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Buchman Best Behaviors
Pet Training and Behavior Consulting
Work towards workable behaviors with you and your companion without techniques utilizing force or fear.
I do accept aggressive/reactive dogs for private classes.
Each session would run about an hour. We work with the pups and the client to get a behavior plan going. Then we meet every week or two, make sure things are going well, and adjust or advance as appropriate.
Clients can start with smaller session packages and upgrade as we go.
Can't get home in the middle of the day? The pup needs some time outside?
We have a variety of options. We can simply watch and entertain your dogs, train your dogs while we watch them. Walk your dogs or even run your dogs.
Let us care for your pets and you can focus on your job or your vacation.
I utilize a variety of training techniques with a focus on modern operant conditioning emphasizing positive reinforcement and animal choice.
My animal training journey began in 1992 with my loving 8-year-old Doberman mix. I trained her for state and local obedience competitions. I acquired my B.S. degree in Animal Ecology with a minor in Biology at Iowa State University. From there I went into the zoo field where I eventually became a curator.
In 2010 I began teaching group classes for basic dog obedience part-time with the Garden City Recreation Commission and Garden City Veterinary Clinic.
In 2018 I left the zoo field to start Buchman Best Behaviors to help our community understand their furrier family members. Since the switch, I have been happy to help more and more families in SWKS and surrounding states with fear-free/pain-free methods. From basic obedience, puppy training, to reactive animals that need a gentler touch.
"I believe that the best way to create good living conditions for any animal, whether it's a captive animal living in a zoo, a farm animal or a pet, is to base animal welfare programs on the core emotion systems in the brain. My theory is that the environment animals live in should activate their positive emotions as much as possible, and not activate their negative emotions any more than necessary. If we get the animal's emotions right, we will have fewer problem behaviors... All animals and people have the same core emotion systems in the brain."
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
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