My name is Georgette Lombardo and I am a certified professional dog trainer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I work with clients throughout the greater Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metro area. My primary focus with clients, both human and canine, is to help them understand each other better and improve the human animal bond.
I completed a rigorous six-month training course through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA). As one of approximately 1200 Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partners (CTP) in the world, I possess unique knowledge and skills in using a clicker during the positive training process.
Quite simply, the clicker is marker-based training that helps your dog understand what you want him or her to do. You could call the clicker an interpreter because the clicker aids in the communication process. Our dogs do not come equipped with a human/dog pocket translator. That's where the clicker helps. It is easy for both humans and dogs to learn what the sound of the click means. The clicker will soon become your dog’s favorite new sound! Dogs and their pet parents each have fun during the training process; the sessions are not very long or time consuming.
All of my business is conducted in the privacy and convenience of your home or office. We all learn best when we are calm and comfortable—and that certainly applies to dogs. It is always preferable to learn new skills or behaviors in a low-distraction environment. During my training sessions, I set up clients to succeed—both the dogs and the pet parents. Each session lasts about one hour and I teach two to three new behaviors. The following session we go over what worked and what didn't during the last lesson. So, the dogs and the pet parents have “homework.” But don't worry—your dogs will actually enjoy the homework! And when you notice the improvements in your dog(s), you will want to do more practice, too.
You don't have to carry a clicker and treats the rest of your life. Once a behavior is in place, the clicker is no longer necessary. A clicker helps introduce new behaviors and tells your dog “that is exactly the behavior I wanted.” Everyone wants to have a well-behaved dog; with clicker training and my help and guidance, that is completely possible.
Clicker training changes your perspective with your dog. Your new focus will simply be this: catch your dog IN THE ACT of doing something good!