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If you say your dog is stupid, what you’re really telling the world is that you aren’t smart enough to figure out how to train it. If you say your dog is lazy, you’re saying you’re too lazy to figure out how to either speed it up or find real motivation. If you say your dog lacks motivation, you’re saying you’re not motivated to find out what works for the dog. If you say your dog is bored, you’re say you’re boring-- and intend to stay that way. If you say your dog is stubborn, you’re saying you’re too pig headed to change what you’re doing and find what works for that dog.

- Susan Ailsby

Welcome to Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC), where dogs and their people are respected for the unique teams they create.

My name is Diane Garrod and I am owner and head coach (trainer/coach) of cTLC. My specialty is working with reactive dogs. Reactive dogs are those with dog dog, dog human, dog sound and other reactivity or challenges to stimuli. I work with all types of difficult dogs, those with issues such as jumping, pulling ,digging, barking, chasing, wandering and more. I also train and coach competitive sports (i.e. Rally-O, Obedience) and companion dogs.

My style of training is unique in several ways. In working with each individual, I develop customized learning plans for the owner/family/dog team. Results are obtained using positive reinforcement only. Whether transforming a cute puppy into a good canine citizen or transforming a dog dog reactive canine into a reliable companion, I customize your learning plan to not only your style of learning, but also your dog’s needs and help you build a stronger bond and relationship along the way. The challenging behavior is evaluated and I apply positive solutions and a variety of positive training methods, such as clicker training, the Tellington touch method of training, classical conditioning, counter conditioning and desensitization methods and possibly a combination of all depending on the case study. I am one of the few trainers in the United States who uses a parrot to demonstrate the technique of clicker training in her classes.

My mission is to help owners understand their canines and other companion animals so they will keep them out of humane societies and living in peaceful understanding in forever homes. My philosophy is there is always a better way to train animals without the use of pain devices (choker chains, electric collars, prong collars), if one has the knowledge and understanding to do so. Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) transforms challenges into positive solutions, getting results using positive methods only. You and your animal can be assured of entering a force free, fear free zone.

Diane believes in constant continuance of education for dog trainers and especially in learning the tools and techniques of positive training reactive dogs. She believes there is never a need for pain devices and believes creating trust is the key to transforming an animal. Learning how to communicate with your dog is the key to understanding and training.

The changes I’ve seen so far in Leo are more than I expected in the three weeks. Can’t wait for more changes.

- T.B.
Langley, Washington


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