Shauna Fackler has been around animals her whole life. She was raised on a working cattle ranch and farm in North Idaho. She has raised and worked with horses, cats, dogs, goats, cattle, rats and birds. Through this experience, she gained a healthy respect and love for animals. Her mission is to promote positive relationships through positive training methods and she had continued to do this for 30 plus years.
Part of her mission to help those relationships between dogs and their family is through education and volunteer work. Babies R Us selected Shauna to teach new and expecting parents how to help their dogs meet and accept new babies. She also has helped a local pet relief program with basic training for low income and homeless people and their pets. Shauna’s efforts to help are also seen with her work for K9 Paw Print Rescue, helping foster parents work with their foster dogs. She also is available to the new pet parents to answer questions about their newly adopted family member. Shauna is also registered as a Be a Tree presenter. The Be a Tree program is a dog bite prevention seminar program for school-age children.
Shauna specializes in timid and fearful dogs. It takes time, patience and understanding for a timid dog to learn how to trust. Without that trust, timid and fearful dogs are often mislabeled as aggressive. Positive reinforcement and rewards can help a fearful dog redirect their attention and become less reactive. Positive, reward-based training does not mean that your dog will always need treats or toys to perform. Teaching reliable behavior and setting boundaries is the final goal. Dogs feel more secure with clear boundaries because they know what is expected of them. Positive reinforcement uses the dog’s natural desire to please.
Understanding each other is important in any relationship. Training helps us ask our dogs to learn what we want them to do without forcing them to do it. Dogs and humans are born speaking different languages. It’s our task to help you to better understand each other. Dogs have a well-developed way of speaking with facial expressions and body language. If we expect the dog to listen to us, we should learn to listen to what the dog is telling us.
Dogs already know how to do everything we want them to do. We all see this when we a see a dog just sits, lays down, stays in one place while watching the world go by or comes to you for attention. We just need to learn how to ask for those things when we want them. Dogs are continually learning with every behavior, so why not use training to be proactive in what your dog learns?