Our Methods

Rewards Based Training

Her and Him training utilizes science and rewards based training. We are aware that behavior does not occur in a vacuum and that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to your dog. We use a mixture of both operant and classical conditioning to achieve your goals. Our philosophy is not to use pain, fear, or intimidation; but rather to make training fun for you and your dog and to create a solid foundation for your team work to help your dog become a welcomed member of society.

Psychology

With a background in psychology, Her and Him Training is able to successfully utilize proven science based methods such as operant conditioning and classical conditioning. Operant conditioning involves voluntary behaviors, and is maintained over time by the consequences that follow those behaviors (ex. dog sits and receives a treat so is thus more likely to sit in the future). Classical conditioning is a learning process that occurs when two stimuli are paired repeatedly, a response that is first elicited by the second stimulus is eventually elicited by the first stimulus alone (ex. dogs get excited by leashes because they predict walks).

Behavior Science

At Her and Him we utilize the most current and up to date behavior science, which means we do not ascribe to the outdated idea that dog’s number one motivation in life is world (or household) domination. For a little bit of information on why dominance theory is no longer the prevailing theory, please visit this 2010 Time Magazine article:

Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance

Progressive Reinforcement

We believe that a type of animal training exists that involves no forms of intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands, or domination. We believe in treating our dogs in the way that you would like to be treated. This type of training is called Progressive Reinforcement:

Progressive Reinforcement Training Manifesto