Kindness & Consistency – the Best Teachers

About Patti Howard, BS CCS

I own Your Canine Resource, Inc. in Olympia Washington, a thriving company which specializes in canine behavioral training and nutritional consulting. I bring 27 years of hands-on experience and extensive study to Your Canine Resource. My training techniques are grounded in rigorous research in behavior modification as well as the conviction that kindness and consistency are great teacher companions.

A consistent contributor to the dog training industry, I am co-founder of Society for the Promotion of Applied Research in Canine Science (SPARCS). Although no longer actively engaged, I continue to support the organization's mission and annual conference. I'm also co-founder of Washington Assistance Dog Education Center (WADEC). WADEC is a non-profit organization that trains service dogs to support people with disabilities. My experience training service dogs gives me unique clarity and precision when helping people train and socialize their companion dogs. Finally, I'm primary nutritional advisor in recipe formulation to Green Juju Whole Food Supplement, which you'll find in the freezer section of pet supply stores throughout the country.

A professional chef for 17 years, I'm at home in the kitchen and an advocate of high-quality yet economical nutrition. I invite you to try out the unique dog treat recipes on my site...or contact me about people-food recipes as well! Before moving to beautiful Olympia, Washington, I owned Seattle-based Contented Canine and The Pawsitive Packleader, Inc. Both businesses are in good hands with new owners.

I'm a graduate, and in good standing, of Northwest School of Canine Studies (CCS), an intensive and thorough study of canine behavior. In addition, I hold a Bachelor of Science. Finally, I'm certified in Advanced Canine Nutrition.

I currently live in Olympia Washington where I reside with Paul, my patient partner to all the dogs that cross our paths, and Yogi, the Blue Tic Beagle mix, whose personality and face grace this site.

I dedicate my education and passion to the canine loves of my life, whether they were under my guardianship or influenced through the relationship we build while training.

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Training Philosophy

Why use fear and punishment to train when you can engender cooperation, safety and happiness?

Train with kindness. Learn with trust.

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Client Testimonial

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    I'm really looking forward to our session next Monday. Since we met last week, and I watched you interact with her, I've renewed my compassion for her as an animal and have been seeing her less as a pest and more as a sweet creature trying to communicate her needs with me. It's still trying sometimes, but I'm grateful you awakened that in me (her too, surely!).

      — Brianne E , WA

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