BETTER FRIENDS DOG TRAINING
Where Better Friends are Made
Motivational, Family Friendly Dog Training
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2016
Tasha Grieser pictured with her dogs in 2016
Snoopy an adopted 2 year old white and black multigenerational labradoodle puppy mill survivor;
Misha,  her retired performance Springer Spaniel passed away at 12 years old in 2017;
Yoshi, a 6 year old adopted white F1B Labradoodle that passed at 7 years old in 2017;
Yoohoo, adopted Cocker Spaniel puppy mill survivor, that passed at 12 years old in 2017.
 
 
About the Trainer

Tasha Grieser is a reward based dog trainer with more than a decade of experience. She's been working professionally as a dog trainer for 6 years at Pampered Pets Bed and Biscuit in Napoleon, OH. She opened her own business Better Friends Dog training in January 2013. Tasha completed her education at Animal Behavior College for certification as a professional dog trainer, working and gaining experience interning with two other professional mentor trainers.  She is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She was a licensed presenter for Family Paws Parent Education to help expectant and new families prepare and cope for safe interactions between baby and dog from 2012 - 2016. She volunteers her time also teaching Dog Bite Prevention Education to children and to the community. She continues her education by attending seminars of expert dog trainers and behaviorists, maintaining memberships with professional dog training organizations, and completing continued education credits to ensure she stays up to date on the latest best practices in the field.

She got her start as a young child taking a dog 4-H project with her first dog, a black Cocker Spaniel, but quickly moved on to open competition shows and professional handling. During her time spent pursuing hobby sports training, she maintained membership with a dog training club for a decade. Tasha has gained her experience through her many years spent competing in 4-H, agility, obedience, and rally dog sports; working at a veterinary clinic; and working and volunteering at animal shelters. Her dogs hold numerous titles in Obedience, Agility, and Rally. In 2005, she was invited to the UKC National Competition and placed 2nd in Agility division with her Cocker; she was invited back again in 2009 and placed 2nd in Obedience with her Springer.  She has worked with a large variety of breeds, types, sizes, and personalities of dogs through her time spent professionally handling in competition dog sports and volunteering at animal shelters. She has worked as a Behavior Evaluator for local shelters, volunteer Dog Project trainer, and enjoys donating her time and skills to local animal shelters. Her own dogs  are Canine Good Citizen certified and her Cocker Spaniel, Pepper, was a licensed therapy dog with Therapy Dog International for many years. She thoroughly enjoys competition dog sports, but her main motivation behind becoming a professional dog trainer is saving shelter dogs.
 
 
 
 
 
My Training Philosophy

  • My primary goal is to help you through your dog training problems by improving the relationship and communication between you and your dog. My training is utilized to strengthen the animal-human bond, making training mutually enjoyable for both dog and human.

  • My methods involve rewards and motivation, so they are gentle and safe for dogs of any age, especially for very young puppies. I will teach you how to use treats, food, toys, praise, attention, and what are called Environmental/Real Life Rewards in your training and everyday life so you have a dog that not only is reliable in its behaviors, but also enjoys doing them for you. 
  • I use science based methods rooted in learning theory and follow least invasive and minimally aversive principle.  I do not use of force, fear or pain in my training. I do not use aversives such as shock, prong, or choke collars as these produce a stressful learning environment for your dog, stunts learning, and can have detrimental side effects. Instead I use gentle methods that can be used by the whole family, including children.

  •  I teach people how to be leaders for their dogs without the use of force, fear or pain. Instead, dogs learn to trust and obey their owners. Owners learn to be fair, trustworthy, humane and effective leaders to their dogs. 

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I like to see students in class early while they are still young. Preventing the problems are much easier than trying to cure them later when they develop. 
 
 
 

               

 

Experience, Credentials, & Continued Education 

  • Dr. Ian Dunbar Lecture: Dog Behavior & Training Problems , June 20, 2014 – 2 hours

  • 2012 APDT Conference, Oct. 19, 2012 Cinncinnatti, OH - 8 hours

    • Susan Garret, “Puppies: Inspiring Focus”

    • Robin Bennet, “Playgroups for Fun and Profit”

    • Susan Sternberg, “An In-Depth Look at Off-leash Interactions between Unfamiliar Dogs”

  • Grisha Stewart “BAT” Seminar: Behavioral Adjustment Training, May 6th, 2012 Toledo, OH – 4 hrs

  • Nicole Wilde Seminar, August 25 & 26th, 2012 Toledo, OH

    • Helping Fearful Dogs, 8 hrs

    • Separation Anxiety, 4 hrs

    • Dog – Dog Play, 4 hrs

  • Knowing Dogs Staff Training 101: Dog Language

  • Knowing Dogs Staff Training 201: Group Play

  • Dogs & Storks, Dogs & Babies Licensed Presenter 2012

  • Be A Tree Presenter

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

  • Animal Behavior College 2012
  • APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Professional Member since 2012

  • Pet Professional Guild Member 2012
  • NADOI (National Association of Dog Training Instructors) Member 2011-2012

  • Volunteer dog trainer at Fort Defiance Humane Society for Project Dog Program

  • Educational Coordinator for Fulton County Humane Society

  • Experience with Therapy Dog International certified dog visiting hospitals

  • 10 years experience professional handling & training in Agility, Obedience, & other dog sports
  • Ten plus years studying dog knowledge, including breeds, health, behavior, language, etc.

