Force Free Dog Training

Force Free In-Home Training

Fall in love with your dog all over again!

Dog training is a very unregulated industry. That means anybody, at any time, can call themselves a dog trainer and sell their “services” utilizing questionable and sometimes inhumane methods. We believe dogs deserve more than that. We believe YOU deserve more than that.

RCO Pet Care utilizes only science based, force free methods to teach your dog what he’s doing right instead of punishing what he is doing wrong. This is known as positive reinforcement (R+) and is proven to create well mannered, confident, well-adjusted dogs that retain behavior because they want to and have experienced actual behavior change… not because they are of afraid of what you might do if they do not.

All animals can and will learn via positive reinforcement… it is science. While it is true every dog is different, that doesn’t mean the science doesn’t apply to them. It means we can adjust the techniques we use during the teaching process to help them best understand and grow! We have an unwavering dedication continuing education, certification, and pushing for regulation in the industry.

Positive Reinforcement Is Proven To Work For…

New Puppy Parents


Training your puppy can start as soon as they come home. Utilize short, positive sessions!
New Pet Parents

Adult Dogs

You absolutely CAN teach old dogs new tricks and you can do it well!
New Pet Parents

Other Animal Species

R+ training has been applied to horses, dolphins, goldfish and countless other species.
Stay-At-Home Parents


Yep. It works on humans, too. Any species can learn in a compassionate, positive way.

Training Philosophy

As a trainer, it is my goal to:


Create dogs that love life and their people.


Create dogs that are confident enough to try new things, goofy enough to make you laugh, and are happy and eager to learn.


Allow dogs to be dogs and do doggy things while teaching them how to stay safe and understand their people’s expectations in this crazy, human world.


Keep pet parents involved in every step of the process. You will be the person spending 10+ years with with your pup. Understanding their needs, behavior and how to communicate with them will lead to a relationship based on confidence, love and understanding – never force or fear.

It is NOT my goal to:

Create dogs that are afraid of what their handler might do if they get it “wrong.”
Make an owner feel as though they need to hurt their dog or do something that makes them uncomfortable to see behavioral changes.

Hand over a remote at the end of a training program.

Create dogs that are shut down, displaying clear stress signals, or are at risk of further emotional fall out down the road.

Tell owners they can’t sleep with their dogs in their beds, love them like a family member, or spoil them with treats and toys (you absolutely can!)

Fall in love with the process, too!

From the day you bring them home, you and your dog are a team. Positive reinforcement based, force free training creates a beautiful partnership to last throughout their lives. As your dog begins to understand how to make better choices, you will simultaneously grow confident in your ability to communicate with and understand him.

As you continue to work together and build a reinforcement history, you’ll be more connected than ever before AND have the dog of your dreams.

Our favorite part about this methodology of training is the loose, wagging tails and enthusiasm you see in every training session!

Meet Your Trainer

Jessica Barry

professional dog trainer, kpa-ctp

Jessica is the founder of RCO Pet Care and our head trainer. She graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) with distinction, earning the title of Certified Training Partner. Karen Pryor, and now KPA, have spearheaded the development of force-free training methods, and are some of the leading proponents of operant conditioning.

Jess is also a licensed Family Paws educator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is currently working toward her independent certification via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

 Jessica has worked with many species ranging from dogs to horses to bison and primates at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. She holds a Bachelor's in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut, is a Fear Free Professional and is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid.

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