Bio

Anthony Ohm teaches positive dog and puppy training in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oahu. Anthony has been working as a dog trainer since 2002. Anthony Ohm learned dog training while living in Southern California. He teaches dogs and puppies to learn by working with them on a psychological level. In many situations, the dog or puppy is guided to desirable behavior through game playing. Anthony Ohm does not use forceful techniques to train a puppy or dog. Some critics of dog training have been concerned that training a dog will kill the spirit of the puppy or dog. This critique is true of old style dog training that used forceful methods. New methods of puppy and dog training encourage a dog to learn by doing activities that are enjoyable. Dogs can learn through pleasant experiences even better than through unpleasant experiences. It is the job of the dog trainer to teach pet owners when to apply positive experiences so that the puppy will learn new behaviors. Click the home page for more information.

 

Anthony Ohm was always interested in dog training since he was a child. Unfortunately, the only dog training methods he could find used forceful methods. “There has to be another way?” Anthony thought.  As an adult,  while Anthony lived in California, he discovered a wide variety of dog training methods. The new methods of dog training teach a dog through positive experiences rather than pain and fear. This positive method is known as positive reinforcement dog training.  Barbara Woodhouse is one of the early pioneers of positive reinforcement dog training. Today,  positive reinforcement dog training has taken on many variations. After doing extensive research, Anthony  chose to study under John Rogerson of England. John Rogerson is an international lecturer and author of seven books on dog and puppy training.  John Rogerson teaches dog training seminars throughout the world. And until recently, he taught regularly in California and Texas –  where Anthony studied with John Rogerson. The core philosophy of the John Rogerson method is based on: understanding a dog’s natural behavior, understanding how a dog thinks, what motivates a dog, and learning how to communicate with a dog on their terms.

Dog’s are highly social animals. They are very aware of social status. Part of dog training is applying rules and boundaries. In order for your dog to listen, the dog wants you to be the leader. At the same time, dog training is an activity that is fun for the dog. When the dog trainer arrives, the dog is thankful because the trainer clarifies to humans what the dog needs to be happy and compliant.

Dog training is interesting. When you learn how to train a dog, you are learning how to shape behavior. Some of these strategies may help you influence your children and maybe even on your spouse!

Other methods of dog training:

Clicker training is another method of positive reinforcement dog training that Anthony does not teach. Clicker training entails carrying around a clicker button and pressing it every time the dog does something good. Instead of pressing a button to cue the dog that she has done good behavior, its just as effective to learn how to praise a dog verbally, with physical touch, and/or facial gestures.

Hand signal training should not be the emphasis on teaching a dog new behaviors. Hand signals can be used as part of the training process but they should be dropped in the later stages of dog training.

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Anthony Ohm is a graduate of Brown University where he studied South Asian studies. During college he studied Sanskrit and Tibetan languages; culture and philosophy of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Anthony lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for one year as a foreign exchange student. He has spent time practicing meditation in monastic centers in the United States and Asia. He incorporates Buddhist influences of patience and kindness into his application of pet training. Home page.

Humor is an important aspect of Anthony Ohm’s life. He was strongly influenced by the South Asian humor he experienced while traveling in Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia. He has performed as a comic and views dogs and puppies to be effortless comedians. Anthony Ohm says:  “If you teach your dog through positive experiences, you will encourage your canine friend to retain his natural comedic abilities.” Being entertained by your dog is one of the great joys of having a pet.

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