Meet the Trainer
Transforming the way people relate to their dogs. It starts with good manners but it’s so much more.
Stacy Paich MBA, CPDT-KA
My journey started several years ago with a desire to be informed and educated on the best scientifically proven methods in training dogs. My research led me to the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Counsel for Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). These organizations are committed to helping dog trainers be better through education of the most modern, evidence-based training and behavior modification methods. I spent over two years volunteering with Retrieving Independence, a service dog organization, teaching prison inmates to educate service dogs and coaching volunteers to provide appropriate socialization. I believe it is critical to continue my education and be informed of the most modern techniques. I regularly attend annual dog training/behavior conferences and courses.
I also have two business degrees and over twenty years of corporate experience. I love working with people as much as I love working with dogs. It is incredibly rewarding every time I witness the accelerated learning that takes place when people start to understand their dogs and how to teach them.
I have loved dogs for as long as I can remember and they have played a major role in my life. My dog Haley was my original inspiration for teaching people how to educate their dogs through evidence-based, force-free methods that emphasize the importance of the bond between a human and their dog. Our dogs Luke, Bella, and Sasha continue to inspire me every day.
We follow an evidence-based, force-free approach to teaching dogs that emphasizes the importance of strengthening and maintaining the human-canine bond. Our mission is to transform how people relate to their dogs. It starts with good manners but it is so much more.
The inspiration for My Polite Pup was my dog, Haley. I know I’m biased but I’m convinced that Haley is one of the sweetest dogs who ever lived. I got her when she was just eight weeks old. Like any eight-week-old puppy she was a handful. I took her to a “professional” trainer who taught me how to punish her to stop unwanted behaviors. To this day that decision is one of my greatest regrets. Over our fourteen years together Haley became my constant companion and most reliable friend. She was there for me through some difficult times and I loved her dearly. However, she suffered physically and emotionally from the training methods I used when she was young. The physical impact became more apparent as she aged. She is my inspiration for making sure other dogs and their humans do not suffer due to a lack of knowledge.
Because of my experience with Haley, when we adopted our dog Luke, I searched for a trainer who could help me address some of his very undesirable behaviors. One of my priorities for the trainer was that he/she teach me an approach that would help Luke form a trusting bond with me. Before we adopted Luke, he was returned to our local animal shelter three times by different families. In my heart, I believed that many of Luke’s undesirable behaviors were a side effect of his insecurities. The last thing I wanted was for someone to show me creative ways to punish him which I believed would make his insecurities worse. I never found a local trainer who met that criteria which inspired me more to start this journey to understand dog behavior.
In my previous occupation, I worked in an industry that relied heavily on scientific research. When I set out to learn about dogs I wanted to know what science had to teach us about them and boy does science have a lot to say.
Unwanted behaviors usually do not get better on their own. Request a consultation to learn how My Polite Pup can help.