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Kaye-Nine Training is now located in Boston, MA

My Background & Philosophy

Good dog training is as much of an art as it is a science. I started training dogs in 1985, after graduating Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut with a degree in Psychology. There was plenty of study about learning theory, operant conditioning and cognitive development. I rescued my first dog in the spring of 1985. She was a 4-month-old, floppy-eared Doberman. I named her Sultana and immediately enrolled her in obedience class with Mason Kaiser of Skipton Kennel. With my passion and enthusiasm for training, I quickly out-grew the class and went on to achieve numerous obedience titles with Sultana. For two years, as Mason’s volunteer assistant, I continued to perfect my skills. Since then I have trained hundreds of dogs and have become particularly adept at hard to train problem behaviors. I am a firm but fair trainer. Rather than training with praise alone like some other trainers, I also include discipline — much like you would a child. It is the fine balance between praise and correction that helps your dog understand rules and makes for a well adjusted pet.

Any dog adopted in Boston will receive free obedience training.

Seven golden rules for training a dog to do or not to do something:

It is up to you to continuously talk to your dogs. Let them know when they are doing something right and when they are doing something wrong. The proper way to communicate is with commands, corrections, and praise — always in that order. Use a training correction for something your dog doesn’t know yet. This is a correction that passively and physically shows your dog the behavior. Use food only for the first few repetitions. Once you know that your dog understands the command, you can escalate to a firmer correction. At the same time, gradually increase your dog's distraction. A common mistake is to train the basic commands at low levels of distraction and then expect your dog to immediately listen at a higher level without a gradual progression.

If you are not teaching the right thing, you are teaching the wrong thing, because you are always teaching something. Most of all problem behaviors are inadvertently taught and reinforced by their handler. Always be aware of what it is you are teaching.

You are the leader. Your dog is the follower — there is no room for equality in your relationship. Dogs are pack animals and no two in the pack are equal. It is important to establish yourself as a leader or the "alpha dog" early. One of the common mistakes made with toy breeds is the "cutesy factor” when a toy breed is treated like a stuffed toy instead of a dog. Toy dogs need direction and discipline as much as big dogs.


Be consistent with your commands and demands.

Right & Wrong
Your dog often does not know the difference between right and wrong behavior, so don't assume that he does.

Make sure your dog always knows and understands why he is being corrected. You cannot train the right behavior by correcting the wrong behavior. You must take the time to train the right behavior with reward and training corrections before you give correction for a bad behavior.

Always reward correct behavior.

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Colonel Homer Xipe (my 5th dog), an abuse survivor, winks his thanks.

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