Abundant Life Dog Training
Empowering Dogs To Be Their Best

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Abundant Life Dog Training empowers dogs to be their best as companions and as competitive partners.  With my training methods, the dog is always emotionally balanced allowing him to learn and perform.

This question was asked of me on Facebook: 'Are trainers taking this ‘positive only’ training a bit too far when they claim it's abusive to tell their dog NO? Every action has a consequence whether it's positive or negative. How can it be balanced if it's only one-sided?'

I answered with the following:  'Yes, you are correct.  Every action does have a consequence.  No training method can be all positive in that, withholding reinforcement has a negative value.'  However, ... 

When teaching a dog what to do and they choose the incorrect behavior, there are ways of letting them know other than using harsh verbal and/or collar corrections. 

Dogs are only performing what they think will earn reinforcement based on the information we provide them.  Why would they do otherwise?  Why would you want to correct a dog for guessing wrong?  Their behavior provides precious feedback about the information we gave them.  

Dogs are very cooperative by nature.  They choose to respond to our cues.

I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know

Dogs have always a big part of my life.  I never knew competitive dog sports existed until I went to my first training class in the early 1980's.  Because my instructor was a member of a Schutzhund club, I joined it as well as an Obedience club.  Both clubs used compulsion based training.   I was determined to find a better way .   

By learning as much as I could about dogs, discovering and implementing the laws of learning, and studying the science behind training, I developed a program that is very effective, and have been using it with my dogs and my student's dogs for more than 30 years.  Dogs stay emotionally balanced so they can learn new skills and respond correctly to signal and verbal cues.

Abundant Life Dog Training produces emotionally balanced companion dogs as well as top-scoring dogs in numerous competitive venues.

Balanced Dog Training

Too many trainers promote 'Balanced' dog training and use a clicker, e-collar and a prong collar. 

For me, balanced dog training is about keeping the dog emotionally balanced.  When the dog is correct he receives reinforcement, and when he is incorrect, that's on me.  What information did I give to make the dog respond that way?  Some questions I ask myself are:

  • Is there something physically wrong?  This is always my first concern.
  • Was the dog emotionally balanced when I gave the cue?
  • Where was her focus when I gave her the cue?
  • How clear is my cue system?
    • Was my hand signal too quick?
    • Was my verbal cue loud enough?
    • Is it somehow different than what she is used to?
  • Does she really know the behavior?
  • Did she lose her concentration or get confused?
  • Have I been paying her well enough for her to perform the behavior?

And the list goes on and on.

Dogs make the best choice they can with the information we give them.

In addition to receiving the JET Award of Merit for heroism from the Belgian Sheepdog Club Of America, my dogs have earned their CGC, VHM, TDI, ATT titles.   We have competed and earned numerous titles in:

  • Agility - AAC, USDAA, NADAC - MACH
  • Conformation - AKC/CKC Multiple BOB
  • Herding - HIT
  • Obedience - AKC/CKC/UKC Multiple HIT
  • Rally - AKC/CKC Multiple HIT
  • Tracking - CKC/AKC Multiple TDX
  • Trick Dog - TDA
  • Schutzhund - SchH 1

I have presented workshops across the US and Canada in the following:

  • Obstacle Introduction
  • Introduction to Handling
  • Planning The Course
  • Advanced Handling And Strategy
  • Problem Solving and Proofing

  • Training For A TD And TDX
  • Problem Solving and Proofing

  • Developing A Strong Foundation
  • Novice, Open, And Utility
  • Problem Solving And Proofing

  • Turning A Trigger Into A Cue
  • Understanding Drives And Sensitivities
  • Problem Solving And Proofing 
  • Program Planning


During the last 25 years, I have written many dog training workbooks. 


  • Introduction To Obstacles
  • Obedience For Agility
  • Handling Skills
  • Course Strategy

  • The Conversational Canine
  • Training, Proofing and Handling

  • Training For A TDX

  • Performing The Signs
  • Handling Skills

  • Training Skills
  • Proper Interaction With Clients

  • Teaching Foundation Behaviors
  • Reinforcement
  • Developing A Game Plan