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Want to improve the relationship and communication with your pet through positive reinforcement?

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Bryndon Golya, CDBC

IAABC with bryndonWelcome to OC Canine Coaching! I established this venture in 2010, driven by an unwavering passion for dogs that has grown even stronger with time. I consistently immerse myself in education, refining my approach to center on relationship-based training as opposed to more traditional methods. Holding a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) certification from IAABC, I’ve constructed my expertise on empathy, understanding, and evidence-based training methods.

In Orange County, only a few other behavior consultants hold this esteemed CDBC certification. I chose this certificate due to its rigorous nature, allowing my clients to trust the advice and behavioral suggestions I provide. As dog training remains unregulated, and without proper experience or understanding, anyone can claim to be a ‘dog trainer’ or ‘behaviorist.’ This highlights the paramount importance of entrusting your dogs to capable hands.

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My holistic approach thoughtfully considers each dog’s health, medical history, environment, learned behaviors, and emotions when devising a training or treatment plan. This perspective shapes my view of training as a journey that nurtures the bond between human and canine. I’ve evolved beyond outdated traditional methods, embracing relationship-based techniques that prioritize positive reinforcement over punishment.

Above all, I prioritize honesty, kindness, and accountability in my professional relationships. I look forward to being of assistance to you and your furry companions in the near future.

Why training methodology matters...

When I started my career, dog training was rapidly changing and the positive reinforcement movement was on the rise. I was very much into this new philosophy and found it made a huge impact on learning for my students. I won’t kid you though, as a novice trainer, I still wanted to use a mixed bag of tools and tricks that I had learned from others. I’ll admit I used prong collars and even shock collars from time to time because I felt that they worked better for some more challenging dogs. What I wasn’t fully aware of was while punishment like this can work to change behavior, the emotional fallout of these tools and methods is all too common, even in the hands of trainers with impeccable timing like myself. What’s worse is these tactics often cause further behavior issues, don’t offer lasting behavior change, don’t address the actual cause of behavior problems and damage the trust you have built already with your dog. 

Let’s look at it this way.  Anyone can force your dog to do what they want and so can you. You are the dominant figure in your household.  You essentially control everything in your dog’s world and they need your help to understand the rules of your human world. The issues dog owners face are mostly the result of unrealistic expectations, misunderstandings, poor management, limited instruction on what is wanted from dogs, and a lack of attention and rewards for doing so. Add on too many corrective measures because you don’t know what else to do and no wonder there is conflict. There is a lot to consider and I can help you put the pieces together for a more harmonious relationship. 

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I discourage the use of tools and methods that are specifically used for avoidance training like choke, prong, and shock collars

Scaring and intimidating our dogs is not sustainable if we want peace of mind. Our dogs are not wolves, nor are they pack animals like we have thought they were previously. Being the alpha and dominating your dog is an outdated and problematic approach that only leads to confusion and further turmoil for your dog. Fortunately, after years of continuing education, formal certification, and collaboration with numerous and more esteemed dog trainers, and veterinary professionals, I designed my programs to address both the dog and the owner’s needs while keeping things as light-hearted and fun as possible for each to learn at their optimum level. 

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We must meet the basic needs of our pets to expect them to be successful in our world

Of your dogs’ needs, control and the freedom of choice, are in my mind as important as shelter, love, play and food.

Consider our human relationship with the idea of choice and control.

We exert control and choice all day everyday by changing lanes in traffic, eating what we want, sleeping in late, living in a particular city, picking our friends, staying inside or exercising how we like to. As Americans, we have access to more choices than anywhere else in the world. When our choices are limited or made for us against our will, we become frustrated and anxious. See recent pandemic behavior. Under stress, our digestion and sleep may start to change over time and we may start forming unwanted habits and notice our behavior changing for the worse. When we feel out of control we can become quick to react or become aggressive friends and loved ones. We may act depressed if we feel our situation is helpless and our attempts to communicate our distress are ignored or unanswered.

Now imagine you are your dog and don’t know how to communicate your feelings.

The truth is, most problem behaviors stem from unmet needs and lack of control. You and your dog don’t share the same language so communicating these needs can be difficult and seemingly fall on deaf ears for your furry friend.

With my approach you will learn how to:

Communicate and interact better with your dogs (understand body language)

Introduce more choice and control for your dogs (reducing stress)

Manage the environment so your dogs make better decisions (set up to succeed)

Reinforce desirable behaviors more consistently (human training)

Be less reactive to problem behaviors. (patience and understanding)

Enrich your dogs’ life through engaging play and training (mental stimulation)

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What I DO NOT do:

Teach my clients how to intimidate their dogs, which includes the use of aversive tools like prong, choke, or shock collars or other tools that increase fear like shaker cans or spray bottles.

THESE TOOLS AND TACTICS SUPPRESS BEHAVIOR, THEY DO NOT INSTRUCT THE DOG ON WHAT TO DO. THEY OFTEN MAKE AGGRESSION, AND ANXIETY MUCH WORSE IN THE LONG RUN.

You will need:

Several types of yummy food and treats

Toys

Patience

An open mind

The confience to ask questions