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Meet the Trainer

Updated: Feb 5

My name is Raven Aydt and I am married with three children, ages 9, 7, and 1. I graduated with a Merit Award from Conifer Canine in 2018. There I gained my certification in canine behavior, kennel management, and basic/advanced obedience. In July 2019, I graduated again from Conifer Canine with a Merit Award earning my Master Trainer certification. Areas of study include: detection, trailing/tracking, bite work, and service dogs. I am American Kennel Club CGC Evaluator, Association of Pet Dog Trainers C.L.A.S.S Evaluator, and Therapy Pet Evaluator. I am Search and Rescue K9 handler and my retired K9, Athena, was nationally certified in human remains detection. I have 2 other active K9s, Medea and JD. Medea is dual purpose in HRD and trailing. JD is in training for HRD. Lastly, I graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in December 2019 with an associates degree in Business Administration.


Why did I decide to train dogs?


It started as a hobby. As a little kid I loved teaching my dogs a new trick and creating my own agility courses. At 23 years old I joined a local Search and Rescue team. I absolutely fell in love with working dogs and seeing the loyalty, dedication, and discipline in the K9s was amazing to me. I wish pet owners would have the same in their dogs. I wanted to mash the working obedience / structure and the pet world together. Everywhere I went I saw dogs walking their owners and I wanted to help. As a novice "trainer," back then, I knew I had a lot to learn. Before offering services I enrolled into a dog trainer program and the rest is history.


What part of training am I passionate about?


Working K9s and Aggressive Dogs


My husband and I got involved in Search and Rescue in 2017 and I discovered a whole new world in dog training. Working dogs and pet dogs are two completely different worlds. I could work a dog all day every day and not get bored. The drive, seriousness, devotion, and capabilities a K9 and handler can do is amazing. One important aspect that K9s have that most pet dogs lack is the quality obedience training. I know what an obedient dog looks like and I want all pet dog owners to have a well-trained family companion that they have always wanted.


Aggression


Aggression is something that I see in almost every client case on some sort of level. Why do owners allow it to continue? Why do they wait years to ask for help? It's frightening honestly. I have seen more aggressive dogs than well rounded, social dogs. Whether your dog is aggressive towards people, dogs, or another animals I am here to help. I take aggression cases very seriously and I am determined to modify the dog's behavior. The first step is to recognize there is a problem. The second step is the family must want to change and not go back to old ways.


What type of training do I use?


Balanced training, focusing on positive reinforcement with a treat based reward system. Not every dog learns the same which means I have to change techniques in order for the dog to be comfortable, engaged, and eager to learn.


What are my favorite training tools?


TREATS and lots of them!! I also use prong collars, E collars (for off leash training), 6 foot leash, long lines, engagement toys, and a treat bag.


What tools do I not recommend?


Retractable leashes, bungee type leashes, choke collars, harnesses, and gentle leaders. If you want reasons why I will provide feedback.


What advice can I give to every dog owner, so they can have the obedient dog they have always wanted?


Stop being a pushover, create boundaries, TRAIN, be the pack leader your dog needs, and stop anthropomorphism.


If you have any questions feel free to ask!

Raven Aydt and K9 Athena
Raven Aydt and K9 Athena

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