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DePaul k9 Academy was developed by Carol DePaul in Melbourne, Florida. We focus on helping people create a balanced relationship through obedience, leadership, socialization and behavior modification with their dogs. This will help you have a useful member of your household and a loving pet, also give the owner the foundation to achieve other levels of training. Initially, we will evaluate what is going on with you and your dog to help everyone, and to be more functional to create a more relaxed atmosphere at home. From the very moment we bring a dog into our lives, we need to adjust our behaviors, as well as be a good leader for our dogs. Our energy around our dogs speaks volume to either encourage bad behaviors or good ones.
To be successful with your dog and create the bond, he must learn to trust you as his leader, therefore through applied training with the trainer and being consistent with training, even after you have completed your sessions will guarantee you have developed the human- dog relationship. Be open, receptive, patient and willing to learn and you will have the dog you always hoped to have, a well balanced member of your pack!
Hello, my name is Carol DePaul, owner and your personal trainer of DePaul K9 Academy. I have spent many years training therapy horses for disabled children and adults. Over the years of owning dogs, volunteering at shelters and working with rescues, I felt the need to become a professional dog trainer. The rewards I experienced with training the horses were wonderful, but on a smaller scale to help people with their dogs became a passion of mine. When I visited the shelters and saw how many dogs were surrendered for something as simple as jumping up on people, urinating on the floor and barking and many other reasons for the surrender, this broke my heart. I knew there had to be a way to fix this, so I set out on a mission, and that is to help as many people as I could to teach them how to enjoy having their dog in the home. I wanted to be able to encourage people to train their dogs, so the dog that they loved so much and adopted would not be passed from home to home, placed back in a shelter and a risk of being euthanized because of the behaviors that with rehabilitation and training can be corrected.
In order to help others I went through extensive training, learned about dog psychology, studied the body language of a dog and was educated on the dog's mind. I knew I needed to be able to communicate with the dog. I learned how important it is to use your energy and stay calm and assertive by taking the lead. By doing these things I learn to communicate on a whole different level with the dog by setting rules, boundaries and limitation. People ask me, "Should I not be affectionate to my dog?" What I am saying is, rules and boundaries first and then yes, love your dogs!!!! Love them a lot, but remember you must be their leader in order for them to follow and trust you.
I am different than other dog trainers, because I am available 6 days a week by phone text or email from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday to answer all your questions. You can also video you and your dog so I can see how you are using the training techniques then text or email the video.
You can also video you and your dog, then send to me in text or email once you are a client, so I may help you in between our sessions!
Another advantage working with me is when your dog is with me for board and train he/she is treated like a family member in my home in a loving environment. Your dog will interact with my family just as it would with yours.
I am excited to help you get started to have the dog of your dreams!
Member of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals), APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainer, AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Evaluator. Carol continues to further her dog training education by attending educational conferences, workshops and seminars given by various trainers such as, Tyler Muto, President of IACP and K9 Connection, Jeff Gellman of Solid K9 Training, who focuses on balanced training methods and behavior modification and host the "What Would Jeff Do?" radio show. also worked under the instruction of Wayne Booth, K9 University Master, Trainer for over 30 years and Behavior Specialist She has followed many of Cesar Millan, "The Dog Whisperer" workshops and webinars and had the opportunity to be in the company of Martin Deeley, Internationally Renowned Dog Trainer, co-founder of International Association of Canine Professionals and author of Advanced Gun Dog Training, Practical Field Work and Competition, Leo , and Amazing Dog Star: One Young Dog's True Story and Woof Did you Say? Effective Training Through Communication and Understanding by: Stacy Neary and Martin Deeley
Carol applies real life situations that happen in the real world!
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