Nitro K-9 Founder Steve Walter
Hello again, my name is Steve Walter and I am the founder of a training system called “The Nitro Dog”. I have been training dogs since I was a teenager and during those many, many years I have realized one thing; using food rewards for correct behavior is a lie. Many trainers will hide a very watered down way of training in a concept of “Non-Cruelty” to scare you into using their methods; using negative images and trying to convince you that anything else would be cruel or mean. I want you to know there is hope, and there is a better way.
I started out using edible rewards in the early 90’s but soon noticed that if the food disappeared, the dog would not obey and would simply ignore me. I even noticed at times I could have food and I would still get the same indifferent response. As if the dog was thinking “I will behave for you, if the price is right”. I tried clicker training as well, and many times I would either forget to bring my clicker or the dog would be so distracted by background noise he/she couldn’t even hear it.
I started getting involved with many of the European dog clubs, such as French Ring, SchutzHund, Mondio Ring, KNPV and a few others. I noticed that even though food was used, it was totally different in application and in response. I noticed right away that none of these dogs had aggression issues, jumped on people, pulled on leash, and that many were trained to bite men, for real. At that moment I began my quest for a better training system for the average person, one that would incorporate bonding, mutual respect, and stellar behavior. As I trained my oldest dog Isaiah in the French dog sports I noticed a difference; there was a new desire to please me. I was able to take him wherever I wanted… He didn’t suffer from separation anxiety or a lack of focus, and I felt like we were really together… the bond we created was beyond anything I thought possible.
My system uses non-cruel, humane methods based on respect and the expectation of good behavior. When I was young if I had a fit in the store for a candy bar or a box of cereal, I would never get it. I was expected to do my homework without a reward, to work around the house, and to show common courtesy. I expect the same from my dogs. A saying that has stuck with me for a long time is “you can’t buy love,” and the same goes for dogs… You can’t buy respect and good behavior with food.
I often spend most of my time retraining dogs because of the food and clicker methods that have left many owners and dogs lives in total ruins. If you apply yourself to my system, you will learn, and you will feel a bond with your dog like you never imagined.
Nitro K-9’s “Nitro Dog” training system is designed to educate the owner as well as the dog, in a comprehensive and caring manner.
I invite you, if you want to experience the best, to give me a call, and let’s get started right away.
Assistant Trainer Christina
Zeus with Christina
Hello my name is Christina, and I want to be your dog trainer! I competed and trained dogs for over ten years using food and clicker training. If only I could have met Steve 10 years sooner. I can tell you from my personal experience that food training does create a terrible false sense of security and very few dogs ever reach his or her true potential. My own personal dog that I earned multiple titles with soon would not come when called and utterly and completely ignored me. I thought I had achieved so much; but Steve’s first level students can do things far beyond anything I thought possible. It looked like it would take a lifetime and really only takes a couple short months.
The one thing I have learned about this training is it is bond based. Without the trust and the bond you cannot have the closeness with your dog needed to be successful. This training is about trust and building a relationship with your dog that directly goes to the heart of his or her behaviors.
After I saw Steve work Dutch at a demonstration, I had to know more. I called him and I asked questions. I could not believe what I was seeing with my own eyes. He has absolute command and authority over dogs in a way I had never seen before, nor to this day have ever seen still. He was using verbiage I had never heard, hand signals and voice commands I did not know; and he can instantly have almost any dog happy and working within minutes. I set out to learn his secrets and with time and a lot of practice I began to understand.
Dogs really do express communication from small and light nips. Dogs do not choke, and do not trade food to each other for behavior, and certainly do not strike each other on the nose. Once I realized the truth, I never felt so liberated. I was filled with scary images and all the while I felt like I was lost in a web of politics and egos. The prong collar is NOT cruel; it would be the end user who is cruel, not the tool.
I have watched him train and help hundreds of dogs over the last year while I trained directly under Steve. I now perform demonstrations of his training. It really works – and with time and effort all dogs can benefit from this training.
I hope I will see you in training and I would love to discuss my experience and training and share what I have learned with you.
Competed in obedience, agility and show handling in Snohomish county 4-H dog project for 10 years
- Volunteered at the Seattle Humane Society, Greyhound Pets Inc, King County Animal Shelter and PAWS
- Competed in AKC Junior Handling Program, won Senior Open Championships
- Gained novice, advanced and excellent titles in AKC rally obedience
- Gained titles in Novice Standard agility and Novice Jumpers agility
- Novice level Proficient in NADAC agility
- Extensive doggie daycare and boarding kennel experience
- Graduated 2 year Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute, achieved licensed Veterinary Tech
- Two internships and one job as a Veterinary Technician. First internship Cherry Valley Veterinary Hospital & Sulton Veterinary Clinic Worked as a vet Tech at Pillchuck Veterinary Hospital
- Received training in Equestrian management, riding at 4H Horse Program
- Received formal certification from Steve Walter of Nitro K-9 in Level 1 & 2 handling after completing intensive 12 month mentoring and hands on training program
- Nitro K-9 certified instructor formal obedience and competition
- Continuing education from Steve Walter of Nitro K-9 in Personal protection, search & Rescue, and detection training
- Continuing education from Steve Walter of Nitro K-9 in anti-dog aggression training
“We have two puppies, now 6 months old, a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Golden Retriever. Christina from Nitro K-9 has walked them, and fed them until they went to two meals a day, every lunch time from Monday through Thursday since they were 4 months old. I don’t know what we’d do without Christina. She is wonderful with the pups, a fantastic person in general, and clearly loves them and takes incredible care of them. She texts us with updates when we ask for them or she thinks they are needed, and is quick to respond to questions or requests for advice. Christina is a competitive dog trainer and a vet tech, and has an amazing wealth of knowledge and is a great source of advice. She has even occasionally come and puppy sat/stopped by on a Friday just to play with them when she is not on the clock! They are thrilled every time they see her and we trust her completely to take every bit of care of our precious pups as we would. Thank you Christina, and Nitro K-9 for helping make our pups’ lives as happy, loving and fun as possible. You make our weeks so much better, take a huge concern off our minds and are definitely the best! We cannot recommend you enough.” Chris M.
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