Philosophy and Training Method

My training and behavioral guidance methods are based on science based positive-reinforcement techniques, providing you and your dog choices rather than limitations. Rewarding your dog for a desired behavior will not only increase the likelihood for that same behavior to occur again, but will also strengthen the trust and confidence in your dog instills in you. Positive-reinforcement utilizes the problem solving region of the brain in a non-confrontational way, which is incompatible with negative feelings and behaviors, helping your dog achieve self-control, tolerance, and predictably when faced with everyday obstacles of the human world.

 
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No matter what stage you and your furry companion are at with your comfort and learning level, I recognize that each situation is different and I invite you to let Tails of Dog guide you as you continue your journey. I never discriminate based on breed or age of your dog. I look forward to working with you!


Education and Credentials

Early beginnings: My love for horses and years spent around them opened my eyes to the sensitivities of animals. After volunteering at my local animal shelter and veterinary clinic, I started to explore the world of dog training and behavior. I became captivated with the work of many positive dog trainers, and witnessed how gratifying it can be to figure out ways to teach your dog how to navigate our human world through rewards, play, and encouragement. Throughout high school and within my psychology major at Bates College, I took several animal learning electives and read the most up to date studies on animal cognition. My college thesis was a literature review on the effects of dog therapy in various areas, and I went through extensive research on the history of the domestication and brain development of the dog.

Current work: After graduating with distinction from the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior, I have helped owners and their dogs with training and behavioral issues, while at the same time continuing to spread awareness and educate on the benefits of positive training. Bringing my passion for animal learning, training, and behavior, mixed with my background in acting and psychology, I hope to continue to forge the bond between humans and their companions.

I look forward to meeting you!

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Maya Friedberg is a graduate of the prestigious Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior and has been granted official status as a VSA-Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT). The Victoria Stilwell Academy is the world’s premier institution for professional dog trainer education founded by renowned dog behavior expert Victoria Stilwell, and graduates of VSA have been individually taught in-person by Stilwell and other VSA faculty. All VSA graduates have been rigorously assessed at the highest level for both skills and knowledge in the areas of dog training, behavior modification, canine ethology and creative problem-solving. Additionally, great emphasis is placed within VSA’s industry-leading curriculum upon effective and empathetic human communication skills. This unique focus results in professional dog trainers who are prepared not just to train dogs successfully using powerful force-free, positive reinforcement-based tools and techniques, but also to help dog owner clients to learn how to truly transform canine behavior and set their dogs up for success using the latest in modern behavioral science methods. Learn more about the Victoria Stilwell Academy here.

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Wherever the bond between humans and dog is found, whether in companionship, police work, cancer research, showing, scent detection, guiding the blind, and many others, every dog and human pair has a tale, a journey, they have started and continue to forge each day. Every bond is unique and all have a story worth sharing. As we work together with these incredible animals we can learn more about not only what they need and what they can provide for us in return, but also how we can better communicate with them so that we may progress as a team in future endeavors.
— Maya
Working with animals is an incredibly rewarding experience. Their cognitive abilities has opened my eyes to a whole new dimension of seeing and experiencing the world around us. I have worked with many rescue dogs who have had an unfortunate start in life, yet each day I was amazed at how much joy and love they still have when any ounce of kindness and respect was shown to them.
— Maya
Immersing myself and exploring the animal-human bond has allowed me to recognize the similarities we share with other beings on our planet. This recognition, paired with findings from animal behavior research, illuminates how much we need animals in our lives.
— Maya