Dieuwke (Dee-you-kuh) van der Velde, certified positive reinforcement trainer through Animal Behavior College, interned at Humane Society of Silicon Valley. With a background as a research technician at Stanford, I believe in continuous learning to learn evolving techniques and tools staying abreast to successfully train dogs. I fully subscribe to positive reinforcement training and adopt this mode of behavioral training for puppies to adolescent and adult dogs. I have more then 12 years experience training dogs of all breeds and sizes , which included a three year search & rescue training through CARDA.
I have been fostering through rescue groups since 2009 and have helped puppies and adolescent dogs with varied behavioral issues - from socialization, building confidence, reactivity and have helped the dogs through positive experiences in controlled environments, so they have a structured process to be successfully integrated into their family and community.
I specialize in puppy training, and helping both first time dog owners and families adding a new puppy learn the basics of obedience training so they enjoy the new addition to the family and have a strong bond develop. My training is reward based, using positive reinforcement so humans understand their dog’s needs. I offer both group lessons and private consulting, and have my own training center in West San Jose.
I am eager to get started with training your dog and welcome you to reach out to me today!