I haven’t always been the Kansas City Dog Whisperer, I am a dog trainer at heart. Over the years I have come to believe that anyone that has a dog or wants to have a dog should learn to do their own training.
I have been helping the people of Kansas City solve their dog problems for over 30 years. I want to promote a relationship between you and your dog based on cooperation and trust, rather than force and submission. When Cesar Milan came out with his show my friends and clients began calling me the “Kansas City Dog Whisperer.” I am a training coach. I do not train your dog for you. I will help you learn to do your own training and coach you through the process.
I am “The original Kansas City Dog Whisperer.” I have had my own Kansas City dog training business since long before there was such a thing as a dog whisperer.
Kansas City Dog Whisperer Mission
I bring you the most current dog training systems of inducement and give you a modern view of raising and training your dog. There’s a lot of bad information out there and ‘Old School,’ ‘Crank and Yank,’ methods are considered inhumane now.
As the Kansas City Dog Whisperer, I want to promote the evolution of the modern, humane dog training methods that have been developed over the last 30 plus years during my own experience and personal evolution as a trainer and instructor.
Researching dog training methods and techniques has always been my first passion. Not always for a full time living but for my own knowledge and a better relationship with my dogs.
Kansas City Dog Whisperer History
In 1979, I bought a 1/2 Alaskan Tundra wolf and 1/2 German Shepherd dog from a man named Frank Catania. He was a former US Army Chief K9 instructor during the Viet Nam war. It didn’t take me long to realize that I had no idea how to handle or train this animal.
At that time Mr. Catania was in the process of getting his K9 Instructors school certified by the state of Kansas. His curriculum and requirements were modeled after the K9 instructors school he ran in the Army and lasted 4 months. I was able to use my GI benefits to enroll and my saga as a dog trainer began. Imagine marching through a winter blizzard in two feet of snow with five-man dog teams at midnight and you get the picture. I don’t think they make guys like that anymore.
I worked for Mr. Catania until 1986. Then I went out on my own and found that there was still a lot to learn as dog training was evolving rapidly. I joined several dog training clubs and was involved with Schutzund, the German national dog sport and was a founding member of the fledgling American Ring federation. Ring sport is the French national dog sport. I was also a founding member of the American Rottweiler Verein. A breed club for Rottweilers of recent German pedigree.
I was also a trainer for a security company called Inland K9 security that deployed man/dog teams in the entertainment district of Westport in Kansas City Missouri during the mid 1980’s and at various construction projects and events.
Over the ensuing years, I went to many training seminars featuring world renown trainers and sport dog coaches as well as police and FBI K9 seminars.
Before I became the Dog Whisperer, I also owned, trained and bred a now nearly extinct breed Mr. Catania founded called ‘The American Tundra shepherd dog’. It was a pure bred 1/4 Tundra wolf, 3/4 German Shepherd dog. Using the wolf hybrid stock that he was left with after a defunct government grant to breed a ‘super dog’, he and I began to breed an experimental working dog we called the Tundra Shepherd. The name eventually evolved in to the ATS dog.
So, I know a little about wolf and dog behavior and what a strict working dog philosophy really means. I studied and read many books about these subjects and canine behavior in general.
When I was with Mr. Catania I cared for and cleaned up for as many as a hundred dogs a day. Full-blooded wolves too. I also did kennel building and maintenance. Many of the dogs at his kennel were guard dogs, as Mr. Catania also ran a guard dog rental company. So, I have a lot of experience with extremely aggressive and dominant dogs. It would be impossible to get that kind of experience these days.
Much has changed in the world of dog training. I have witnessed these changes in other trainers I have followed and studied. And all for the better I would add. As the Kansas City Dog Whisperer, the focus of my practice is Inducement, Engagement and most importantly, Pack Structure for puppies and adult dogs, as well as Imprinting (puppy training).
When I refer to inducement, I mean the opposite of old school “crank and yank” dog training methods of compulsion and aversion techniques. I don’t use them as they have a strong tendency toward cruelty. I prefer to be induced to do something rather than be compelled. Don’t you? So do our dogs. Most dogs are soft, compliant and easy to train, but there are ‘hard’ cases that require a firmer hand. Knowing how to make these assessments/distinctions and knowing how to deal with them is important. As the Kansas City Dog Whisperer, I have the advantage of extensive experience. So I can rely on my evaluations. I ask a lot of questions, so I can determine the causes of behavior problems. I believe every dog must be evaluated on an individual basis.
Dogs learn through repetition, so “cookie bribery” is fine for learning the commands, especially for puppies. Eventually your dog will have to know that you are serious. How do you handle that situation? I will show you.
I use and recommend the latest and most up-to-date dog training dvd’s on the market to instruct my clients. As one of my dog training guru’s, Ed Frawley of Leerburg Kennels, told me 30 years ago, “If a picture is worth a thousand words than a video is worth many thousands of pictures.”
It’s impossible to learn everything the first time you watch a professional dog training video. You must be able to review it as often as necessary until you get the finer details, unless you have a photographic memory! I still have to learn new information that way and it’s the best way. If you run into a problem when studying the videos, I am always ready to help you through it.
There are many dog training videos on the market. As the Kansas City Dog Whisperer, I can help you cut through all the inadequate and inferior information out there.
Please visit my Facebook Places page to see dogs I have worked with recently. I also share training updates and the latest health information for dogs at www.facebook.com/puppyguru/.
I am always available to answer your questions by phone and I will always return your call.
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EARL NEWLAND- The Original Kansas City Dog Whisperer 913 490 8512, earl [at] kansascitydogwhisperer [dot] com/.
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