I am Andrea Lambeth-Dugan and I have been around dogs most of my life. My introduction to competitive dog training started in the early 1980's when I joined a Schutzhund in the Albany, NY area, and I was told that if I wanted to compete and earn titles, "traditional" training was the way to go. I was told that I had to be the "pack leader" because my dog was always going to dominate me. Really? Even at the tender age of 6 months?
I trained with Sheila Booth and learned so much from her. She started changing the way I felt about dogs and the way I looked at competitive sports. It was no longer a competition of who could score the highest; it become about enjoying the bond between me and my dog, working as a team, and demonstrating that both on and off the field.
I decided that I had to:
I studied lure training and clicker training. However, I decided that I didn't want my dog to follow the food and then be reinforced with it. When the lure is gone, so is the behavior. I liked clicker training, but I wanted to be in control of when the behavior ends, not the marker.
None of these training methods took into account the dog's emotional state and that is the most important aspect of dog training.
I have developed a training method that is extremely effective. No matter what dog sport you get into, if you use my foundation, you are going to have a dog that performs at a very high level.