Our Philosophy

We are unapologetically force-free. Our methods are based in science and compassion, so you will not find shock collars, prong collars, choke chains, alpha rolls, or any other tools or methodology out of the Dark Ages of dog training at Paws Perrydise. You won't hear anything about dogs needing "direction not affection," or about the constant need to assert your dominance lest your dog take over your household; we don't believe that, and we can't imagine why anyone who does believe that would make their livelihood with dogs.

Because we use scientifically-validated methods to train dogs, you also won't find any mysterious techniques that appear to get instant results and make us look like magicians. Trainer Melissa Henchen has completed her foundations course with the Karen Pryor Clicker Academy and is continuing her education in force-free dog training and behavior, and it is those methods she uses to not only train your dog, but teach you to train your dog. Our focus is results based on understanding, respect, and compassion, and if you don't believe us, just ask our clients.