At My Balanced Dog, we strive to see better relationships between dogs and their owners! We make sure that owners are VERY involved in the training process and we think of ourselves as part of your team, rooting for you and your dog! We understand the frustrations and disappointments, and that is why we sit down with you and get to know YOU and YOUR dog. What training method best suits you, your lifestyle, your dog, your people in your life? How can we serve you and make sure that the investment you put in reaps rewards for the rest of your dog’s life? You are not a number to us; we create a relationship with you and make sure that you have access to us always.
We offer several programs and after-care programs to make sure you are successful! Once your training program is completed, there are programs we offer for FREE to you, so that your after-care is looked after. We do not send you out into the wilderness! We are very dedicated to our clients and our clients are very dedicated to their training programs, and that creates success for everyone. In our programs, we limit the amount of clients we have at a given time, so that we can give the most to them. Our dog clients are NEVER put in a kennel. In our Board ‘n’ Train Program, your dog is being trained all day with real-world activities. Your dog stays in a home, goes for walks and hikes, attends any classes MBD has, goes for Adventure Hikes, etc. Your dog gets well trained and YOU are a part of it!
Jessie has lived in the Kamloops area for about 23 years, has a wonderful man and a talented teenage daughter. She also has three dogs: Hunter, Irish and Maya. All her dogs have different specialties in training, so you will likely meet all of them. Hunter is the biggest and the sweetest mini-bear you ever saw. Jessie uses him for meet and greets, reactive dog training and puppies. Irish is a cattle-dog/rotti and tends to be the dog with more assertiveness. She is used for a lot of work-type training, such as nose-work, touch, hunting, etc. She is also good for young dogs that think they run the place. Irish very quickly can let a young dog know what is inappropriate with just a look! Maya is Jessie’s youngest and most shy dog. She does beautiful obedience and is training for Rally-O right now.
Jessie is continually studying Dog Training. Whether she is attending training conferences or workshops, studying online, consulting with other trainers from around the world or listening to clients, Jessie makes sure her toolbox of techniques is always fresh and usable. Jessie uses a balanced approach to training, which means she uses both negative (taking something away) and positive (adding something) methods. In this day and age, there is a lot of confusion and misunderstood language surrounding dog training (such as: positive, balanced, old school, alpha, etc.). Jessie puts it this way: “I say, Yes and No. I use tools that best suit the client and the dog with what behaviour we are trying to achieve. I do not expect owners to follow only method because, quite simply, it may just not work for that dog or that owner!“ Jessie knows how to use several training tools including slipleads, haltis, muzzles, pet correctors, martingales, prong collars, distraction aids and is currently learning simple obedience with e-collars such as recall. Jessie always starts with teaching foundation and then builds behaviour on that solid foundation.