The business name, ANIMAL TALK, explains part of what Jim does. His incredible KPA instructor, Julie Shaw, uncovered a gift he did not know he has—he talks to animals. Isn't that awesome?
As the owner of ANIMAL TALK, Jim provides in-home consultations, group lessons, training, and behavior modification. Services include consultations about selecting the right animal for one's lifestyle and needs as well as training puppy manners, loose-leash walking, a solid recall, and advanced manners. Preparation for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog certification is offered as well.
Jim, the owner of a service dog, works with special-needs dogs, including hearing-impaired and mobility-impaired animals. He also works with dogs that need diabetic-alert training. Since his graduation from KPA, Jim has been working with fearful and aggressive dogs as well. Dogs do not enjoy being in conflicting states. Jim and his team endeavor to rehabilitate and free dogs from those conditions. Since working as a team is very important in training and behavior modification, Jim considers the family’s veterinarian a very important team member.
Only force-free techniques are incorporated in the training that Jim offers. Punishment-based training is both cruel and ineffective. Choke chains, prong collars, and shock collars are all unnecessary and unproductive. Since punishment and commands are not used in positive-reinforcement training, the results are more constructive. Owners find that they have happy pets, pets that trust their owners as the source of only-good things. Jim’s goal is for pets to love and enjoy being with their owners based on trust, not to feel compelled to do as owners want simply out of fear.
Animal chaplain services are provided for pets entering life's end. Jim realizes that a pet is not “just an animal.” Someone’s pet has value and significance. Families need permission to grieve, and it is important for them to have help with the grief process.