A well-trained dog is a happier dog!

Some of the issues I can work on with you and your dog:

  • Basic obedience (sit, stay, down, wait, drop)
  • Puppy socialization
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Leash reactivity (barking and lunging while on leash)
  • Leash manners (pulling)
  • Crate training
  • Potty Training
  • Chewing, destructive behaviors
  • Begging
  • Jumping/rude greetings
  • Excessive barking
  • Inter-dog behavior (manners at the dog park)
  • Resource guarding
  • Separation anxiety
  • Reactivity to runners, bicycles, skateboards, scooters

 

What is "force-free" dog training?

 

Force-free dog training means that I only use positive reinforcement in training. Positive reinforcement usually means treats, but can also include praise and play as a reward. 

I DO NOT employ the use of fear or intimidation, pain or physical punishment, or aversive equipment such as pinch collars, shock collars, or choke chains.

For more reading on force-free training methods, read this handout from the Pet Professional's Guild.

How long will it take?

This is how it works: 

  • You will fill out a fairly detailed online questionnaire so I can learn more about your situation and your goals. 
  • We schedule a 60-minute consult at your house for me to meet your dog, see how s/he interacts with your family and with new people (me). We may also go on a short walk so I can observe your dog outside. 
  • I follow-up with an email detailing our course of action/plan. You can also email or call with questions after our consult.
  • Depending on how well everyone responds (and how much you are willing to work with your dog), if needed we can schedule further sessions.

Some dogs and their people only need to meet with me once, while others require more help.

Unfortunately, there is no exact timeline I can give you in advance. It will depend on the nature of the issue, how long your dog has been practicing the unwanted behavior, your dog's previous training, and your personal willingness and commitment to training.