ABOUT US

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ABOUT US

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k9hs Teachers Our School

Certified Professional Canine Trainers

Force-Free Dog Training. LIMA Compliant. Effective, Educated, Ethical.

Welcome to dog and puppy training by Canine High School. We are a team of dog trainers that has been working with dogs at a professional level for over a decade in Long Beach. Our team is a family, we are a local, small business, minority owned and with a strong commitment to pay fair living wages to our team. We have created a positive work environment for our team that in turn reflects unto the puppies and dogs under our care.

 

We feel a strong sense of responsibility to our community; our combined education and experience are very strong assets that we are passionate about sharing. Each member of our team has individually volunteered locally (some for over a decade) with local dog rescue groups and shelters like the spcaLA in Long Beach. We have each donated our services to these organizations and have changed and saved many dogs’ lives.

We specialize in practical real-world solutions for all levels of training. We are passionate about educating our community on the humane treatment of animals while using force-free dog training techniques. We are LIMA compliant and apply the Humane Hierarchy to every case that we take on. Our goal is to make the jargon and science easily accessible and easy to understand, and to teach you the most effective, educated, and ethical options available. We want everyone in our community to be able to practice and maintain what we teach easily. 

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering no-contact services while observing social distancing. Canine High School is committed to the safety and health of our students, their families and our community. Zoom options are also available. And our Online School self-study materials are FREE to our existing clients, to our veterans and to those who rescued a shelter dog. This is our way to pay it forward and to say ‘thank you’ to our very supportive clients. Thank you. And woof!

 

k9hs Teachers Our Mission

Certified Professional Canine Trainers

Force-Free Dog Training. LIMA Compliant. Effective, Educated, Ethical.

Canine High School was built for the Long Beach community to offer the best local Training Day School for puppies and dogs in our city. With school programs that include the family unit, human participation is key to develop strong bonds with your puppy. Every one of our school programs is based on behavioral learning concepts, which is how humans and dogs learn. And we use those learning methods to achieve results in a benevolent, reward-based system that is force-free. Your dog will not suffer leash jerks, yelling, or any other type of outdated and unnecessary punishment while under our care. We believe in science-based learning and we don't want to keep it a secret - we want to teach your dog as much as we want to teach you.

 

Our programs were designed in a progressive format that takes a puppy from Elementary School all the way to High School, and includes options for all types of dogs like Athletics and Vocational education. Each school program is paired with AKC Certification and Title exam preparation within each school curriculum, including the popular AKC CGC Certification. We want you to walk away with a tangible and attainable achievement that will open doors for you and your dog in the future. Everything you learn in our programs with your puppy will bond you further and will set your puppy up for success as an adult. We know your mission is to have that well-adjusted, polite, confident dog that you can bring to dinner on 2nd Street, shopping at the mall, for a beach day or a walk through Downtown. And your mission is our mission!

 

k9hs Teachers Our Philosophy

Certified Professional Canine Trainers

Force-Free Dog Training. LIMA Compliant. Effective, Educated, Ethical.

Canine High School believes in dealing with the cause and not the symptom when we train dogs. Sure, you can find someone to electrocute your dog into submission and/or develop a fear of a specific action, but this is just a temporary fix that often comes with serious emotional and behavioral side effects. Suppressing the symptom with violence creates a bubble effect that at some point will burst. And ultimately, punitive punishment has the potential to destroy your bond with your dog - your dog should love you rather than fear you. This mentality promotes well-adjusted, obedient and polite pups without the side effects from fear or physical punishment. Canine High School does not subscribe to pack theory or theories of dominance and fear for dog training. The information that sustains pack theory is outdated and comes from studies performed on captive wolves. Our Teacher Trainers are friends and mentors, not alphas trying to establish dominance over your dog. We are buddies they can trust and respect!

Unfortunately, the force-free dog training philosophy is not readily accessible to everyone and information about dog training online is often contradictory, confusing, and misleading. There is a great need to create awareness and offer clear education about a better way of training our dogs. If we can accomplish the same results while protecting the dogs in our community from unnecessary suffering, then it seems like a win-win for the humans and our dogs too. Canine High School proudly subscribes to LIMA procedures when engaging any dog training case and we use the Humane Hierarchy to approach all cases from Basic to Advanced. 

What Is LIMA? “LIMA” is an acronym for the phrase “least intrusive, minimally aversive.” LIMA describes a trainer or behavior consultant who uses the least intrusive, minimally aversive strategy out of a set of humane and effective tactics likely to succeed in achieving a training or behavior change objective. LIMA adherence also requires consultants to be adequately educated and skilled in order to ensure that the least intrusive and aversive procedure is used. LIMA does not justify the use of punishment in lieu of other effective interventions and strategies. In the vast majority of cases, desired behavior change can be affected by focusing on the animal's environment, physical wellbeing, and operant and classical interventions such as differential reinforcement of an alternative behavior, desensitization, and counterconditioning.

 
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k9hs Teacher Carlos

Certified Professional Canine Trainers

Force-Free Dog Training. LIMA Compliant. Effective, Educated, Ethical.

