The LIMA Training Philosophy

Pet Harmony uses Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) training. This means that we strive to train animals with the least amount of force, pain, fear and intimidation possible. Almost always, that means we don’t use any at all!

Because our techniques are based in behavior science, you can rest easy knowing your pet is receiving the most up-to-date training methods which are found to be the most effective, efficient and empowering for your animal. In addition to helping you and your pet live harmoniously, our main goals are safety and your pet’s mental and emotional well-being.

What Is The LIMA Principle?

LIMA dog training and pet training are based on the idea that punishment-based training methods don’t address the root cause of behavior issues – and can even make behaviors like fear, anxiety and aggression worse.

LIMA training principles help pet behavior specialists determine the least intrusive, minimally aversive (in other words, the most humane) path to behavior modification.

What Are The Steps of LIMA Training?

The process of LIMA training is very personalized to the animal being trained. LIMA trainers use what is known as the Humane Hierarchy to guide their training decision-making and create a program for their pet clients.

Following the Humane Hierarchy, Pet Harmony consultants first look at the whole picture to make sure that both you and your animal’s needs are being met (aka enrichment). This can include working with parallel professionals to address underlying medical concerns, addressing environmental factors that are contributing to the undesired behavior, and/or finding the low-hanging fruit to get you and your animal some quick wins. 

Then, we teach you and your animal skills to navigate difficult situations while helping you to set up your environment so those difficult situations are less likely to happen in the first place.

Get Started with Positive Pet Training

Every pet is an individual and every household is unique. As such, Pet Harmony strives to learn about you and your pet to create a LIMA training plan unique to your situation. We work with you and your pet to find a solution that everyone can benefit from.

Pet Harmony believes in using the most current, efficient, and effective training techniques so continuing education is key. We are regularly combing through new studies, books, and attending seminars to ensure your pet is receiving the best training possible.

Ready to get started? Contact us today to learn more about our in-person and virtual pet training options.