Choice/Reward Dog and Puppy Training
Robin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CCPDT-KA, educated in the Science of Dog Training and Learning Theory. She believes in teaching positive reinforcement methods that are science-based, and provide clarity and confidence for your dog and you. She is committed to making your dog’s learning time fun and informative.
Robin believes that foundation learning using games, sets your dog up for a brilliant future. She is an experienced and patient teacher, ready to help you work through each lesson. She is a lifelong learner of dog education using science based methods. Robin is continually educating herself by attending regular seminars and workshops to advance her own learning through research and study. It truly is a lifelong journey!
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Robin lives with her three Border Collies: Gem, Slip, and Fergus, as well as a small flock of sheep. She has been dedicatedly training and competing with her dogs for over 40 years in Obedience, Agility, and Rally. Over the years, she has achieved numerous US National Agility titles with her dogs and has participated in Cynosports International Agility competitions. Additionally, she has secured victories at Canadian Regional and National Agility events. Robin also engages in sheepherding with two of her Border Collies. Her passions lie in dog behavior and helping others understand the intricacies of “Dog Thinking.” She takes great pride in serving the stunning Livingston/Oakland counties in Michigan and its incredible surrounding areas.
Apart from her extensive experience with dogs, Robin has over 40 years of riding, training, and competing with her horses. She specializes in Dressage and has trained up to the Grand Prix level with her Lipizzan, Bonadira, achieving numerous National events in the Mid-West and earning several National Breed Awards. She is well-versed in the art of “Haute Ecole” (High School) or “circus tricks.” Robin has conducted numerous seminars, workshops, educational demos, and musical freestyle exhibitions at various large expos in the Mid-West. She has also worked with the Detroit Mounted Police Division and their horses, assisting them in remaining calm in stressful environments. Moreover, she has collaborated with students and horses at Medieval Times in Chicago, refining “Haute Ecole” skills to bring brilliance to their nightly shows.
Robin firmly believes that her extensive experience working with horses has shaped her into the skilled dog trainer she is today. Her approach involves splitting behaviors into small, achievable pieces to create clarity and build confidence in her learners and their handlers.
L.I.M.A. is an acronym that stands for, Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive. It’s an oath or code of conduct that Positive Reinforcement based trainers follow and as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, you agree to this standard of treatment of all animals when you get your certificate.
In mid 2020, five fabulous canine professionals got together, Kathy Sdao, Dr. Chris Pachel, Barrie Finger, Marissa Martino and Lynn Unger. They had virtual discussions to consider how as positive reinforcement trainers and behaviorists they could find their way through the struggles we all had with the COVID pandemic in daily life and with being able to help clients and their dogs. Over time, these heartfelt and life-giving chats germinated into what is now LIMA Beings; The ABC’s of Everything, a six week course with recorded conversations of the five founders discussing how they use antecedents and consequences to shape human behavior, including their own. After the course was over, they discovered they’d become more engaged and curious about the power of this material.
In essence, it’s about how we use positive reinforcement methods on the human end of our lives as well as our dogs. Whether it’s the grocery store clerk or the client that has made a lot of mistakes with a dog that now has behavior issues. It’s lessons on how to be kind in a world full of adversity and finding a path of grace.