Hi, I’m Ricky Jones and I am a Dog Life Coach who has been teaching people how to have a well-behaved dog at home and in public. I build confidence in you with your dog and show you how to have an amazing bond.But before we get into that, let me share a quick story with you... There I was, I had just rescued my first dog, Memphis.The thing is, I grew up around dogs with family and friends having them but this was the first time owning a dog myself and I was starting to struggle. I deal with chronic lyme disease which can limit me with joint and knee pains. It was a big change for me. I played soccer for almost 15 years being very active with biking and snowboarding as well, then I got lyme disease and it changed everything. I struggled for a few years with the changes trying to find myself. Up to that point nothing was motivating me to do things.. I had just started to work at a dog daycare and getting a puppy could help. I found something to really help and motivate me. This little guy changed my world! The big problem was that I couldn't figure out how to get him to listen to me in certain situations and especially outside. My dog was becoming hard to handle out in public and started to bark and react to other dogs and people. I did not know what to do. At one point, he even ran away to chase after a deer. That meant my dog was choosing other things over me. It felt embarrassing. I felt like I was missing out bonding with my dog.I did a little research online to learn a few things to get him to listen better so I went down to the local park to practice with my dog. By chance, I ran into this guy whose dog was listening and being well-behaved. He saw me training my dog, we talked, and he mentioned a place for me to check out that helped him with his dog. I was dedicated to my dog and wanted to learn more about dogs and ways to fix behavioral issues. I could learn to communicate, build a stronger bond, and have an amazing relationship with my dog. I knew right then I wanted to become a dog trainer and enrolled in a dog training program.
Instantly it became crystal clear to me how to get my dog to listen to me. I felt like I was bonding more with my dog. I was enjoying walking him in public and going for hikes on the weekend because the training I learned got my dog to listen to me more. It made me feel more confident that he would choose me over distractions.Training was fun and easy! My plan to start, come up with a routine and a training plan! Now I understood my dog, why he was reacting, and knew how to take care of his needs with a routine giving him physical and mental exercise.
So I started getting him to listen to me at first with just quick training sessions, training with him daily working on his name and his recall word. Throughout the day, around the house.. But we didn’t stop there!We then started to go out more in public with walks at the park. We worked on getting him to listen to me outside around distractions with people and dogs. After that, we were able to enjoy hikes on the weekends having him be able to run off leash and come back when I called him. He was doing so much better greeting people nicely and not jumping! Bottom line: In the end, I have an amazing relationship with my dogs and there is no better feeling in the world than having that trust in your dog that they will never leave you and they will always come back to you! Enjoying walks in public and not having my dog bark at other dogs! Now able to do all the things I wanted to before, we then worked on and passed the CgC Canine Good Citizen Test!!
Over the next few years I added a few more dogs to the family. First it was Iver, a border collie. I was able to travel and compete with my dogs, gaining more knowledge and experience in the dog world. Iver and I even had a cameo appearance on the Netflix hit show Marvel’s Daredevil!
While traveling the country, I rescued my third dog, Serenity, a young female red Border Collie. Serenity had been surrendered because she was a rambunctious “car-chasing” dog. With my training, Serenity has developed into a great K9 Disc performer and she earned American Kennel Club’s coveted Canine Good Citizen award...and yes, she has stopped chasing cars! I wanted to share everything I knew! I started my own dog training business to help people build an amazing bond with their dog and teach them how to train their dog and get them to listen to them.. We call it “Divine Canine Solutions”. With Divine Canine Solutions I can now put to use my years of experience and knowledge from training dogs and traveling around performing and competing with my dogs in k9 disc, agility and dock diving. Everything I learned about Canine conditioning, Trick training and Obedience training is put together into a simple training system that you can do at home and build a great relationship with your dog! And that's why I'm so excited to share this with you so you can get these types of results too!