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During the first meeting, I evaluate your dog and your situation as well as spend time giving you appropriate strategies for starting to manage and work toward resolving your dog's issues. For some this will be enough time to address the problems you may be experiencing.


Dog Training Basics

The basics can help you teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash, come when called and teach or improve reliability on cues such as sit, down, stay, leave-it and other behaviors that are important to you. I will also go over how dogs learn and offer creative ideas on how you can satisfy your dogs mental and physical stimulation needs.  These sessions are designed to train your dog the core commands in addition to addressing and preventing bad dog behaviors.

The areas included are:

  • Introduction to Positive Training

  • Understanding Canine Behavior

  • Attention Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Leave It, Take it, Drop it, Wait, Off, Loose Leash Walking

  • Real-life outdoor meet-and-greets …some arranged with my own dog or other dog’s in different stages of training who are friendly, healthy & current on vaccinations.

  • Preventing/Resolving Common Behavior Issues, e.g. jumping, nipping, barking

  • Consistency Amid Distractions


Puppy Training ~ (pups six months or younger)

I recommend training puppies as soon as possible, within a few days of their entering your home. Most pups enter their new homes at eight to 12 weeks of age. If you start young and you let your pup know that there are rules which are consistently followed in your home from the beginning, you can prevent many bad habits and serious issues from developing later on. Behaviors such as:

  • Puppy and breed selection based on your lifestyle (before you get a dog) Puppy- and dog-proofing your home

  • Housetraining, potty training, inappropriate elimination- Crate training

  • Separation problems

  • Obtaining your pup's focus and attention- Coming when called – name recognition

  • Inappropriate jumping on you or on your guests - Barking

  • Encouraging your pup to walk on a loose leash without pulling

  • Door manners- prevention your dog from bolting

  • Resource guarding (food / toy possessiveness) – Fearful or shy dogs

  • Proper socialization to other people and other dogs

  • Playing with appropriate toys in the appropriate manner

  • Dropping items when asked to - leaving items alone when asked to. mouthing and puppy nipping,  encouraging pups to use their mouths gently


For Maintenance & Advanced Skills 

  • If your dog's good manners are slipping or your therapy/service animal needs some added skills we can.  Improve leash walking, working amid distractions.  Push your training to a higher level with working from a distance, down on recall, and longer stays.

  • Gain control and master the skill of loose leash walking. Practice amid varying distractions and acquire new skills while playing fun leash walking games.  


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