Although he had a lifelong passion for dogs, Tyler Muto’s career as a professional dog trainer didn’t begin until he was given the chance to apprentice under master trainer Melissa Cocola of Positive K9. This was not your typical beginner’s intro to training; it was here that Tyler learned how to handle and modify the behavior of even the most severely aggressive dogs. Following this experience Tyler went on to enroll in the Animal Behavior College and earn his formal certification as a dog trainer.
Having a true love for learning also means that Tyler continuously strives to better his techniques by furthering his education in animal behavior and the most current training protocols. In 2008, Tyler went to the Sit Means Sit professional dog trainer school and became certified as a remote collar specialist, the first in New York State. Along with these two certifications, he is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and serves as the President for the International Association of Canine Professionals, one of the largest dog-professional organizations in the world
Just as there are many different ways in which people learn, there is no single training method that works best for all dogs. Different dogs require different training approaches. This is why at K-9 Connection each and every training program is tailored to your individual needs. These programs integrate the most modern techniques from the schools of behaviorism, applied ethology, and dog psychology to create the optimum environment to facilitate learning and rehabilitation for any dog. However, regardless of methodology, all of our programs use praise and positive motivation as the cornerstone for success to ensure that training is enjoyable for both you and your dog.
I started K-9 Connection with the belief that the most important thing in dog training, whether it be obedience or behavior modification, is a healthy relationship between dog and owner. The majority of training difficulties and behavioral problems stem from an imbalance in this relationship. Consequently, all of our programs are structured around this aspect first, because no amount of treats or toys can make up for a lack of respect and trust.
Due to the complex nature of the canine mind, I don’t advocate any single training method or tool. Each dog must be evaluated individually before the most effective method can be determined. I have made it my personal responsibility to become familiar with all the varying styles of dog training, which makes me capable of offering the most well-rounded and versatile programs in Buffalo. Additionally, what is more important than which type of collar, or flavor of treats that you use, is the effectiveness of communication between you and your dog. For this reason I help dog owners to improve their body language, posture and vocal intonation to show them how to make their language match their intention.
My methods are simple, logical, and they work. The idea is that once the relationship is balanced, and the communication is effective, the dog will become naturally obedient. Once you have achieved this state with your dog, the rest will come with far greater ease.
– Tyler Muto
Our programs are the most comprehensive dog training and behavior programs in the Buffalo, NY area. We specialize in real world training and behavior modification, for those who want a well-mannered dog who listens every time, any place, with any distraction.
Our staff have made it their personal responsibility to become familiar with all the varying styles of dog training, which makes them capable of offering the most well-rounded and versatile programs in Buffalo.
Having a true love for learning also means that our staff continuously strives to better their techniques by furthering their education in animal behavior and the most current training protocols. This is why we regularly attend seminars, conference and enroll in online courses to endue that you are getting the most up to date training in the industry.