Meet Your Dog Trainer

Meet Your Dog Trainer

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Hi I'm Victoria. I'm the owner of The Wineglass Ranch and the Canine Communication Center. I've been training dogs all my life. I started with hunting hounds, moved to bird dogs, then to AKC obedience and now herding dogs. I am fluent in traditional and positive training methods and am always learning. I work with owners and all breeds to establish a solid bond of mutual respect .

Our Training Approach

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Our trainers are fluent in positive as well as traditional training methods. This results in a blending of the best of both worlds. Just like kids, dogs cannot be trained with treats alone. They must have structure and boundaries to thrive.  And just like children, we start out with plenty of praise, treats and rewards to solidify our wants. Once those are in place we gradually remove the treats and keep our praise and affection in place. Dogs want to earn their rewards and know what the limits are. To do this we begin to introduce the word "No" and boundaries. 

Advanced Training

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Entry level obedience involves a generous helping of treats and praise. Advance obedience may incorporate many tools. Including the use of toys, tugs, prong collars, E-collars, training flags and any other variety of tools along with extended affection and play time. Obedience training involves a combination of luring, shaping, and operant conditioning. 


  1. Luring - Physically lure the dog into the desired position with a toy/food item. Once your dog assumes the position, they are rewarded with the toy/food reward.
  2. Shaping -  Reward incremental baby-steps towards your goal behavior. Say you want your dog to fetch a throw off the couch. You first teach him to go to the couch, Next to touch the throw. Then to grab the throw in their mouth, and finally to bring the throw to you. 
  3. Operant Conditioning - Operant conditioning happens when your dog offers a wanted behavior (for example sits), followed by a valuable consequence - treat, praise, or a toy. Your dog EARNS the reward. 

Behavior Programs

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Aggression, fear, and phobias are addressed using four primary modes of training:


  1. Classical Conditioning - Teaching your dog a new emotional response to a specific trigger such as dogs on leash, men with beards, people with ball caps, etc. by following the trigger with a feel good warm-and-fuzzy consequence. 
  2. Counter Conditioning - Replacing an unacceptable behavior, with a new polite behavior, in response to a trigger. For example, say your dog rudely jumps on guests. Teach your dog to walk away from the front door, as your guests step inside. Your dog cannot walk away from the front door, and jumps on your guests simultaneously. 
  3. Punishment - Decreases the frequency of a behavior by following the behavior with an undesirable consequence. 
  4. Desensitization - Desensitization involves making your dog LESS sensitive to his particular triggers. The goal of desensitization is to eliminate or reduce your dog's exaggerated, emotion-based reaction to a trigger. Does your dog have a particular trigger?

Puppy Training Programs

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These in-house puppy training programs are built on the same platform as the obedience program for older dogs, but only available for puppies under one year of age. Positive reinforcement often gives adequate rewards for desired behavior, but without also training the puppy that focusing on you is the ONLY way the puppy will get what he wants, the puppy may perform only when they see there is food. So this program focuses on helping puppies and owners alike, understand that unwanted behaviors don't work, and that only polite behaviors earns rewards. Our programs teach leadership and communication skills to humans and impulse control in puppies. 


Through the program, we continually introduce exercises that help owners realize that it's not just about giving treats, it's about moving in ways and at speeds that make the training fun. With speed being the key, if you take too long to decide the next step, or have gaps where you can't decide what to do, the dog's attention may drift away from you.  This program focuses on teaching your puppy that focusing on you and behaving politely are fun. We do this by teaching a handful of core exercises that can be used in may types of situations to keep your puppy out of trouble and to perform more appropriate replacement behaviors instead. 



Testimonials

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I struggled for months, trying to get my dog to listen to me. He would pull on the leash, bolt through doors and invade my personal space. He was getting bigger and I was completely losing control. I mentioned this to a friend and they suggested I contact Victoria at the Canine Communication Center. Within a very short time, Harlow was actually waiting for me to tell him what to do. His attention was focused on me for a change. I was able to take him anywhere on a loose leash and he politely waited for me to go through the door first! I won't wait so long to sign up for a program when I get my next puppy. 

She's an amazing trainer and Harlow loves her!

Sandra Kimmel