Dog Training - Tacoma, WA
Dog Trainer, Tacoma, WA Dog Aggression
 
 

Meet Garrett

Garrett Stevens has been dog whispering and training dogs of differing breeds and personalities into properly behaved canines for many years. Garrett's results and testimonials speak for him.  He is an expert in canine body language and energy communication.  Garrett knows that to get great results with any animal one must use clear communication, leadership, and the natural drives and instincts of each individual dog.  And, of course, be a skilled communicator able to equip the owners with the skills they need.

Throughout the years Garrett has successfully rehabilitated dogs suffering from severe aggression, fears and other behavioral problems. Garrett has rehabilitated dogs that have killed other dogs back to the point where they are balanced and happy members of multi-dog households! He has even successfully trained a blind and deaf bull terrier through the dog's sense of touch and feeling. Garrett excels in identifying the underlying issues your dog may be suffering from and he can turn those problems into solutions.

Garrett wants to learn from each dog he works with. He is constantly researching the field of canine behavior and new training methods. Published in the Pet Connection Magazine, Garrett's articles have received high praise from other trainers and dog professionals. Garrett's Private Sessions are phenominal; yielding amazing results. He teaches Group Obedience classes for dogs of all ages throughout the South Sound. Garrett also presents Seminars and Workshops on dog whispering methods and dog training techniques.

He has instructed many dog daycare owners, groomers, dog rescues, veterinarians and vet techs and other dog trainers.  He often spends time re-training dogs and owners that have not received the results they desired after hiring other dog training companies. He is a gifted public speaker and his reputation is pristine.  He is well known around the local community.  

People and animals are Garrett's lifelong passion.  Garrett has studied and applied the principles of success in his life, his business, and for his clients.  He was instructing people long before he ever taught dogs.  He has traveled the world several times and lived in or visited India, Thailand, Cambodia, Ecuador, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Canada, Mexico and explored much of the USA.  He is in love with life and learning.

Currently, when he's not training people and translating for the dogs, Garrett is working on videos and his own book to help meet the demand for better training and behavior modification techniques.  He is loving life and being a husband to his gorgeous and brilliant wife and their three beautiful, stubborn, smart, high-energy, and oh-so-excellent children.  

Garrett's training is always fun, fast-paced, educational, motivational and rewarding.  He practices a No Dog Left Behind policy!

For more info on Garrett Stevens see our Testimonials page!

 

Garrett's Philosophy

Dogs are a super-social pack species that are always communicating. Are we listening and understanding? Most human-dog problems come from miscommunication. When we bridge that gap through great, observant training and dog whispering that is timed precisely, and we finally start communicating... magic happens!  

Did you know that most dog training and behavior modification doesn't prevent or fix behavioral issues?  Were you aware that almost every form of training is based in excitement and goes directly against how the mother and father dog would raise their young?  Did you know most dog behaviorists and trainers are simply spitting out what they've been taught in a cookie-cutter manner instead of looking at your individual dog and your individual family?  Were you aware many trainers and behaviorists will just keep upselling you class after class or session after session?  Did you know that there is something much, much better available to you and your dog than the typical bribery with food treats or the typical harsh correction?  Energy control, spacial control, and real communication are critically important to your dog or puppy...yet most training and behavioral companies fail to address these key issues!

All animals live in the moment; they do what they need to do to survive at that exact second in time. Because they live in the moment, they can also learn new behaviors very fast, and leave old “bad” behaviors quickly.  If you have the tools to accelerate or decelerate a dog's energy level you're scratching the surface of good natural dog handling and proper canine communication with your pet.  Your puppy or dog will soon love, trust and respect you as you speak their language back to them. 

Many other trainers don't understand the concept of canine energy and therein lies their greatest weakness or lack of real results.  Most people are under the impression there are only two ways (positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement) of training an animal...I am here to say nothing is farther from the truth!  Instead we should be focusing on developing real relationships with our dogs, relationships based on respect and trust and real communication.  Calmness is key in canine society.  Any fool can use a treat and get a dog into an excitable sit, down, or stay behavior; few can calm them down.  Set your puppy or dog up for real, successful, social, calming, habits and any dog will thrive in any environment!  The worst trainers need to bribe their dogs, the better trainers reward their dogs, but the greatest trainers know that the relationship is all important!

The keys to a good dog are exercise with structure, socialization with leadership, and focus with fun (when we use the dog’s natural drives it becomes fun). Many dogs in the U.S. are unemployed and frustrated…let’s give them a job to do and watch them succeed.  But let's all realize and strive to teach our dogs that the "jobs" they are getting are only part-time and that calmness, energy control, and relaxation are what is so, so needed yet is sadly ignored in the dog training world.

Results for your dog or pup need to flow from you (the owners) first.  Every day I educate, motivate, and fill our human clients with confidence and leadership skills.  Every day we have fun.  Every day we are planting seeds.  Every day we cultivate a deeper and richer understanding of nature, energy, health, communication, persistence, relationships, and living an inspired life.  The owners and the dogs are always empowered to their fullest potential.  Success is something that is very important to our dogs.  It should be equally important to us.  Let's define it, take action toward it, refine it, and start living it every single day with our dogs.  

- Garrett Stevens
 

Email Garrett  or Call  253-653-4890

 
 
Recommended Reading:

       Our blog -  www.thecaninecalmer.wordpress.com
       Also I am currently working on my own book!
  • Drive - Daniel H. Pink
  • Merle's Door - Ted Kerasote
  • Training the Behavior - Gary Patterson
  • On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals - Turid Rugaas
  • The Intelligence of Dogs - Stanley Coren
  • The Art of Raising a Puppy - The Monks of New Skete
  • Cesar's Way - Cesar Millan
  • Der Schutzhund - Helmut Raiser
  • Inside of a Dog - Alexandra Horowitz