At Retrieving Independence, all of our training methods are rooted in the philosophy of Positive Reinforcement Training. This means force-free, dog-friendly methods.
We use verbal cues, hand signals, treats, clickers, toys, and even games to teach all of our dogs. We believe that dogs deserve to be taught what we expect of them in a manner that does not break their love, faith and trust in us.
We are proud to be a member of the Pet Professional Guild. “The Pet Professional Guild is a membership organization representing pet industry professionals who are committed to results-based, science-based force-free training and pet care. Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: No Shock, No Pain, No Choke, No Fear, No Physical Force, No Compulsion Based Methods are employed to train or care for a pet.” We strive to uphold this training method in all the phases of training our service dogs. Our trainers believe that these methods are the most effective and humane way to help dogs and people work together to create the best service dogs possible.