Cause for Paws 2013, Portsmouth, VA

Cause for Paws 2013It was a bright and sunny day at Cause for Paws this year, a balmy 70 degrees, perfect for canines and humans alike!  It was our best turnout ever for the 5K race and 1 mile dog walk.  Thank you to everyone who came, participated and donated in support of the Portsmouth Humane Society.  The setting for this event is spectacular, right along the waterfront in Old Towne Portsmouth, VA.  The event was held on Saturday, April 13th.  The bake sale was stupendously yummy, the silent auction was spectacular, the contest and music were a lot of fun too.  My mission this year was to promote the use of more humane tools and techniques for our canine companions. I promoted the use of the Freedom No Pull Harness as a pain free alternative to prong and choke collars.  I am happy to say I was able to convert 4 dog owners by explaining the cons of using their aversive prong collars.  Those dogs will be much happier wearing their new harnesses.  :-D



April 30, 2013

I just returned from taking the 5 day Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) instructor’s workshop with Grisha Stewart.  This is a...


A dog that is given consistent guidance from an early age grows up to be a confident dog. Education brings security, security brings confidence, and a confident dog has no need to show anxiety-based behaviors.




April 16, 2014

SPRING has sprung, well, at least for most of us!  The warmer weather has melted most of the snow and for...


All VSPDT dog trainers:
  • Are hand-selected by Victoria.
  • Train dogs using only positive reinforcement.
  • Avoid force & outdated dominance-based methods.
  • Work personally with Victoria and her team.
  • Share Victoria's ability to talk and think dog - positively
  • Practice the highest level of courtesy and professionalism.
  • Respect you and your dog at all times.
  • Share the VSPDT mission of creating healthier, more balanced relationships between dogs and owners
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About Dale

My name is Dale Ward and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.  I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC) based in Northridge, CA. I also hold BA Honors and Masters degrees. After spending many years in the corporate world, owning my own consulting business, I decided to do what I really love, work with dogs.  As  a member of Victoria's VSPDT dog trainer network, I can offer you a way to work with and train your dog that focuses on a positive, sensitive and sensible approach.  My methods are simple and effective.  I place great emphasis on consistency, clarity of the message, and kindness. I hope you will allow me to help you in your quest to train your dog.