Who is Jayson? A day in the canine-centric life of Jayson Arko is just what you might expect; dogs, sun-up to sun-down. When he’s not doing nose work with one of his dogs, he is usually walking, running, and playing fetch with the other four. The Colorado native’s hobbies include riding his motorcycle and paddle […]
Who is Jayson?
A day in the canine-centric life of Jayson Arko is just what you might expect; dogs, sun-up to sun-down. When he’s not doing nose work with one of his dogs, he is usually walking, running, and playing fetch with the other four. The Colorado native’s hobbies include riding his motorcycle and paddle boarding, which conjure images ranging from cute to comical of dogs in goggles and leathers or life jackets. He assures us, however, that for safety reasons he performs these activities solo; for now, at least.
Dog rescue laid the foundation for Jayson’s interest in training. His passion for keeping more dogs out of shelters is what inspires him to provide direction to people and their dogs. A recurring rescuer, the last pup he scooped up from a shelter is a 14-year-old Chihuahua named Wobbles. Jayson was fully prepared to take her in as a hospice dog, but after she recovered from pneumonia and had 20 bad teeth extracted, she is thriving. As a five-pound pup, her interactions with 45-85 pound dogs never fail to entertain.
Jayson has been training dogs for four years, but he has been loving a variety of animals for his entire life; he has family friends who own a farm where he spends a lot of time around horses, chickens, and goats. He says that milking a goat is much more challenging than it might seem! Along that vein of unexpected animal experience, Jayson’s second favorite animal (next to dogs, of course) is the turtle. A year ago, he adopted a pair of them from Adams County Animal Shelter and named them Phineas and Ferb.
What does he do?
Certified through Catch Canine Trainers Academy and recognized by the AKC to administer the Canine Good Citizen Test, Jayson’s training techniques are based on repetition, consistency, and positive reinforcement. His objective is to teach dogs to be self-reliant and develop problem-solving skills. The basic method he uses is to teach and reward desired behavior, and then with consistency and repetition, the dog will begin to choose those behaviors over undesirable ones. He says that it is necessary to find what motivates a dog and use it to reward them, whether it’s food, praise, toys, or another incentive. Once the motivating key is discovered, a much wider range of skills can be taught with greater ease while keeping training positive and fun for the dog as well as the human companion. Classical and operant conditioning have long been proven effective for dog psychology; just ask Pavlov!
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