The Downstay Method

There are a handful of central relationships in every person's life.  Often these key relationships involve partners, children, close relatives, co-workers, and other very important people.  When these relationships are healthy, we feel content, supported, and secure.  When these relationships are sick or struggling, we feel frightened, isolated, and anxious.  For many people, there is an additional central relationship: it's a bond with an animal. From the animal's perspective, your relationship directly impacts her quality of life because she relies on you for everything. 

If you can relate, there is nothing wrong with you. In some ways, our animal companions are what defines our humanity.

Happier people and animals too.

Happier people and animals too.

The method of "dominating" your animal is outdated and tends to cause more problems than it solves. About 10 years ago, a movement began toward reward-based training, thanks to exotic animal trainers like Karen Pryor. Now we know that individualized treatment is the key to long-term success.

Preventing or curbing unwanted behaviors is only one aspect of the Downstay approach. In order for training to have a long-term impact, there must be a clear treatment plan that you understand, not just what to do but also why it works. Furthermore, treatment must support the overall psychological balance and wellness of both animal and owner and strengthen the bond between you and your pet.

That's why Downstay's method works. We listen closely to you in order to heal trauma, strengthen relationships, and further understanding between you and your pet. Using force or bribery, you can't get the kind of long-term results we see every day.

We think that our method is the best training available, but you can be the judge of that!