Dog Training Laurie’s Way
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My name is Laurie Yakish.   I’d like to tell you about myself and how I developed my dog training programs.  I have been basically dog obsessed since I was four years old.  The first dog I can remember was a cocker spaniel puppy named Suzie.  We got her when I was about three or four years old.   Later, when I was about six years old the only thing I wanted for Christmas was a puppy.  I got Pepper, a black cocker spaniel terrier mix.  She was the best Christmas present I ever got.  (I so understand people who want to give their kids a puppy for Christmas.)  When I was seven I taught Pepper to play high jump using lure and reward method that I actually taught myself.  Growing up in Wisconsin I always had a dog by my side.  They were my best friends.

Starting out in the public’s eye.

Living in the heart of dairy farm country 4-H was the next logical step.  (If you are too young to know about 4- H you can Google it.)  I learned to train with the traditional military style of obedience training.  I competed at the county fair for three years with a standard Dachshund named Bach.  Yes, my first obedience dog was a Dachshund. (You can stop laughing now.)  We always did fairly well but neither one of us really enjoyed that type of training but back then there really wasn’t anything else.  Those of you who know Dachshunds know the frustration in shouting commands and popping a training collar (not a method I use any longer) to get your way with one of these guys. You have to have a sense of humor and the patience of a saint.

A painful lesson.

Later, as my kids were growing up I worked at a couple of different pet shops and began teaching obedience classes and puppy socialization classes.  I developed my own curriculum and even designed my own diplomas.  At about that same time I adopted a pit bull named Mad Max who quickly showed me how much I didn’t know about dog behavior and training.  (He’s in the picture at the top of this page from years ago.)  I contacted a local group that had a little more experience than I did.  They taught me about clicker training and positive reinforcement training.  Max and I made tremendous progress but his behavior problems persisted.  His aggression became so serious that I was forced to put him to sleep.

Searching for answers.

Failing Max really broke my heart and hurt my confidence. I didn’t have the courage to go into dog training full time because I knew there was so much I needed to understand to be effective.  Still, I vowed that I was not going to fail another dog.  I continued doing research but kept ending up at the same sticking point.  I couldn’t seem to create the kind of meaningful changes in dogs with severe behavior problems that the owners were looking for. I continued working part time while continuing my studies independently.  My progress was slow.

A case study.

Then came Shiloh.  Shiloh was a two year old deaf male cattle dog and he was a mess.  The couple that I got him from rescued him from certain death with the sole intent of finding him the right home.  They were both in their seventies and normally rescued senior Newfoundlands. Shortly after Shiloh (then called Putt-Putt) came to their home the wife, Emmie Lou had to have hip replacement surgery.  Then her husband Ron had to have open heart surgery.   They didn’t have the time or the energy to deal with an adolescent male cattle dog.  They spent what time they had with him and continued to look for the right home for him.  They had no idea it would take a year and a half.  Meanwhile, Shiloh was slipping into crazy and scary dog behavior. Shiloh was reactive to almost anything that moved, cars, bicycles, motorcycles and garbage trucks.  Mail trucks were his mortal enemies.  He was obsessive over lights and shadows, so much so that he had to spend hours at a time locked in a darkened room.  If he was in the front yard he reacted to the neighbors coming out onto their own front porches.  He attacked anyone who made eye contact with him.  I spent over nine months using only positive techniques with him.  Shiloh spent six months of that on the canine equivalent of Prozac.   Progress was incremental but I wasn’t about to give up.  I owed it to him and my commitment to Max to try everything possible to never fail another dog.  To me though, keeping a healthy young cattle dog locked in a bedroom day in and day out while we made baby step progress felt wrong and unethical.  I was sure I was missing something.  I posted questions and asked for help on dog behavior discussion groups.  I called other trainers and behaviorists.  It was all more of the same.  I lost ten pounds walking him at odd hours and worrying.  Still no answers.

A major breakthrough in correcting unwanted dog behavior.

