Our Method

Pack Dynamic Training


Pack Dynamic Training an All-Natural Methodology utilized in our Board & Train programs.

  • Pack Dynamic Training (PDT):  We are able to expertly harness the incredible all-natural effects and benefits of Allelomimetic Behavior and Social Facilitation which allows us to offer owners an incredible process to help improve dog behavior unlike any other training method anywhere!

What EXACTLY is Allelomimetic Behavior & Social Facilitation? (definitions from Wikipedia)

Allelomimetic Behavior is defined as a range of activities in which the performance of a behavior increases the possibility of that behavior being performed by other animals nearby.  In layman's terms - this is more colorfully referred to as "monkey see, monkey do"...or more poignantly, "doggie see, doggie do!".  

-  Social Facilitation is defined as when the performance of a behavior by an animal increases the probability of other animals also engaging in that behavior or increasing the intensity, frequency and reliability, of the behavior or behavioral patterns. 

We would not go so far as to say that this all-natural process makes us "better" than other trainers or training methods, as that's not our judgment to make. Nor did we somehow "invent" this process. However, we are confident making the guarantee that we have a proprietary, unique and proven successful approach, that harnesses the all-natural power of confidently balanced dogs to "teach" other imbalanced dogs how to exhibit more proper and balanced behaviors. It's taken many years of hard work to get here, but we are now uniquely qualified in our abilities and resources. ALL dogs find our Pack Training to be incredibly enriching and rewarding....just check out our Testimonials to see what other owners have said about their experiences.

Our proprietary process, we call Pack Dynamic Training, cannot be found anywhere else in Rhode Island, this we are sure of. It's likely that there are no other trainers in New England (and maybe beyond) harnessing the incredibly all natural and organic power of Allelomimetic Behavior & Social Facilitation.

MethodologiesAlmost every day we are asked...."What training method do you use?"

It seems to have become fashionable for trainers, both new and established, to label themselves as one "type" of trainer or another - using a Singular Methodology, if you will. Take the well-known Providence area trainer who dropped any natural dog training methods in preference of using eCollars only....or another training company that has adopted the Clicker Training Method only.  In our experience, jumping on the current "band-wagon" and adopting the latest training "flavor of the day" method is totally short-sighted and does a deep injustice to those dogs, and owners, who don't subscribe to that singular method.

There's just no way possible that every dog will benefit from one single method of training. So, rather than limiting ourselves, we prefer to look at the potential for any and all methods to have value but more importantly, we adhere to some basic fundamental rules and principles (as follows):

Our Approach(to ALL Dog Training)

  • Cynopraxis: "Cynopraxic Training proceeds on the assumption that dogs and people possess a shared capacity to establish relations based on fair exchange. Such training promotes cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes conducive to social competence, cooperation and play. Cynopraxic training objectives are governed by two essential social and life experience criteria: (1) enhance the human dog relationship and (2) improve the dog's quality of life." 
    •  Steven R. Lindsay, Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training

Our Training Principle

  • LIMA Principle: LIMA is a principle that states, for any dog, any situation and any desired training outcome, a trainer should always use the Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive intervention possible.  Invasiveness is usually defined as both; physically interfering with the dog’s body and personal space, and as altering his routine and diminishing his opportunities for enjoyment.  Aversiveness is defined as anything the dog would seek to avoid if he could - usually punishment and negative reinforcement.

Position Statement - The Humane Hierarchy

  • The Humane Hierarchy, as it applies to dog trainers, is a position statement promulgated by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) that addresses minimum standards of care. The following are recommended standard procedures and practices to be applied in descending order when making decisions regarding training protocols and behavior modification. For more information regarding The Humane Hierarchy - click here.

The Leader-Follower Bond (Nature vs. Nurture)

"A dog’s ability and readiness to properly meet the demands of domestic life is only half provided by its biological predisposition (Nature) – the other half is realized by the effects of socialization and training (Nurture).  Without the guidance of a calm, assertive and effective Leader, a dog’s social adjustment and ability to respond well to an owner may suffer irreparable damage.

A calm, consistent and assertive owner can assist in guiding a dog’s choices until it is properly socialized and trained to make the correct and “balanced” choices on its own.  In order to accept our Leadership, a dog must adopt a submissive and cooperative attitude at a very early stage of development and remain that way for the rest of its life.

In order to obtain true Leadership status, one must establish social limits (not permitting dogs to jump up, bite hands/mouthing, not pull on leash, etc.), maintain personal space limits, and develop a cooperative relationship based on gentle and positive compliance training and be able to apply corrective measures when necessary.  As a result of these efforts, the dog will naturally become increasingly affectionate and cooperative.

Once basic social boundaries are established, other behavioral objectives are rapidly achieved by presenting or omitting rewards, such as affection, food, play and other activities or resources that the dog may desire to obtain."
 -  Steven R. Lindsay, Handbook of Applied Dog Behavior and Training


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