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 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.
Entry-level obedience involves a generous helping of treats and praise. Advanced 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 playtime. Obedience training involves a combination of luring, shaping, and operant conditioning.
Aggression, fear, and phobias are addressed using four primary modes of training:
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 earn 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.
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!
I can't thank you enough for all the guidance and support you've given to Ranger and me. I know it's not rocket science but you've broken it down into manageable pieces and it's not overwhelming. You are what I needed, what we needed and I thank you so much for taking the time and working with us. I have to say I feel like you're a friend. I appreciate that more than you will know. I will fill out the review and Ranger and I will pose for a picture because I do believe you are a miracle worker and a dog whisperer. And you truly have brought a better quality of life to both of us. So from the bottom of our hearts, we say thank you.
Ranger and Wendy
Our puppy class was an open relaxed atmosphere with breaks in training for off-leash play. Victoria’s attitude and kindness toward training the dog’s owners was amazing. She was always open and willing to problem solve any questions we had about what we were working on and her ability to demonstrate with our own dog to ensure we knew what to do was beyond helpful.
Although it was great to be outside in an open space, Hilo had a much harder time demonstrating the skills he had mastered at home. Plus, Dave said the one drawback was that the ranch is The Wineglass Ranch, but we were never offered a glass of wine!
N and D with Hilo