The Company - How do we do it ?

DeTails Pet Dog Training . . .

 . . . is all about enriching the bond between pet dogs and their people. We base all training and counseling on the belief that education and communication are important building blocks of any good relationship. 


Education - At DeTails, both dogs and their people will receive education and instruction. The ultimate goal is for YOU to learn to train your dog and have FUN doing it! The training you receive at DeTails will strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion. Both of you will come away with new skills that will enable you to continue to grow together.


Communication - At DeTails, you will learn how to communicate with your dog to build that special bond. You will also learn how your dog is attempting to communicate with you and the rest of the world. That vital link of communication will provide a firm foundation on which to build a fulfilling life-long relationship.


The Methods - The training method used at DeTails is reward based Positive Reinforcement. At DeTails, we believe that training should be FUN. If it's not fun for you and for your dog, we don't do it!


What is Positive Reinforcement?

Very simple: Reward the desired behavior and ignore the undesired behavior. When a desired behavior is obtained through gentle leading and persuasion, it is highly rewarded. When an undesired behavior is observed, attention is directed toward soliciting the desired behavior instead. It works. Quickly.


Because clicker training has been proven to be quicker and more long-lasting, it is the method of choice at DeTails. We encourage you to research this highly effective training method and join in our enthusiasm for it. If, however, you feel that clickers are not for you, no worries. DeTails will find a good fit for you and your pup.


In addition to training, DeTails also offers adoption counseling. If you are thinking about adopting a dog and wondering what kind of dog would be right for you, DeTails can help. It is important to make a good fit for you and your lifestyle. To do otherwise could be a woeful error for you and a potentially devastating one for the dog! We can even help you find the perfect canine companion.

The Trainer

Mickey Kinzer - Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed

Like many of us, Mickey Kinzer began training dogs as a child. Her methods, though effective, were highly non-professional and what we now recognize as moderately aversive. Fortunately, as she was busy growing up, dog trainers around the world were busy developing kinder and more effective training techniques.


Years later, volunteering at a major Houston area shelter got Mickey on the right track of the now highly regarded technique of Reward based Positive Reinforcement training. After working with the shelter dogs for many months as everything from kennel cleaner to adoption counselor, she assumed responsibility for a program wherein volunteers are trained to evaluate and rate the behavior characteristics of adoptable dogs. These evaluations improved the dogs' chances for adoption by making better matches between the dogs and their potential adopters.


Having demonstrated success in this program, she was invited to participate in the shelter's train-the-trainer program. This intensive study course covered both theory and practice of dog behavior evaluation and training. Upon completion, she began regularly participating in various classes at the shelter such as basic training, Canine Good Citizen, and puppy and adolescent socialization. She has spent hundreds of hours training dogs, owners, and volunteers. 


Mickey continues to volunteer at area shelters, conducting classes for volunteers, and, of course, dogs! 


In addition to these hands-on experiences, as a member of the Pet Professional Guild she regularly participates in seminars and special events regarding pet dog training.


As a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She is honored to have been trained by and worked with many highly regarded Certified Professional Dog Trainers in the Houston metropolitan area. 


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