My classes and private "coaching" sessions are to help your dog be as well educated in the difficult subject of living with people as he can be. I try to balance the dog's personality with the owner's needs and wants and make them happy, together. It's tough to have a dog that drives you crazy, even though you love her to death. Aggression toward other animals and/or people, jumping on friends, stealing things off the counter, dragging you down the street on a "walk", barking, and even causing a scene with other dogs, impact both yours and your dog's quality of life. You simply can't enjoy each other as much as you should.
I'm available to come to your home and coach you and train your dog in problems specific to you. We will get results and give you the tools to continue to build good behaviors.Private coaching sessions deal with aggression, to both people and dogs, new puppy visits, manners in the house, manners on leash and choosing the right dog or puppy for your family. Click here, to send me an email regarding private sessions.
But, mostly, I share my 30+ years of professional experience with dogs as both a trainer and veterinary technician and my many years of "translating" for them, with their owners and families and others who need to interact with them. I'll give you tips on how to exercise, feed, incorporate training into your daily life, with them, how to spot bad behavior and fix it before it becomes bad habit and how to help your dog negotiate through our crazy and confusing world, with your rules and guidance.
Puppies should start learning family dog skills at a very early age. Teaching the puppy what to do, instead of just reacting to bad behavior as it occurs, can save you from having to teach remedial skills when they become adults (not to mention the hours of anguish over the chewed up furniture, ruined carpets, bite marks on your arms and re landscaped yard!). Puppy classes are very important and cover all kinds of manners, housebreaking, handling, biting, jumping, and whatever else you need to talk about, in class.
Puppy classes take advantage of a very important time for pups to learn to play with dogs that look different from their littermates and become familiar with all things new (which is pretty much everything to your puppy) and, best of all, they are FUN!
Adolescent dogs from 4 months to 18 months, are their own special puzzle. Also known as "Juvenile Delinquents", they become more loving and, often, more cooperative except for the times they just turn and walk away, completely ignoring you. In the adolescent classes, you'll learn how to insist that they do what you ask, without pain or fear. You'll also learn about different developmental phases and what they mean in your day to day life with your dog.
Just like people, many dogs start exhibiting some bad behavior around 5 or 6 years old. It makes us wonder what the heck happened to our trustworthy, reliable companion.
They are good, even great dogs. So we stop working with them. We stop challenging them. They need new activity and challenges.
YES! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! You CAN get your dog to come when called and you CAN get your dog to walk nicely on a leash.You can have a happier, more cooperative dog that is a pleasure to show off.
Dogs of all ages benefit from training more advanced skills like tricks and even competitive games. My new K9 Nose Work class is great for dogs that need a job; no special equipment is needed, no huge training fields, you don't even have to do much homework! This is a new dog sport modeled on detection dogs like Search and Rescue, bomb detection, and customs dogs. It's great for dogs that really need an outlet, dogs that are not friendly to other dogs or people, fearful dogs, hyper dogs, and even dogs with physical disabilities. It's also great for dogs that are fun loving and just want a new game.
And it's fun for owners, too!You'll learn to read your dog and let your dog be a dog. You'll see all of the dogs working harder and harder to find their "prey". It will enhance your relationship with your dog by teaching you to trust each other in ways you've never experienced.
Looking for something different? How about teaching your dog to cooperate with you even in the toughest times? Try Tricks and Games, a super fun and challenging class where we do exactly what the title says.