My love for dogs turned into a necessity and then a passion after rescuing Trina, a scared, misunderstood and distrustful red nose pitbull terrier with serious behavioral issues. Trina was abused and abandoned, left traumatized, fearful and defensive. During the 12 years that we spent together Trina blossomed and worked as my assistant day in and out, she taught me about patience, respect and mindfulness. And because of her I am able to help dogs in bad situations and educate their humans.

Trina and I had a very special and close bond, and I am grateful to her for helping me grow as a person to be better and more mindful to both canines and humans. She passed away peacefully at our home at the age of 14, while I sang her favorite song. She left a legacy behind that I hope will change many lives for the better.  

My new assistants are Go-Go and Kiba. Go-go is a 3.5lbs Chihuahua that I found living under a car in North Long Beach. When I found Go-Go, I intended to bathe her, train her, and get her adopted, but she never left! She now works with me at Puppy School and helps me to teach puppies the basic commands and boundaries as the well socialized girl she is. Kiba is my youngest Puppy, a 60lbs Bull Terrier Mix that we adopted in 2020. He is sweet and athletic and he recently graduated from our k9HS Puppy School and k9HS Dog School and is now in our k9HS Socialization School pursuing more AKC Certifications.

A life-long animal lover, I have been around dogs, cats, and exotic pets since my childhood. I genuinely love animals and wanted to learn everything I could about them… My mom was extraordinarily patient when I brought parrots, rats, tarantulas, snakes and a bunch of other animals home!!! The best advice I have received was from my mom in 2009 when she said: “If you don’t want to go into a corporate office job again, don’t. Life is too short… find something you enjoy.” So, I moved from the East Coast to California at the end of that same year. I feel fortunate that, as an adult, I can work doing something I love - dog training is my life and my profession. 

Today, I am a Certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers CCPDT. As well as a Certified Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College and Catch Canine Trainers Academy where I mentor and evaluate future Long Beach dog trainers in their certification program. I am a Certified Evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy and Trick Dog programs, and a certified AKC FIT DOG Canine Fitness Instructor. And a Certified AKC Temperament Test Evaluator. But most importantly, I have over 10 years of experience training, volunteering, and teaching dog training. I specialize in force-free, least-intrusive, minimally aversive behavior intervention techniques. My experience ranges from basic training, puppy training, and socialization, to trick dog and agility training, rehabilitation, trauma recovery, aggression, and all types of canine anxiety.

 

Thank you for reading my bio and I look forward to working with you and your pup!

 

 

k9HS - Carlos F Morales - CPDT-KA | Head Trainer

 
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k9hs Agent Jeannette

Office Administrator

Super-star Scheduling, Billing and Customer Service k9-Agent.

As the Office Administrator for Canine High School I’m here to help you navigate our website, answer any questions you have about our services and assist you in any way I can. I walk our human clients through our Admissions and Online Booking systems to make it as easy as possible for pet parents to place their pups into our Puppy Training Day School, Canine High School Daycare and all of our services. 

 

I have lived in Long Beach almost my whole life and love the city, my neighborhood and our neighbors (human and four footed). I live with my husband and two dogs, Marley and Buddy. Our family has always had cats and dogs as our family members. Some we have rescued and some have found us and decided to stay! I believe our lives and our world are enriched by the relationships we share with our pets. As the saying goes, I try to be the person my dog thinks I am!

Welcome to k9HS, let's talk soon!

 

k9HS - Jeannette | Office Administrator

 
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k9hs Teacher Kristie

Certified Professional Canine Trainer

Force-Free Dog Training. LIMA Compliant. Effective, Educated, Ethical.

Proud Long Beach local, raised right here in SoCal. For as long as I can remember I have always had animals. Whether it was a bird, a cat, a dog, chickens, ducks, or horses. I grew up loving animals. Currently I am living with 4 cats and 1 dog. Jessicat, Alleycat, Punkin, Molly and my little Yorkie/Chihuahua, Harley. After working almost 40 years in the grocery and service industries I decided to finally do something I really loved. I enrolled in Animal Behavior College to study Dog Obedience Training. I graduated with honors. While attending I also received certificates in Pet First Aid, Basic Nutrition, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, Teaching Private Lessons and Training Shelter Dogs. During my time at Animal Behavior College, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I am thankful that I was able to continue my studies while undergoing treatment. 

 

Today, I am a 3-year cancer survivor, a certified dog trainer and a Teacher Trainer for Canine High School's Agility Training School. Working with Carlos and the dogs has been great for my recovery. I manage the Agility curriculum and oversee each puppy and dog's progress to help them prepare for the AKC Trick Dog Title exams. My goal is to engage dogs mentally and physically so they can learn AKC tricks at every level. And to exercise them through our competition-grade agility courses, make sure they use their minds while learning and having fun. 

Training Specialties: Force-Free Dog obedience training, puppy basic training, dog agility training, preparation for AKC Trick Dog Title exams.

 

Welcome to k9HS, I am looking forward to teaching your pups some great agility tricks!

k9HS - Kristie | Teacher Trainer