi adopted her rescue dog, Ringo, she quickly realized that even with a lifetime of living with dogs, she actually knew very little about them! Though Ringo was not her first dog, he was her first “issue” dog — lovable, but challenging.
Randi was introduced to science-based, positive-reinforcement dog training with Ringo, and rapidly became a “dog training addict,” taking two to three classes a week with Ringo and her rambunctious, exuberant 2-year-old puppy, Stella.
Randi is passionate about helping dogs learn positive and socially acceptable ways to deal with the things that scare or upset them — and helping their humans learn how to better understand and communicate with their beloved dogs.
Randi’s training approach is:
• Understanding, through body language and what situations create the problem behaviors, what situations are creating the challenging behaviors.
• Managing the environment so the dog doesn’t have the ability to practice the behaviors you don’t want.
• Doing training/behavior modification that will change the “association” of the things that trigger the undesired behavior from negative to at least neutral – or positive -- as well as creating new patterns and rules that they understand and can predict. Dogs like things that are predictable.
• Creating consistency and clarity in communications with the dog.
• Training at the speed in which the dog learns. Training often breaks down by increasing our expectations too fast – going from kindergarten in terms of learning straight to graduate school.
A Psychology major in college and a marketing executive for 20+ years, Randi began her career with dogs assisting in classes at Doggy Haven and the Seattle Humane Society. Randi recently served as a judge for the Echo Glen Canine Connections program and has taken a week-long instructor’s course in BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training), a dog-friendly method for rehabilitating and preventing reactivity in dogs.
She attended this year’s International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) educational symposium featuring Dr. Susan Friedman and Bob Bailey, as well as workshops with Chirag Patel (From Bite to Brain: Aggression in Dogs) and Ken Ramirez (Making the Impossible Possible) and Suzanne Clothier (Relationship Centered Training), and will be studying with Dr. Susan Friedman (Applied Behavior Analysis) this fall.
Randi continues to fine-tune her dog training knowledge through workshops, reading, publications and continuing to take classes — and is studying to achieve CPDT certification. She's very excited to have just been accepted into Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers! She also takes agility classes with her pup Stella and Noseworks with Ringo.