Who is Garrett Ridley?

“Garrett has been mentored since 2005 and has been taught and learned to use different dog training philosophies and methods. Over the years of handling and training his personal sport k9 and clients dogs, Garrett realized the benefits of reward based training and compulsion used in a fair manor always lead to a more confident, obedient and balanced dog.

Ridley’s other passions are his American Bulldogs, training and decoying for sport protection and police k9 dogs. Being a breeder, trainer, competitive handler as well as a training and trail decoy has given Garrett the added insight and understanding of reading canine language and behavior. His vast amount of experience and knowledge has allowed him to better translate canine language to his clients.

Garrett is proud to be a guest on the Roni Deutch Radio Show. Listen for Garrett on the Roni Deutch Radio show on iHeart and KFBK AM 1530 Sundays. Follow us on social media for show times and information.

What Kind of Dog Training Do We Offer?

Ridley K-9 Academy offers fair and balanced dog training. Our four phase dog training system is based on classical and operant conditioning to train your dog. As well as teaching you “why” your dog is doing what they are doing and how to read their language properly. Allowing you to implement the dog training knowledge you receive, quickly and effectively with success.

What is Our Dog Training Philosophy?

Our dog training philosophy0 is to build your dogs desire to work for you by using positive reward based dog training methods. We believe it is important to teach our clients to be proactive handlers instead of being reactive. We feel it is better  to be proactive so that we can reward your dog’s positive behaviors. By being proactive you will be able to reduce the corrections (compulsion) required and prevent the manifestation of unwanted behaviors.

We do use negative reinforcement or punishment (compulsion) to correct unwanted behavior when we are sure that your dog knows and understand what we ask of them 100%.

If you are not willing to use compulsion through leash and collars such as prong collars, chock collars or remote e-collars Garrett will not be the right trainer for you. We recommend you find a trainer that uses only positive reinforcement methods. Make sure you find out before you start training.

Why Are We Dog Trainers?

Quite simply, it is Garrett Ridley’s passion to train dogs and people. He trains because he loves helping people learn how to properly communicate, understand and strengthen their bond with their canine companion. The best reward it so see the joy in people and their dogs when they finally communicate clearly with each other. This is the reward that Garrett seeks in every dog training experience and it is what drives him to help.