Lead trainer Ben Wilburn has been helping family dogs learn how to behave in a way that makes them even easier to love. Time and time again, people say that Ben was precisely the guide that their families needed to train their dogs how to behave. It’s assumed that dogs trained by Ben would say he helped the humans learn how to communicate “dog speak” much easier.
Ben trained and worked alongside military dogs (yes, military dogs), where their obedience and understanding often mean life and death for our brave soldiers. Since having a medical retirement from the military, Ben has had more than ten years of civilian dog training. The same positive and loving dog-training techniques that work on family dogs like yours are the same techniques employed by the military.
Trainer Leah has been grown up with dogs from Golden Retrievers to Great Danes with some basic training methods learned from family over the years. Leah started learning from Ben and his methods in 2017 when working with 2 large German Shepherds weighing in at 110 lbs each! These new methods of training were so enhancing, the desire to learn more set in. After working part-time with Ben for a little over a year, she stepped away from a 25 year corporate insurance career to pursue this love of helping other families with their dogs obedience and finding balance in their homes, this same peace of mind that Ben brought to her life in 2017.
Over the last few years Leah has worked with Ben managing the operations and administrative side of the house as well as basic & advanced obedience training lessons. Leah has continued training education with Animal Behavior Institute completing Canine Training and Canine Behavior & Enrichment. She continues to carry on the training techniques implored by Ben!
While every breed and individual dog are slightly different, the methodologies used by Ben remain the same. We adjust each training specifically to meet the dog’s needs and solve the family’s challenges. We believes all dogs should be trained using the three foundational training principles regardless of size, temperament, or energy level.
Your dog may try to out stubborn you. Certain breeds are very good at this. Moments like this can be very trying on your patience. Be more persistent than your dog calmly and positively. You will be surprised by the bond this will help you build with your dog.
When people in the home have different standards for your dog, they get confused about what is right. Keep your criteria the same and consistently enforce commands. If our dogs know what to expect from us every time we give a command, they are more likely to comply quicker. Consistency should lead to a positive routine and communication.
We believe that most issues derive from a lack of communication. A large part of training is learning to communicate and enforce expectations positively yet balanced. This training style allows families to build a strong relationship with their dogs while establishing healthy, manageable boundaries.
As a father of four children, Ben truly understands the difficulties working families have trying to balance everything that takes up our time. Whether consumed by work, family, or the kid’s extra-curricular events, it can be difficult to be everything to everyone. Sometimes we forgo or forget about training because we are so busy. If we are too busy to train our dogs, it is important that you still have options available to give our dogs the best training possible. With training comes the ability to include your dogs in more aspects of your lives. It allows for a higher quality of life for your beloved four-legged family members and you.
Ben and the team at Integrity Dog Training look forward to helping families like yours build stronger bonds with your dogs and show you how to provide the best quality of life you can for your k9.