Trainer & Methods
Tess Morgan, CTC, CDBC, CCUI, SAPT, FPPE
Certified Trainer & Behaviour Consultant
Tess worked with dogs at the BC SPCA, the Toronto Humane Society and in veterinary clinics before earning her Certificate in Training & Counseling through the world-renowned Academy for Dog Trainers, an intensive two-year program where she graduated with honours. Following her education at The Academy, Tess went on to become a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, which makes her uniquely qualified to work with more significant behavioural challenges such as fear, aggression and reactivity.
Tess also holds specialized certifications in the areas of separation anxiety, control unleashed pattern games and working with families who have young children and dogs.
Tess is passionate about using the most progressive and evidence-based methods to train dogs and prides herself in offering effective, integrated and non-judgmental support to the families she works with. She is committed to continuing education and regularly attends conferences and courses to expand her knowledge.
Treat Yourself Dog Training uses reward-based methods and takes a holistic approach to modifying behaviour. This means we treat you and your dog as individuals rather than using a one-size-fits-all training plan for everyone. This also means we aim to make training fun for you and your dog, focusing on building engagement, communication and a strong human-animal bond.
Depending on the dog and the presenting problem, we use methods such as:
Positive Reinforcement: teaching dogs that behaviours we like are more rewarding than behaviours we don't
Proactive Management: arranging the dog's environment to prevent the practice of problematic behaviours
Desensitization and/or Counterconditioning: changing how the dog feels about a trigger to decrease fear, aggression or reactivity
We do not use the following methods:
Devices that cause pain or discomfort such as choke chains, prong/pinch collars or shock/e-collars
Old-school methods that are not backed by science
Methods designed to scare or intimidate dogs into complying
Resources on the fallout of aversive (painful or scary) methods: