Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Sianez.
Hi Emily, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started in the animal healthcare field as a veterinary technician. When I adopted my first dog as an adult, he was a Rottweiler mix so I swore up and down that I didn’t want to exacerbate the breed stereotype. I put a lot of time into socializing him as a young puppy and training as he grew up. Unfortunately he was attacked by a couple of dogs in his adolescence and became reactive towards other dogs on leash. At that point, I dove even deeper into training to resolve the reactivity.
Since then, I love to geek out about the science behind canine learning and behavior. As a veterinary technician, I saw so many perfectly healthy dogs relinquished or put to sleep simply for behavior related issues. People were thinking of training way too late! Dog trainers were thought of as last resorts when really, we should be considered when you first get your puppy or adult dog. I tried my best to help people at the clinic with behavior problems but it just wasn’t enough.
I started my dog training business as a side gig for a couple of years as I went through Animal Behavior College for certified education. Since then, I am now a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed) and certified Fear Free Dog Trainer.
I am truly passionate in educating people about the importance of early puppy socialization, preventative dog training and positive reinforcement techniques. My goal is to teach owners how to be proactive rather than reactive. I provide practical, common sense dog training for the modern owner and family dog.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Covid-19 was a huge reason I didn’t venture out on my own sooner. Dog training was definitely not considered “essential” to most people so business was slow. I continued on at the veterinary hospital I was working at until the pandemic slowed and then cut ties with my old life of stability and safety. Starting a business is exciting and terrifying at the same time, but I’m so incredibly grateful that I did it!
We’ve been impressed with Modern Dog Training With Emily, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am truly passionate in educating people about the importance of early puppy socialization and preventative dog training. My goal is to teach owners how to be proactive rather than reactive. Most people know that puppies go through a socialization period but what they don’t know is that the period is cut off at 12-16 weeks! If your puppy doesn’t experience most of what life has to offer (new people, different environments, novel sight/sounds) in a positive manner by then, they will most likely become fearful of all the new experiences they encounter after that point. Early socialization and starting to train your puppy as soon as they arrive home can prevent a myriad of common problem behaviors like fear, aggression, separation anxiety, dog reactivity, chewing, leash pulling, etc.
A lot of people are scared to take their pet out of their house in general because they are not fully vaccinated against Parvo until 16 weeks but by that time, their socialization window has closed! I offer socialization outings for owners and their new puppies to show people how to do so properly. I teach people how to keep puppies safe from Parvo, prevent fearful reactions and set up positive interactions when strangers want to pet their puppy. Just having a dog trainer right by your side as an advocate gives a lot of people the confidence to continue socializing on their own throughout their dog’s puppyhood.
What matters most to you? Why?
Prevention. Prevention. Prevention. My favorite quote is “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Benjamin Franklin) All puppies go through the same predictable phases in life- biting, chewing, jumping, leash pulling, barking, etc. Just by knowing that, a lot of the problem behaviors can be either avoided all together or alleviated quickly! I stress the importance of teaching your dog what you would like them to do instead and managing with baby gates, leashes or kennels when you can’t supervise. If people start to think more proactively like this, we would see less dogs rehomed or relinquished to shelters.
Unfortunately, dog training is an unregulated industry, meaning any Joe Shmoe can just pass out a business card or create a cool website and claim to be a dog trainer. A lot of people who do that have an interest in training but don’t take the time to get proper education. That’s exactly why the old school methods like shock collars, choke collars, correction and coersion are still practiced unfortunately.
I take pride in using the most modern techniques of positive reinforcement that’s based in science instead of the old harsh intimidation methods. I love continuing to learn the most up to date techniques so I can stay educated and relevant.
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