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Cody Axthelm is the owner and primary dog trainer for Gungho Dogs LLC. Cody's family has been breeding AKC purebred Labrador Retrievers for over 37 years in Ellensburg Washington. Primarily breeding for good temperament and health has resulted in the best quality of family companions anyone could ask for. Cody officially started Gungho Dog Training in January of 2019. However,
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Cody has been learning and growing as a trainer for multiple years prior to starting this business. Cody has spent time working under other professional trainers, and excited to bring that wisdom and knowledge to you and your dog. Cody teaches dogs with as much positivity as possible, conditions behaviors, and then guides dogs to be obedient just for obedience sake.
Nobody wants a dog that will only listen for a treat. That being said we do use a lot of food motivation to get dogs interactive and enjoying training. Luring and shaping with food is our foundation for teaching. Depending on the dog's age and training history, some receive force free 100% positive reinforcement, while others receive a balance of positive reinforcement with correction and the use of different training tools when necessary. The difference will depend on your dogs age and training history.
Even though we use tools like treats, clicker, leash, long line, place boards, crates, retrieve bumpers, ecollar/prong collar/gentle leader/martingale/harness etc. Our goal at the end of training is to wean the dog off of all of these tools so we then have a dog that is obedient just for obedience sake.
Each dog's demographics, handler history, and the owner's desired training outcome is all going to factor into how we train your dog. Dog's have unique personalities and it is our job as good trainers to know the dog as best as we can before we start training. Stage one of our training program is building mutual trust.
With the amount of different dogs we have trained we can't say that one specific method of training is going to work for all dogs, but the principles of our training do stay the same. We teach with as much positivity as possible, associating verbal cues with behaviors, then we guide and conditions those learned behaviors in multiple different environments with both corrections and positive reward. We then wean the dog off of any conditioning pressure or reward which results in obedience for obedience sake.
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