 
 
 

Pictured: Tasha with her dogs in 2012 
Misha, an 8 year old Springer retired and Titled in competition agility and obedience that passed away in 2017;
Pepper, her first dog that got her passion of dog training started, passed on to Rainbow Bridge in Feb. 2013 at the age of 15;
Yoshi, an adopted 4 year old cream Standard Poodle mix has achieved his CGC, BN and two legs towards his Rally Novice title who passed away in 2017;
and Sully, an adopted 10 year old black Standard Poodle who was the worlds best family pet that passed away in 2015.

 
 

Continuing Education: Books & DVDS

Dog Literature on Behavior and Learning Theory

Dog Behavior, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam Miklosi, Oxford Textbook

Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog: The classic study by John Paul Scott and John L. Fuller
Excellerated Learning: Explaining how dogs learn and how best to teach them by Pamela J. Reid, Ph.D
The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way to Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph, D
Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor
Reaching the Animal Mind by Karen Pryor
Power of Positive Training by Pat Miller
For the Love of a Dog by Patricia B. McConnell
Dogs are from Neptune by Jean Donaldson
When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs by Jane Killion
Plenty in Life is Free by Kathy Sdao
Dog Insight by Pamela J Reid, Ph.D

Dog Language & Dog Play

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

Canine Language by Roger Abrantes
Barking: The Sound of a Language by Turid Rugaas
Off Leash Dog Play by Robin Bennet & Susan Briggs
Canine Body Language: A Photographic Guide by Brenda Aloff
Play Together, Stay Together: Happy and Healthy Play Between People and Dogs by London Ph.D and McConnell, Ph.D

Puppy Rearing, Socialization, & Training
Puppy Socialization: An Insider's Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness by Caryl Wolff
Student Instruction Teaching Puppy Headstart DVD by Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA
Puppy Kindergarten Class Highlights by
Chris Bach
Creating SuperStar Dogs Seminar DVD by Jerry Hope, CDBC
Sirius Puppy Training DVD by Dr. Ian Dunbar
The Puppy Primer – Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. and Brenda Scidmore
Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

Way to Go! How to Housetrain a Dog of Any Age by Karen B. London, Ph.D. and Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
Raising Puppies and Kids Together by Silvani, CPDT & Eckhart
Kids and Dogs by Coleen Pelar

Basic Training

Citizen Canine: 10 Essential Skills Every Well Manners Dog Should Know – Mary Burch, Ph.D

Family Friendly Dog Training: A Six-Week Program for You and Your Dog by McConnell Ph.D. and Moore
Getting Started: Clicker Training for Dogs by Karen Pryor
How to Be the Leader of the Pack and Have Your Dog Love You for it! by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D. How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves by Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
Teaching Fido to Learn to Earn by Dr. Sophia Yin Adult Dog Training DVD Dr. Ian Dunbar
Feeling Outnumbered? How to Manage and Enjoy Your Multi-dog Household by London, Ph.D. And McConnell, Ph.D.

Advanced, Hobby/Sport Training

Agility Fun: The Hobday Way Volume 1 Agility Training for Puppies by Ruth Hobday
Excelling at Dog Agility: Book 1 Obstacle Training for Puppies by Jane Simmons-Moake
Dog Agility Equipment Construction Instructions by Ann Embry
Agility Right from the Start: The Ultimate Training Guide to America's Fastest Growing Dog Sport


Fearful, Anxious Dogs

Help for Your Fearful Dog: A Step by Step Guide to Helping Your Dog Conquer his Fears by Nicole Wilde

Scaredy Dog! Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown
I’ll Be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia B. McConnell
Don’t Leave Me! Step by Step Help for Your Dogs Separation Anxiety by Nicole Wilde

Aggression, Reactivity, & Treatment

Mine! A Practical Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs by Jean Donaldson

Fight! A Practical Guide to the Treatment of Dog-dog Aggression by Jean Donaldson
Feisty Feido: Help for Your Leash Reactive Dog by Patricia B. McConnell
How to Right a Dog Gone Wrong: A Roadmap for Rehabilitatin Aggressive Dogs by Pam Dennison
Click to Calm: Healing the Aggressive Dog by Emma Parsons Treating Dog-Dog Reactivity DVD by Patricia McConnell
Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs by Grisha Stewart
A Trainers Guide to Reactive Rover Classes by Kim Moeller
The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer their Fears by Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D.
Survival Skills DVD: Coping with Dog Reactivity in Real Life by Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP
Adolescent Dog Problems Seminar DVD by Trish King