Working with animals is a gift, we strive to always remember this, practicing LIMA and Cynopraxis in all of our affairs.
What is LIMA? What does Cynopraxis mean?
Steven R. Lindsay (the founder of these practices and hopefully one day, standards for the dog training industry) defines it:
Cynopraxic trainers should make an effort to conform their training interventions to the LIMA (least intrusive and minimally aversive) principle by employing procedures that represent the least necessary intrusion upon the human-dog bond and cause the dog a minimal amount of discomfort, as necessary to achieve the behavioral objective. Further, training recommendations should do no harm to the human-dog relationship, to the dog, or to the owner in the process of implementing them.
Rather than dictating a one-sided program that cannot be realistically implemented by the family, the cynopraxic counselor should work with the family in a spirit of teamwork to find a common solution. Toward achieving this aim, the counselor should listen to the family’s needs and be creative. Just as it is certainly true of dogs, people are individuals possessing unique strengths and weaknesses that need to be recognized and integrated into the training plan. Good cynopraxic counselors know how to work well with both people and dogs.
This means that the training will benefit the whole family; human and canine. My job is to work for you and your dog(s), building holistic training plans that address your concerns, and goals:
from puppy rearing to severe aggression to personal protection, I will walk side by side with you and your family offering ongoing education and support.