Finally, Gary Wilkes, the father of clicker training, saw one of my posts and emailed me privately stating, “I can fix your dog.”  From that moment on neither my life nor Shiloh’s were ever the same.  Gary taught me the importance of using a balanced approach to create meaningful changes in a dog’s behavior.  He used both consequences and rewards.  Gary most often uses a harmless rolled up towel he calls a ‘bonker’ as a form of punishment.  I will admit that the first time I ‘bonked’ Shiloh I cried because I had been told by other trainers that horrible things would happen if I punished Shiloh for anything.  You know what?  Nothing horrible happened.  Shiloh got a little ‘flinchy’ for a few days but once he sorted out why he was getting ‘bonked’ he was a different dog and I was a different trainer! Shiloh now goes everywhere with me and works as my service dog on days when my spine is really bothering me.  He gets along with everyone and takes every new experience in stride.

Carving out my own highly successful dog behavior training program.

I now can turn some of the worst behavior cases around in a matter of a few visits.  My first priority is to make the dog safe.  Then I help him to become a relaxed, well-adjusted member of the family.  I don’t take months or a couple of years.  To me this is very important because dogs don’t live for eighty or ninety years.  To me it feels unethical to leave them in a state of high stress and anxiety for any longer than I have to.  I love dogs and I want to move them out of those painful ‘emotional’ states as quickly as possible so that we can start rewarding them for new appropriate and safe behaviors and let them get on with their lives.

My unique approach to dealing with Autism using dogs.

I also have a son on the autism spectrum.  My experience with him and his compassion for animals prompted me to look for a way to use that to help other families facing similar challenges.  Many children on the spectrum have the ability to connect with animals more easily than other people, even family members.  With that in mind I developed a program called Sirius Kids’ Connection.  It was designed to give family members additional tools to help deal with behavior problems.  It was also designed to teach communication and social skills to the children on the spectrum through learning to train the family dog.  It was a family program that included both parents and siblings.  The pilot program was very well received but being a unique approach to helping families dealing with autism it was difficult to get financing.  I still help train service dogs for the North Star Foundation.  Their mission is to provide service dogs for special needs children and children who have suffered a traumatic loss.

Laurie Yakish is recommended by leading local foundations.

I am contracted by the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation to do behavior modification work and train the public access portion for their clients’ seizure alerting and seizure response dogs.  The Harley’s Hope Foundation  contracts me to work with behavior cases and dogs that they are fostering who have behavior problems.  Cynthia Bullock at the Harley’s Hope Foundation has witnessed firsthand the dramatic behavior changes that can occur when a dog realizes that certain behaviors will not be allowed and others will be rewarded. Several local veterinarians in the area, including Woodland Park, Colorado and Fountain, Colorado are familiar with my work and refer their clients to me on a regular basis.  They have actually seen dramatic changes in their clients’ dogs in a short amount of time and feel confident in putting their faith in me to come through for them.  I even have other trainers and groomers who continue to endorse myself and often refer their clients to me. I really love what I do and take it very seriously.  The core of my mission statement is:  First Do No Harm.  Just like your veterinarian, I may do things that your dog doesn’t like at first but I can guarantee you that your dog will be better than when we started.  I can change your dog’s future for the better.

Laurie Yakish’s Dog Training credentials.

I am certified through the Animal Behavior College.  I have certificates through both a Clicker Training Expo  and a John Rogerson Dog Aggression Seminar.  I am an active member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals).  I was also an associate certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the Colorado Dog Trainers Network Most importantly I have been mentored by Gary Wilkes who taught me more about behavior and saving dogs from the euthanasia table in several months than all my years of studying and training ever could have. I can help you with basic obedience training and a broad range of dog behavior problems such as; housebreaking, biting, jumping up, fear and anxiety issues and various aggression issues.  Together you and I will get you and your family the dog you deserve.  If you are interested in my services or would like more information just give me a call at 719-205-7241. Or you can send me an email in Contact Laurie section of this website.   Did you know: 60% of dogs in shelters today are there because of behavior problems?  90% of them could have been fixed if their owners only knew how.  Don’t let behavior problems be a death sentence for your dog.  Please call me before it comes to that. © 2015-2016 DogTrainingLaurie’sWay.com. All Rights Reserved.   Privacy Policy Web Design and Online Marketing Presence managed by Michael W. Rogers  Web Hosting provided by MyConciergeWebHosting.com a division of MWR Enterprises.
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Dog Training Laurie’s Way
TPR Dog Training, Inc. |  2706 Ridgecrest Court |  Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918 | Tel: 719.205.7241 

Thanks for visiting my Dog Training

web site!

