We started our dog training business in Connecticut in 1999 and within 3 years became the largest training facility in the state, seeing more than 200 dogs per week. We had a weekly show on ESPN Outdoors featuring our Field Dog Trainer, Frank McKane and his prize winning dog, Butte. The founder of the business, Chris Davies, moved back to the Midwest (Fort Dodge, IA), where he grew up as a child. Since Chris lives in such a small town, we do not have a facility here, but rather offer private classes in-home or group classes in the parks.
Davies has formal canine behavior training from Cornell Veterinary School in New York in addition to his hands-on experience with over 6000 dogs. Reward-based training, or Positive Reinforcement, is our primary training technique.
We do also talk about "corrections." Positive Reinforcement makes good behavior more likely to happen. Alternately, corrections are meant to interrupt bad behavior, just long enough to reward the dog for stopping. Nothing more severe than that is necessary -- in fact, it breaks down trust, the very thing we want to build. Dogs that trust their owners will more naturally listen and respect them.