Our Training Methods Are Positive

Science-Based And Ethical

Empowering Lives Through Service Dog Training at Medical Mutts

At Medical Mutts, we are a dedicated service dog training organization driven by our commitment to the well-being of both people and dogs. Our mission is two-fold: to provide a second chance to abandoned dogs and to profoundly enhance the lives of individuals facing difficult challenges. We achieve this by fostering a nurturing and affectionate bond through training methods rooted in positive reinforcement.

Our Approach: Building Trust and Love

Central to our training philosophy is the belief that positive reinforcement is the key to unlocking a strong and trusting relationship between humans and their service dogs. We utilize scientifically-proven methods that emphasize rewards, encouragement, and praise, ensuring a nurturing and effective training environment for both dogs and handlers.

Improving Lives: Dogs and People

We understand the immense impact a well-trained service dog can have on individuals facing challenging circumstances. By harnessing the innate abilities and intelligence of abandoned dogs, we provide them with a purposeful life while simultaneously empowering people with the support they need.

Building a Community: Trust, Care, and Compassion

At Medical Mutts, we pride ourselves on fostering a community rooted in trust, care, and compassion. Our team of experienced trainers and staff are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of both dogs and people. We are here to support you every step of the way, providing personalized guidance and expertise.

Join Medical Mutts: Transform Lives Together

Discover the transformative power of a trusting and loving relationship with a well-trained service dog. Experience the life-changing impact of positive reinforcement-based training at Medical Mutts. Contact us today to embark on a journey of empowerment, companionship, and renewed hope. Together, we can make a difference.

Trainer walking a rescued service dog with a vest on a leash

Choosing the Right Dog Training Methods: What You Need to Know

The Importance of Selecting the Right Dog Trainer

When it comes to dog training, it’s crucial to recognize that not all trainers are created equal. With varying opinions, backgrounds, and principles, the dog training industry lacks a centralized oversight bureau, allowing anyone to claim the title of a dog trainer. This lack of regulation has led to unfortunate situations where dogs have been traumatized or subjected to severe correction techniques in the hands of unqualified trainers.

At Medical Mutts, we believe in a different approach—one that prioritizes the well-being and happiness of your furry companion. We understand that achieving desired results doesn’t require harsh corrections. We have dedicated ourselves to utilizing more effective and compassionate training methods that nurture a positive and trust-based relationship between you and your service dog.

Why Training Methods Matter

The impact of training methods extends beyond just the dog; it directly influences your experience and relationship with your service dog. As you embark on this training journey, you will be involved in applying the techniques yourself. It is essential to gain a comprehensive understanding of how these methods may affect your dog, identify what works best for your unique situation, and assess the potential impact on your bond with your service dog.

Our Approach: Empowering and Gentle Techniques

At Medical Mutts, we prioritize your dog’s well-being and your partnership’s success. Our team of expert trainers employs scientifically-proven, reward-based techniques that focus on positive reinforcement. Through this approach, we inspire and encourage your dog, nurturing their natural abilities and building a solid foundation of trust and cooperation.

Make an Informed Choice for You and Your Service Dog

We understand the significance of making an informed decision when selecting a dog trainer. By choosing Medical Mutts, you can have confidence in our humane and effective training methods. Our commitment to your dog’s emotional and physical welfare, as well as your bond, sets us apart.

Rescued service dog standing on a agility jump with one paw

Positive Training: Fun and Effective Methods for Dogs

While various training styles can produce results, not all methods are created equal in terms of their impact on your furry companion. Many trainers resort to punishment-based techniques in search of quick fixes, even though they often fail to deliver reliable long-term results.

The Pitfalls of Punishment-Based Training

Repeated punishment, even at mild levels, increases stress levels in dogs. This stress hinders their ability to learn effectively and can lead to the development of unwanted behaviors. Numerous studies have consistently shown that punishment-based methods are the least effective and have negative side effects.

Say No to Shock Collars

Shock collars, often used to enforce compliance, cause significant stress in dogs. While they may appear to produce immediate results, the dog’s body language and behavior reveal the underlying abuse to trained eyes. Such training fails to provide lasting, reliable outcomes unless the same methods are continuously applied. Additionally, shock collars impact the dog’s well-being, confidence, motivation, and enthusiasm for work, ultimately affecting your relationship with them.

Positive and Rewarding Training: Safety and Fun for Your Dog

At Medical Mutts, we prioritize the safety and enjoyment of your dog during training. Our methods are rooted in proven scientific principles, ensuring effective results without resorting to force, pain, or fear. Our expert trainers specialize in cultivating confidence, trust, and a strong work ethic in dogs through positive reinforcement techniques.

Clicker Training: Building a Strong Foundation

We utilize clicker training as a powerful tool to teach your dog essential behaviors. This method promotes clear communication, encourages learning, and strengthens the bond between you and your service dog. By understanding dog psychology, setting realistic expectations, and employing positive reinforcement, we empower you to develop a positive and harmonious relationship with your canine companion.

The Power of Food Rewards

Numerous studies have shown that food rewards are highly effective when working with dogs, surpassing petting or praise in motivating desired behaviors. Treats offer convenience, especially in public settings, compared to other reward options like tug ropes or balls. By effectively using treats, we will help you become more captivating to your service dog than the surrounding environment, establishing you as their go-to source for rewarding opportunities.

Experience the Difference: Trust, Communication, and Rewards

Join Medical Mutts to discover a training approach that prioritizes your dog’s well-being and enjoyment. Our expert guidance will empower you to foster a strong and positive relationship based on trust, effective communication, and an understanding of your dog’s needs. Contact us today to embark on a training journey filled with rewards, progress, and mutual fulfillment.

Rescued service dog working with a trainer on obedience skills

Hierarchy of dog needs graphic


Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive Intervention Possible

At Medical Mutts we follow the principle of Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive Intervention Possible (LIMA) developed by Dr. Susan Friedman. LIMA requires trainers and behavior specialists to favor the use of positive reinforcement and minimize the use of punishment. We make sure to communicate to the service dog what we want the dog TO do, instead of punishing for what we don’t want.
When a trainer does not know how to apply positive reinforcement in a situation, he/she is encouraged to learn and seek information and help from those who do know.

Hierarchy of dog needs graphic

“Despite the fact that advances in behavior research have modified our understanding of social hierarchies in wolves, many animal trainers continue to base their training methods on
outdated perceptions of dominance theory.”

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)