Greg Thompson

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First Name: 
Greg
Last Name: 
Thompson
Summary: 

Greg is the founder of Eagle Creek K9 Behavior and Training. After more than 20 years as a small business owner in the manufacturing field, Greg sold his interest in the company and retired from the manufacturing industry. This decision has allowed him more time to pursue his passion—working with dogs. Founded in 2012, Eagle Creek’s mission statement focuses on positive-reinforcement, force-free training based in science to help dogs become great family members and to help owners build a stronger bond with their canine companions.

Bio: 

Dogs have been an important part of Greg’s adult life, starting with his Frisbee-crazy sheltie mix during his twenties. Relying on obedience trainers in the area, Greg found that although the training was mostly positive in nature, something was missing. That feeling grew when he attended obedience training sessions at a local training facility with his first Border collie, nearly 20 years later. While this training was also mostly positive, some behavior issues surfaced and the feeling that “there must be a better way” grew stronger.

The next big step toward force-free training came after the adoption of an 18-month-old rescued Border collie. Tehya was reactive to other dogs. Greg found that training schools often did not have experience working with these types of behavior issues. Through his rescue contacts, Greg was introduced to force-free training methods, including the clicker training (Karen Pryor) and Control Unleashed (Leslie McDevitt) methods, among others. After seeing profound changes in behavior and lower stress levels with Tehya, Greg was convinced; positive reinforcement and force-free training created the best path for them!

His retirement in early 2012 allowed Greg to attend Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) and earn his Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (CTP) certification. Eagle Creek K9 Behavior and Training was founded to bring these positive, science-based methods and philosophy to other dogs and their owners. Greg furthers his education in canine behavior by attending webinars from noted sources including Karen Pryor Academy, The Professional Pet Guild (an association of force-free trainers) and T.E.A.M. Education in Animal Behavior, along with other sources. Additional learning resources include ORCA (The Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies, University of North Texas), SPARCS (The Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science) and MOOCS (Massive Open Online Course) from universities that have included University Of Toronto Scarborough and Harvard.

Greg lives in the southern Minneapolis/St. Paul area with his wife, Sue, and two rescued Border collies, Tehya and Eva. The family has volunteered as a foster home for two regional Border collie rescue groups. Tehya and Eva currently compete in AKC agility and have earned their Master’s Standard, Master’s Jumpers with Weaves, and Canine Good Citizen titles.

Services Offered: 

Eagle Creek K9 Behavior and Training offers one-on-one instruction to dogs and their owners for obedience, manners, life skills, and behavior modification, including work with reactive and fear-based behaviors. Greg practices science-based, force-free, and “Do No Harm” training principles. Eagle Creek serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area, including Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Credit River Township, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Elko-New Market, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, Prior Lake, Richfield, Rosemount, Savage, St. Paul, and Shakopee.

Services Offered Summary: 
Eagle Creek K9 Behavior and Training, LLC offers one-on-one instruction to dogs and their owners for obedience, manners, life skills, and behavior modification including work with reactive and fear-based behaviors. Greg practices science-based, force-free, and “Do No Harm” training principles and serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area.
Contact Information
Phone Number: 
+1 (612) 991-3881
Location: 
1216 Summit Oaks Drive
55337 Burnsville , MN

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