My name is Laurie Yakish.   I’d like to tell you about myself and how I developed my dog training programs.  I have been basically dog obsessed since I was four years old.  The first dog I can remember was a cocker spaniel puppy named Suzie.  We got her when I was about three or four years old.   Later, when I was about six years old the only thing I wanted for Christmas was a puppy.  I got Pepper, a black cocker spaniel terrier mix.  She was the best Christmas present I ever got.  (I so understand people who want to give their kids a puppy for Christmas.)  When I was seven I taught Pepper to play high jump using lure and reward method that I actually taught myself.  Growing up in Wisconsin I always had a dog by my side.  They were my best friends.

Starting out in the public’s eye.

Living in the heart of dairy farm country 4-H was the next logical step.  (If you are too young to know about 4-H you can Google it.)  I learned to train with the traditional military style of obedience training.  I competed at the county fair for three years with a standard Dachshund named Bach.  Yes, my first obedience dog was a Dachshund. (You can stop laughing now.)  We always did fairly well but neither one of us really enjoyed that type of training but back then there really wasn’t anything else.  Those of you who know Dachshunds know the frustration in shouting commands and popping a training collar (not a method I use any longer) to get your way with one of these guys. You have to have a sense of humor and the patience of a saint.

A painful lesson.

Later, as my kids were growing up I worked at a couple of different pet shops and began teaching obedience classes and puppy socialization classes.  I developed my own curriculum and even designed my own diplomas.  At about that same time I adopted a pit bull named Mad Max who quickly showed me how much I didn’t know about dog behavior and training.  (He’s in the picture at the top of this page from years ago.)  I contacted a local group that had a little more experience than I did.  They taught me about clicker training and positive reinforcement training.  Max and I made tremendous progress but his behavior problems persisted.  His aggression became so serious that I was forced to put him to sleep.

Searching for answers.

Failing Max really broke my heart and hurt my confidence. I didn’t have the courage to go into dog training full time because I knew there was so much I needed to understand to be effective.  Still, I vowed that I was not going to fail another dog.  I continued doing research but kept ending up at the same sticking point.  I couldn’t seem to create the kind of meaningful changes in dogs with severe behavior problems that the owners were looking for. I continued working part time while continuing my studies independently.  My progress was slow.

A case study.

Then came Shiloh.  Shiloh was a two year old deaf male cattle dog and he was a mess.  The couple that I got him from rescued him from certain death with the sole intent of finding him the right home.  They were both in their seventies and normally rescued senior Newfoundlands. Shortly after Shiloh (then called Putt-Putt) came to their home the wife, Emmie Lou had to have hip replacement surgery.  Then her husband Ron had to have open heart surgery.   They didn’t have the time or the energy to deal with an adolescent male cattle dog.  They spent what time they had with him and continued to look for the right home for him.  They had no idea it would take a year and a half.  Meanwhile, Shiloh was slipping into crazy and scary dog behavior. Shiloh was reactive to almost anything that moved, cars, bicycles, motorcycles and garbage trucks.  Mail trucks were his mortal enemies.  He was obsessive over lights and shadows, so much so that he had to spend hours at a time locked in a darkened room.  If he was in the front yard he reacted to the neighbors coming out onto their own front porches.  He attacked anyone who made eye contact with him.  I spent over nine months using only positive techniques with him.  Shiloh spent six months of that on the canine equivalent of Prozac.   Progress was incremental but I wasn’t about to give up.  I owed it to him and my commitment to Max to try everything possible to never fail another dog.  To me though, keeping a healthy young cattle dog locked in a bedroom day in and day out while we made baby step progress felt wrong and unethical.  I was sure I was missing something.  I posted questions and asked for help on dog behavior discussion groups.  I called other trainers and behaviorists.  It was all more of the same.  I lost ten pounds walking him at odd hours and worrying.  Still no answers.

A major breakthrough in correcting unwanted dog

behavior.

