Theresa is part of a pack that included six dogs until 2012 when she lost two of her huskies. Currently, her pack includes four dogs. Her training technique is based on a unique combination of canine behavior, canine & human psychology, human social relationship theory, and human/companion animal theory. Theresa trains using methods empirically shown to produce results without harsh punishment. She does not use choker chains or pinch collars. While other trainers focus exclusively on the canine or on the owner, Theresa focuses on all aspects of the family system to develop a family-specific program. Theresa believes in realistic home training rather than strict obedience training, though she is willing to show families that desire strict obedience how to accomplish this without harsh punishment techniques.
Theresa has been a member of various professional and paraprofessional organizations including the Animal Behavior Society, Animal Society Institute, the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society Section, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Theresa also is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. In addition to training experience, Theresa has a Master of Science degree in Sociology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology.
Theresa has been training since 2003. She has trained hundreds of dogs including mixed breeds, designer breeds, and purebred dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to Irish Wolf Hounds. She has dealt with various canine issues including aggression, separation anxiety, fearfulness, hyperactivity, and obsessive disorders. She has also dealt with everyday issues such as potty training, counter surfing, and door dashing.
Why is the name so weird?
DeOGe Training was named in honor of a childhood dog, Deoge, who had to be euthanized because she grabbed a Yorkie that came into her yard by the neck, killing it. Deoge had very little training and her euthanasia hit Theresa very hard, once she realized that she really had been "put down" as opposed to being taken to a farm like she had been told. It is in her honor that Theresa developed the goal of rehabilitating all dogs as opposed to them being taken to the "pound" or "farm" when they do not meet the expectations of the family. This situation also led Theresa to feeling that dogs should be not viewed as disposable property.