Basic obedience enables you to communicate with your dog and this, in turn, builds a bond. The bond is key to good training and a good life together. Your dog should not fear you; he/she should love, trust, and respect you. And, teaching him/her how to behave using positive teaching methods will build and solidify your bond. Basic obedience is a first important step and usually starts while your dog is a puppy but that doesn't mean it can't happen later; it absolutely can!
Puppy training includes LOTS of socialization work; I call it my puppy “experience” offering because it goes far beyond teaching him/her to "sit" or "stay". In other words, it isn’t just obedience training: it includes socialization, training, in home, out of the home, leash training, interactions with people and animals, and everything you can imagine your puppy might come across in his/her daily life. My goal is to get the pups off on the right paw so that they can grow up to be happy, confident, safe adult dogs that are a joy to have around.
The puppy stage is a critically important time for learning all about the world. It doesn't last too long and taking on the responsibilities during this stage can feel intense and overwhelming for the human pet guardian. I can help make this stage a positive experience that will last a life time.
Why is the world is my dog acting like this?!? Like puppyhood, the dog's adolescent period is another challenging time for many people. Dogs tend to test their owners, their boundaries, rules, etc. They "forget" their training. Many dogs end up in shelters during this relatively short period in the dog's life but it doesn't have to be that way. Like puppyhood, it doesn't last too long and, like puppyhood, I can help you navigate this stage so that everyone comes through it with smiles on your faces (and, wagging tails).
I can help you if your dog has issues related to possession, territoriality, walking on leash, anxiety, prey drive. These challenging behaviors can have a huge and negative impact on your relationship with your dog and even your relationships with other people. Uncorrected, or at least modified and managed, the above issues can often restrict people's ability and right to relax, to socialize, and even their freedom; daily life can be severely affected. I can help you understand and modify these challenging behaviors. When a dog is making a negative behavioral choice, my goal is to help the dog learn an alternative, thereby modifying the behavior such that his/her choice changes from a negative into a positive one...in other words, from one that is unacceptable to us to one that is acceptable. So, this goes beyond simply correcting a dog (usually over and over again, which requires constant vigilance and is not really solving the problem) or surrendering and "living" with the issue...to teaching the dog to actually DO something else, to replace the negative choice with a positive one.
Positive teaching techniques help your dog to think and learn...through positive interactions, you and your dog will build a trusting bond based on respect...he/she will learn what you want, how to properly behave...and he/she will want to make you happy because of the love and respect he/she feels towards you. Clear communication and firm boundaries decided upon by a good leader (the human) will result in the best relationship you can have with your dog.