My philosophy

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The Rebellion

Hello and thanks for visiting my page.

I am Meghan the owner and operator of Rebel Dogs.


As I have eluded to in previous sections of my site, I was inspired to create Rebel Dogs because of my own little rebels. It started with a squirmy, teeny tiny, naughty, pushing the envelope JRT that flew from Florida the day after I saw her precious pictures posted by the breeder. I had no idea what a wild ride I was going to be in for. Let me back up a step and share with you that I have had all sorts of creatures enter my life and one very special cocker spaniel who put up with me trying to make him my circus dog... Little did I know that I would be getting a circus dog of my own sooner than I could imagine! From day one she was a challenge with boundless energy and enthusiasm and was the class clown in her training classes. I often got the OMG stares, the snarky comments of how wild she was, and the please don't let us have to switch dogs with that one comments. I knew she could do better and the traditional training model was not working for us. I could see her deperately trying to connect with me and communicate  So I went to the Internet and to what I knew of Learning and psychology and I started to change the way I approached communicating with Jaxie but also how we interacted. We built trust. We built respect. We built a team and now we are unstoppable.


It didn't stop there. I played around with techniques and different dogs...(then it was anyone that would let me borrow a dog) and I became invested in showing people how to communicate with their dog not to bark orders but to communicate. Communication is a two way street, so not only did I provide the owner with a tool but allowed the dog to have a voice. That's what separates me from traditional trainers or your local pet store employee.


My methodology is pavlovian in style. I utilize Russian Psychologist, Ivan Pavlov's theory of classical conditioning. Classical Conditioning is a learning process in which an innate response to a potent stimulus comes to be elicited in response to a previously neutral stimulus; this is achieved by repeated pairings of the neutral stimulus with the potent stimulus.


So what does all that mean? Well in the most basic of terms it means that I do not employ force into my training. One of my prerequisites with students is that their dog and themselves enter and leave every class/session with a smile on their face and have fun throughout the class. A happy dog is a dog willing to work and learn more!


I utilize the use of a marker in all my training whether it be the word yes or a click with a clicker. All behaviors are "shaped" and built upon in block like structure.


What I find with most of my clients is that they have a basic understanding of how to get their pet do a behavior but then the foundation falls out from under them. This is where I emphasis the importance of consistent criteria and knowing how, why, and when we provide rewards/jackpots to the dogs. Often times those naughty behaviors are not stubbornness on the pets part but a confusion of criteria or a lack of consistent criteria.


As I have eluded to in previous sections of my site, I was inspired to create Rebel Dogs because of my own little rebels. It started with a squirmy, teeny tiny, naughty, pushing the envelope JRT that flew from Florida the day after I saw her precious pictures posted by the breeder. I had no idea what a wild ride I was going to be in for. Let me back up a step and share with you that I have had all sorts of creatures enter my life and one very special cocker spaniel who put up with me trying to make him my circus dog... Little did I know that I would be getting a circus dog of my own sooner than I could imagine! From day one she was a challenge with boundless energy and enthusiasm and was the class clown in her training classes. I often got the OMG stares, the snarky comments of how wild she was, and the please don't let us have to switch dogs with that one comments. I knew she could do better and the traditional training model was not working for us. I could see her maintenance trying to connect with me and communicate  So I went to the Internet and to what I knew of Learning and psychology and I started to change the way I approached communicating with maintenance but also how we interacted. We built trust. We built respect. We built a team and now we are unstoppable.able..


I pride myself in figuring out the naughty dogs...

I own three of them myself. Each dog is an individual and has their individual needs. Each dog is treated as such with me and we work together to build that bridge of understanding and communication for you the pet parent and your fur kid.

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