Nature Knows Best – Why I Became a Dog Trainer

by Camilla Gray-Nelson

I CGN and Y Lab puppydeveloped my nature-based training style based on my early life on the farm.   I observed our cows, horses and dogs organizing and operating within their own world and saw how they chose their leaders and most importantly — how they maintained their peace.

As an adult, I could see how trainers and dog owners used harsh and intimidating techniques that were not consistent with how my familiar animal leaders acted.  I wanted people to stop yelling at their dogs!  To stop instilling fear with the misguided notion that that was the way to “be the boss” and get obedience.

The leaders in the animal word are not loud or mean – they are direct and calm, but establish themselves as Leaders by making and enforcing rules and boundaries. They don’t rely on treats, nor do they need to fight.  They enforce their boundaries with symbolic gestures of power. (Nips, barks, bumps.)   They avoid conflict through these gestures, but get what they want thru status and respect.  A respect that is earned, not through fear, but through follow-through.

Now, in my Dream Dogs program at our Dairydell training school, we give clients the tools and techniques to be the natural Leader their dog is seeking.  A Leader their dog can respect, obey and follow.

About Camilla Gray-Nelson

When I started training dogs professionally, it was women who sought out my help. Responsibility for the family dog typically falls to them, after all. Their homes were in chaos; they were yelling at their dogs – and their kids – and couldn’t control either one. The life skills of personal power that I learned as a child (and assumed everyone else had, too), turned out to be rare among my clients. Since that time, it has been my personal goal to share Nature’s message of quiet power with women (and men) everywhere to help them become more effective not only with their dogs, but in their greater lives as well.

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Samuel December 23, 2015 at 2:00 am

Hi Camilla, great to hear that you found your calling to be a dog trainer. Dogs are wonderful companions and just being around them is a great blessing.

I have always thought that there are some professions in life that require a natural gift to do well. One of them is being a dog trainer. Hope you are enjoying this journey and helping to change both lives at once – The Dog and The Owner!

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