I am Christy Paxton. I’ve worked with dogs professionally since 2003 and run my own business, Christy Paxton’s Hand in Paw: Rewards-based Training for You and Your Dog (http://www.cp-hipodogs.com), in Northeast Ohio. I’ve taken a long and winding journey through the world of dogs — when I was a kid, we used choke chains, yanked and yelled at our dogs. I didn’t like it, it didn’t work, but I didn’t know any other way. I do now. This is the better way I’ve been searching for. Make no mistake, I am still on that journey. I am an insane examiner and question everything. The day I stop doing that is the day I retire or keel over.

What I believe in:

1. Kindness. There is no reason to get physical with a dog or force him to do something unless there is a safety issue.

2. Understanding. Research proves aversive/punishment-based training is much less effective than rewards-based training.

3. Communication. Relating properly to both human and dog ensures everyone understands what’s going on, what needs to be done, and how to do it.

I am not a dog trainer. I am a DogLife Skills Instructor and a Kindness Specialist. My goal is to help as many dogs and people as I can learn to treat each other with love and respect. That’s all!

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