Some dogs have behaviors that are not only hard on the dog, but very difficult to live with. This is the reason why some dogs land in a shelter. If you are looking to work with your dog to help him/her shift problem behavior(s) and become more comfortable in the world, I would very much like to take that journey with you.
Some of the behaviors I deal with regularly are:
- Extreme shyness
- Resource-guarding of food, toys, etc
- Too mouthy or has bitten
- Human and/or other dog reactivity
- Separation or Isolation anxiety
In order to keep the dog on the most even keel, which assists with learning, all behavior work is done in and around your home. As the dog improves, field trips are sometimes planned as well.
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There are basic behaviors we all seem to look for:
- Sits and lies down when asked
- Stays until released
- Does not dash through doors but waits nicely
- Walks well on a leash
- Comes when called
- Responds to his/her name
- Quite simply - a dog that is nice to have around
All training formats include information on how dogs think, how to read a dog’s body language, and how dogs think; management techniques; agreed-upon obedience exercises; information on nutrition, and much more.
Depending on the class and class level, humans and their dogs will learn basic behaviors such as housebreaking, crate training, sit, down, stay, come, walking nicely on a leash, and working for therapy-dog certification. Advanced work will strengthen these behaviors and include additional behaviors built upon the foundation of the basics.
Private lessons are ideal for those with hectic schedules or schedules that may vary from week to week. Our meetings are scheduled to fit your schedule and are spread out based upon your dog’s progress. Private lessons are also appropriate for dogs that may have difficulty with attention in a group-class environment. In a private class, the concentration is on your specific goals. As private lessons are conducted in and around your home, other family members are welcome to join and learn.
In order for each human/dog team to receive proper attention and personalized assistance, group classes are limited to no more than 6 human/dog teams. It is not the common practice to limit enrollment to such a small group, but the results support the limitation.
Classes include: Puppy Start Right Class including AKC Star Puppy, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Manners, Therapy Dog training/Canine Good Citizen, and Introduction to Canine Sports
This format is for those who wish to have a well0behaved dog but simply do not have the time to work with the dog. I come to your home 2-3 times a week to work with your dog. We meet once a week to go over what your dog has learned and how to take over training and using those behaviors yourself.
Board and Train
Board and train is for people who want a well-behaved dog and are in a situation where having a young and untrained dog in the house is causing undue stress. I usually limit this type of training to puppies/young dogs that have no issues with other dogs or people. The dog is not kept in a kennel, but comes into my house to learn house manners, housebreaking, and basic behaviors. The usual stay is a minimum of 2 weeks and is often chosen by families going on vacation.
All training is based upon force-free, positive reinforcement methodology. Call for current classes, pricing, and location.