Welcome to UPWARD Methodology

If your dog is over the age of six months and you are struggling to calmly integrate your dog into your life and/or conventional techniques are ineffective in addressing unwanted behaviours (stealing socks, house training, aggression, anxiety, leash reactivity etc) you have come to the right place.

For three decades I have worked with dogs over the age of six months and for two of those I have worked with the people who have those dogs (fosters, adopters, and people who got their dog as a puppy).

I know first-hand how frustrating it can be when professionals recommend Positive Reinforcement, Distraction Training, Replacement Training, better treats, crating, socializing, more exercise, pinning, kneeing, and stricter rules, when these techniques and suggestions only serve to heighten  unwanted behaviours.

WHY Does Positive Reinforcement (and other techniques) often fail with dogs?

Good Question – and until recently, I really did not know.  What I did know was that the way I work with dogs has saved the lives of thousands of dogs, helped hundreds of people, and made my business extremely successful.

In the last few years my clients have become more curious as to the psychology behind UPWARD Methodology, which inspired me to take a deeper look into it, and in doing so, I learned why my methodology is successful with dogs over six months of age. I learned from my clients that the common techniques suggested by trainers, behaviourists and veterinarians, which, although proven effective, were not the same as the approach I take.

Instead of meeting with these professionals, I met with, and researched techniques used by, social workers, child psychologists, criminal psychologists, and professionals who work with people who struggle with anxiety or display aggressive behaviours. What I learned was that UPWARD Methodology is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

What is CBT?

In a nutshell, CBT is a proven approach to working with people who display unwanted behaviours and traits commonly due to inadequate guidance or as a reaction to anxieties or fear.

When I started to work with dogs decades ago, I did not realize my approach was in line with CBT. In other words, I did not study CBT and apply it to dogs; I worked with hundreds of dogs and then realized the similarities of UPWARD Methodology to that of CBT.

As I gained a greater understanding of the differences between UPWARD Methodology and conventional techniques, I understood why UPWARD Methodology is effective with dogs over the age of six months.
(From “The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology”)

CBT is not unheard of for dogs – Veterinarians learn how a dog’s brain develops, (six months is when the brain acquires the ability to “reason” and “process”), and there are reading resources on dog psychology, yet they do not provide a simple and concise manner of teaching and applying the methodology on a day-to-day basis. UPWARD Methodology is a proven formula that allows you to easily and effectively integrate your dog into your world, and/or address unwanted behaviours, aggression, and/or anxiety.

How do I Learn More About UPWARD Methodology?

I encourage you to read the information provided on this site in the order it is presented. It takes less than 30 minutes to read the information and it will help you decide if UPWARD Methodology is right for you and your dog. Most of the information is taken from my book, “The Art of Urban People With Adopted and Rescued Dogs Methodology” (UPWARD Methodology). The book is the required reading material for the first part of the online course. The book is available without taking the course and, if needed, can further help you to decide if the course is right for you and your dog.

Please feel free to add your email to the mailing list to keep updated on the upcoming course.

Thank you and I look forward to working together,

Billie Groom
Rescued and Adopted Dog Specialist