Garrett Stevens has been whispering and training dogs of differing breeds and personalities into properly behaved canines for a decade and a half. Garrett's results 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. As a skilled communicator Garrett is able to equip dog owners with the skills they need. He partners daily with his two terrific "example" dogs as they serve to prevent or eliminate problems for the many, many dogs and people they serve.
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 did it all without treats and without harsh handling! He has even successfully trained a blind and deaf bull terrier through the dog's sense of touch and feeling. He has done Schutzhund training with his dogs and has trained protections dogs over the years. Garrett excels in identifying the underlying issues within a dog or pup 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 both new and old training methods. Published in the Pet Connection Magazine, on Wolf and Iron, and on his wordpress blog (thecaninecalmer.wordpress.com) Garrett's writing has received high praise from other trainers, vets, rescues, and dog professionals. His groundbreaking first book, Dog Myths, is truly empowering both owners and dogs towards a better relationship with fewer behavioral issues and his book So Long Separation Anxiety gives great practical advice and guidance to those that struggle with that dreaded dilemma. Take a moment to read the reviews of his books on Amazon and to sample them for free! Caring dog owners travel to Garrett sometimes from three, four, and five hours away!
Over the years he has instructed many dog daycare owners, groomers, dog rescues, shelters, veterinarians, vet techs and even other dog trainers (they often come in secret) in the natural ways of dog language. Unfortunately, he spends a large amount of time re-training dogs and re-teaching owners that have Not received excellent teaching and the results they sought for because they initially hired other dog training companies. Stevens' reputation is pristine. He is well known around the local community (in and around Tacoma and Puyallup) and our clients typically come already having been referred by several people!
People and animals are Garrett's lifelong passion. As a husband and father of four beautiful kids, Garrett has studied and applied proven principles of success in his life, his business, and with his growing family. He loves bringing this same success to his clients. He was instructing people long before he ever taught dogs. He has traveled the world several times and lived in and/or visited India, Thailand, Cambodia, Ecuador, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Canada, Mexico and he's explored much of the USA. He is in love with life and learning.
Whenever he can find a free moment to slip away from training people and translating for the dogs, Garrett works on his own books and videos 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 four beautiful, stubborn, smart, high-energy, and oh-so-excellent children. He loves working side by side with his two, beautiful dogs.
Garrett's training is always fun, fast-paced, educational, motivational and rewarding. He practices a No Dog Left Behind policy! Currently Garrett and the team at Stevens Family Kennels are in talks with an executive TV producer and a director because they want to showcase the Garrett Stevens Method of calm canine communication and dog owner education...we might be getting our own TV show based on the success and uniqueness of our behavioral methods!
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Dogs are a super-social pack species that are always communicating. Are we listening and understanding? Most human-dog problems come from miscommunication and owner's false belief in widely spread dog behavioral myths. When we bridge that communication gap through great, observant training that is timed precisely, and when we finally start communicating through the FOUR PILLARS... 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?
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! They don't know the Four Pillars of dog language (as it applies to the human body) and they only teach tricks. Therefore, they cannot prevent or reverse behavioral issues! We are quite different. We look at nature and adapt our methods very specically to your dog's needs.
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 fairly 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. Most 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). Let's all realize and strive to teach our dogs that the "jobs" they are getting through training should only be part-time and that calmness, energy control, and relaxation are what is so, so needed yet is sadly ignored in the mainstream 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.