doggie dude ranch & training center

BOARDING | TRAINING | DAYCARE

doggie dude ranch & training center

BOARDING | TRAINING | DAYCARE

Nature Knows Best – Why I Became a Dog Trainer

Camilla with Dog
"As an adult, I could see how trainers and dog owners used harsh and intimidating techniques that were not consistent with how my familiar animal leaders acted. I wanted people to stop yelling at their dogs!"

I developed my nature-based training style based on my early life on the farm.   I observed our cows, horses and dogs organizing and operating within their own world and saw how they chose their leaders and most importantly — how they maintained their peace.

As an adult, I could see how trainers and dog owners used harsh and intimidating techniques that were not consistent with how my familiar animal leaders acted.  I wanted people to stop yelling at their dogs!  To stop instilling fear with the misguided notion that that was the way to “be the boss” and get obedience.

The leaders in the animal word are not loud or mean – they are direct and calm, but establish themselves as Leaders by making and enforcing rules and boundaries. They don’t rely on treats, nor do they need to fight.  They enforce their boundaries with symbolic gestures of power. (Nips, barks, bumps.)   They avoid conflict through these gestures, but get what they want thru status and respect.  A respect that is earned, not through fear, but through follow-through.

Now, in my Dream Dogs program at our Dairydell training school, we give clients the tools and techniques to be the natural Leader their dog is seeking.  A Leader their dog can respect, obey and follow.

Camilla Gray-Nelson

Camilla Gray-Nelson

Camilla has over 50 years experience with animals (she grew up on the farm!). She has trained, bred and shown dogs since 1989 and brings this broad background and knowledge of dog behavior to her clients and her business. Her life-long understanding of the animal mind helped her develop what has become her signature style of natural dog training and voice control, now simply referred to as the “Dairydell Method”. Camilla and her Dairydell Method have been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, as well as on San Francisco TV’s Evening Magazine and View From the Bay. Camilla loves teaching – whether it’s dogs, their owners, or the horses you see her riding in Dairydell’s beautiful arena. When she’s not training, teaching or riding, Camilla is writing about her favorite subject: dogs and their people! Camilla holds professional memberships in both the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).
Camilla Gray Nelson

Camilla Gray Nelson

Camilla has over 50 years experience with animals (she grew up on the farm!). She has trained, bred and shown dogs since 1989 and brings this broad background and knowledge of dog behavior to her clients and her business. Her life-long understanding of the animal mind helped her develop what has become her signature style of natural dog training and voice control, now simply referred to as the “Dairydell Method”.

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