Finally, Gary Wilkes, the father of clicker training, saw one of my posts and emailed me privately stating, “I can fix your dog.”  From that moment on neither my life nor Shiloh’s were ever the same.  Gary taught me the importance of using a balanced approach to create meaningful changes in a dog’s behavior.  He used both consequences and rewards.  Gary most often uses a harmless rolled up towel he calls a ‘bonker’ as a form of punishment.  I will admit that the first time I ‘bonked’ Shiloh I cried because I had been told by other trainers that horrible things would happen if I punished Shiloh for anything.  You know what?  Nothing horrible happened.  Shiloh got a little ‘flinchy’ for a few days but once he sorted out why he was getting ‘bonked’ he was a different dog and I was a different trainer! Shiloh now goes everywhere with me and works as my service dog on days when my spine is really bothering me.  He gets along with everyone and takes every new experience in stride.

Carving out my own highly successful

dog behavior training program.

I now can turn some of the worst behavior cases around in a matter of a few visits.  My first priority is to make the dog safe.  Then I help him to become a relaxed, well-adjusted member of the family.  I don’t take months or a couple of years.  To me this is very important because dogs don’t live for eighty or ninety years.  To me it feels unethical to leave them in a state of high stress and anxiety for any longer than I have to.  I love dogs and I want to move them out of those painful ‘emotional’ states as quickly as possible so that we can start rewarding them for new appropriate and safe behaviors and let them get on with their lives.

My unique approach to dealing with

Autism using dogs.

I also have a son on the autism spectrum.  My experience with him and his compassion for animals prompted me to look for a way to use that to help other families facing similar challenges.  Many children on the spectrum have the ability to connect with animals more easily than other people, even family members.  With that in mind I developed a program called Sirius Kids’ Connection.  It was designed to give family members additional tools to help deal with behavior problems.  It was also designed to teach communication and social skills to the children on the spectrum through learning to train the family dog.  It was a family program that included both parents and siblings.  The pilot program was very well received but being a unique approach to helping families dealing with autism it was difficult to get financing.  I still help train service dogs for the North Star Foundation.  Their mission is to provide service dogs for special needs children and children who have suffered a traumatic loss.

Laurie Yakish is recommended by

leading local foundations.

I am contracted by the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation to do behavior modification work and train the public access portion for their clients’ seizure alerting and seizure response dogs.  The Harley’s Hope Foundation contracts me to work with behavior cases and dogs that they are fostering who have behavior problems.  Cynthia Bullock at the Harley’s Hope Foundation has witnessed firsthand the dramatic behavior changes that can occur when a dog realizes that certain behaviors will not be allowed and others will be rewarded. Several local veterinarians in the area, including Woodland Park, Colorado and Fountain, Colorado are familiar with my work and refer their clients to me on a regular basis.  They have actually seen dramatic changes in their clients’ dogs in a short amount of time and feel confident in putting their faith in me to come through for them.  I even have other trainers and groomers who continue to endorse myself and often refer their clients to me. I really love what I do and take it very seriously.  The core of my mission statement is:  First Do No Harm.  Just like your veterinarian, I may do things that your dog doesn’t like at first but I can guarantee you that your dog will be better than when we started.  I can change your dog’s future for the better.

Laurie Yakish’s Dog Training credentials.

I am certified through the Animal Behavior College.  I have certificates through both a Clicker Training Expo and a John Rogerson Dog Aggression Seminar.  I am an active member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals).  I was also an associate certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the Colorado Dog Trainers Network Most importantly I have been mentored by Gary Wilkes  who taught me more about behavior and saving dogs from the euthanasia table in several months than all my years of studying and training ever could have. I can help you with basic obedience training and a broad range of dog behavior problems such as; housebreaking, biting, jumping up, fear and anxiety issues and various aggression issues.  Together you and I will get you and your family the dog you deserve.  If you are interested in my services or would like more information just give me a call at 719-205-7241. Or you can send me an email in Contact Laurie section of this website.   Did you know: 60% of dogs in shelters today are there because of behavior problems?  90% of them could have been fixed if their owners only knew how.  Don’t let behavior problems be a death sentence for your dog.  Please call me before it comes to that. © 2015-2016 DogTrainingLaurie’sWay.com. All Rights Reserved.   Privacy Policy Web Design and Online Marketing Presence managed by Michael W. Rogers  Web Hosting provided by MyConciergeWebHosting.com a division of MWR Enterprises.
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 Changing the direction of your dog's future.