MEET THE LEAD TRAINER
Learn about The Easy Dog’s owner and how he can help you and your dog.
Hi there, I'm Jason Dutton, owner and lead trainer at The Easy Dog. Chances are, if you’re looking to have your dog professionally trained, you’re about as passionate about dogs as I am. Dogs have always played a significant role in my life. Although growing up I wouldn’t have guessed I would become a dog trainer, it seems it was almost destined. I always say this because the same night I was born, my parent’s Newfoundland gave birth to 15 puppies. If that isn’t a sure sign of a dog-filled life, I don’t know what is.
As I never dreamt I could actually turn my love for dogs into a living, I joined the Army in 2011 as an infantry soldier where I was quite content. Then somehow, midway through my career, I was gifted the opportunity to change positions and work with dogs as a TEDD (Tactical Explosive Detection Dog) handler. It was as if my path was being paved for me yet again.
In 2013, I attended a 3 month long TEDD training course at Vohne Liche Kennels which laid the foundation for all my future practices. My job as a TEDD handler was to lead patrols in Afghanistan in search of
explosive devices, all with the help of our canine companions. You can imagine the high level of obedience these dogs in particular needed to acquire before being prepared for such operations.
It was during my schooling as a TEDD handler that I realized the best trainers are the best trained; with a high levels of discipline comes an uncanny ability to relate to the trainee, whether that individual be animal or human. Over the years, I’ve still found this to true with each dog I work with, from the most extreme of cases to the mildest.
I think most importantly, through my training, I’m not only able to understand dogs on a deeper level than many owners think possible, but I’m also able to work with the owner personally to help them gain that deeper connection with their beloved companions. While improving dogs’ obedience and overall behavior is the end goal, witnessing this intensified bond between pet and owner is perhaps the most rewarding part of my job.
CERTIFICATIONS / CREDENTIALS
In order to continuously advance my training techniques and stay up to date on the latest training theories, I attend intensive seminars all around the country each year. My goal is to have a strong knowledge-base and plenty of experience in a plethora of different training styles so I can best tailor each session to meet you and your dog’s unique needs. No dog is the same, nor should they be treated and trained as such. At The Easy Dog, you can expect a program designed specifically for your canine every time.
- School: Houston K9 Academy
- Course: Trainer’s Program
- Duration: xx Weeks
- School: Canine Obedience Unlimited (Rockville, Maryland)
- Course: Trainer’s Program
- Duration: 3 Weeks
- Focus: Specifically designed for pet dog trainers Classes/Workshops: Basic and Advanced Obedience, Problem Solving and Behavior Modification (for pet, sport and working dogs). Also worked directly with frustrated clients who had “difficult cases” under the guidance of renowned trainers George Cockerel and Andrew Fraiser.
- School: Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers (Santa Rosa, California)
- Course: Trainer’s Course, one of the most complete and information dense curriculums in the country
- Duration: 14 Weeks
- Focus: Training in the proper use of food and incentives to shape dogs’ behavior
- Classes/Workshops: Food Based Training, Leash and Collar Training, Remote Collar Training, Basic - Advanced Obedience, Problem Solving and Behavior Modification, Introduction to Sports and Working Dogs
- Organization: Member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals)
- Duration: 2 Years
- Focus: The ICAP is a community of new and seasoned trainers all across the world whose objective is to support one another through one common goal; to become the best dog trainer possible. This organization provides the tools and communication necessary for me to continuously develop my skills and abilities when I’m not on the job or furthering my education.
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THE EASY DOG METHODS AND BELIEFS
Learn about what sets our training apart from the rest.
We’re dedicated to giving you a customized training program that will benefit you and your dog’s relationship specifically. We realize that no dog, no owner, and no dog-to-owner relationship is the same. With that in mind, we work directly with each team to give you the tools to create the strongest bond possible. Having a background as an infantry soldier and TEDD handler, obedience and discipline come first and foremost when laying this foundation. However, the path and method used to get your dog to that point will always be unique and tailored for you both. Our goal is to train both you and your dog so you pick up the habits that will lead to a healthy, long-lasting bond.
There are many different methods that can be used in order to best train your dog. Depending on your pup’s past residual issues, personal habits and most stubborn behaviors, we will generate a strategy for training using a personalized variety of these methods. Just a handful of the methods that could be used include food based/incentive training, leash and collar training, remote collar training and basic and advanced obedience. Of course, the most important part is that you’re comfortable with the chosen training as it will be your job to carry it out. We’ll work together to ensure that we utilize methods that will benefit you both.
How it Works
The key to having a well-trained dog is creating a strong relationship between that dog and the owner. In order to create that type of bond, there needs to be a mutual level of respect, trust and communication between the two. Many owners are unaware that the most common problem in per-owner relationships lies in a lack of understanding. By teaching each owner how to understand and communicate with their dog personally, the training itself becomes much easier. Owners will find that with this kind of training and relationship, they will not only reach an advanced level of training themselves, but also of ownership. Owners with a deeper level of connection with their dogs will always be the most well-equipped to properly train them.