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WELCOME to Great Scott Dog Training Inc.
I am Christine Scott and I am the proud owner of Great Scott Dog Training Inc. I am a Certified Dog Trainer who graduated from Animal Behavior College with Honors. I am also an Animal Behavior College Mentor. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers®. I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) instructor and evaluator, as well as a member of the Pet Professional Guild.

I currently offer group classes in Suntree, Melbourne and West Melbourne (see Services and Locations). I also offer private instruction with a large variety of behavioral issues in the privacy of your own home.

My methods are positive reinforcement based- meaning that training and behavior modification is based on a reward based system, rather than a punishment based system. (See "What Positive Reinforcement Is And Isn't" under Blogs).

Christine Scott's training methods are primarily based on:
  • Positive Reinforcement Training, believing that most training goals can be accomplished by using either positive reinforcement (food, toys, playtime, etc.) or negative punishment (time outs, loss of toys, etc.)
  • Behavior Modification based on a reward based system, rather than punishment. Problem behaviors are best dealt with by teaching an alternative behavior (re-directing).
  • Leadership exercises as well as owner education in the natural language and universal needs of all dogs.

I believe that:
  • Dogs need fair, consistent leadership.
  • Every dog can be trained.
  • There is no such thing as a "quick-fix" for longstanding behavior issues.
  • Just like people, dogs deserve a second chance.
  • A proper exercise regimen and sufficient mental stimulation can go a long way in helping alleviate behavior problems.
  • Problem behaviors should be dealt with by teaching an alternate behavior. See "Tell me what to do" under Solutions.
  • The study of Animal Behavior, just like any other science, continues to grow and evolve and as a Dog Training Professional it is vital to continue to educate oneself on the latest trends and training methods in order to better serve ones customers.
About Me

I did not start out a dog lover. In the beginning I was more of a frustrated dog owner, who wondered why I had gotten a dog in the first place.

My rescue dog Mutley was a group obedience training disaster and my next rescue dog Rusty introduced himself into the household by peeing on my indoor plants and humping the cat.

So began my long journey from frustrated dog owner to professional dog trainer. As my dogs' behavior improved, my love for them deepened and over the years as I was working with mine and other people's dogs I began to truly appreciate the wonderful enrichment that a well behaved dog can add to a family's life. I learned that even the most unlikely dog candidate can become the most wonderful pet and the model dog of the neighborhood.
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