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My name is Karen Vaden and I served as the Behavioral Advisor to both the Humane Society of Livingston County and Adopt a Pet of Fenton, MI., I currently serve as a 4H resource leader for their dog training program and  I’m dog trainer/advisor to many pet owners. Here is how it all started……..

I have always loved dogs, so when I moved to Livingston County Michigan in 1985, I started rescuing and training dogs. I joined the Humane Society of Livingston County (HSLC) and became a foster home for dogs. I served on the Board of Directors and as treasurer. However my real love was still fostering/rehabilitating the dogs and I soon learned how to rehabilitate some of the hard tor place dogs. I didn't know my real challenge would come as an Australian Shepherd named "Rosie". She is a dog that we decided to adopt and was probably the worst behaved and wildest dog that I had EVER seen. I started reading all of the dog psychology books, training books and books on how dogs communicate. Rosie was the reason I attended many classes and training seminars by nationally known trainers. My daughter showed Rosie in 4H and has a Reserve Grand Champion(2006) and Grand Champion(2005) in obedience on her and Grand Champion in Agility (2006). I will always be ever thankful to Rosie, (Oct 1999-June 2011)  she

truly changed my life.



Many people that know me have learned that I am a fan of Remote Collar training. That being said the training needs to be done properly, you can’t just buy a collar and start correcting your dog. There is a very particular system to correctly introducing the remote collar at low levels into your training regimen.  

The first thing you need to do is to buy a good quality remote collar. The components of a good collar are : 1) It needs to be rechargeable (Batteries will cost you a small fortune) 2) The receiver style (this requires a verbal discussion) 3) It needs to have corrections that start very low yet have a high end, 4) The company needs to have good customer support.  When you start with good equipment the rest of the process is simple. I will say that while most of the “off” brand collars on Amazon that cost under $100 I have been    

un-impressed with. While these collars advertise that the collar has 100 levels, my experience with them is

that  they do not have a low level stim so the dog is yipping at level 5 making it unusable.


My philosophy is start with one behavior at a time. Then reward good behavior while correcting the naughty behavior. Remember though, your dog may be acting out due to things in the home that you do not notice. That is where I come in

Training Philosophy

Remote Collar Training Equipment

Remote Collars Myths

There are many misunderstandings about remote collars and most stem from lack of information about them.  The way I start training with a remote collar is to have the pet owners feel the stimulation of the collar and their typical response is “Is that it?”. People tend to think of them like an electric fence which is extremely more powerful than a remote collar. If done properly your training experience will end up like many of clients that say “I wish I had done this a long time ago”  Call me for more info about remote collars.