Dogs

Puppy Training

The complete puppy training program is for puppies under 6 months of age and consists of three or four separate two hour sessions to be completed within a six week period.

The program cost is $300 and includes:

  • An evaluation based on the breed and behavior of your puppy to establish the specific method of training you need to communicate to your pet how to behave in different environments.

This evaluation will provide information about your pet’s specific learning abilities in order to simplify future training as much as possible, allowing for quicker pet-handler communication and development of social skills as well as implementing the most effective methods of discouraging negative behaviors.

  • Potty Training
  • Crate Training
  • Leash Training
  • Teething Assistance
  • Obedience Training
  • Grooming/ Vet Conditioning
  • Child Conditioning
  • Food/ Toy aggression
  • Impulse Control (jumping, barking, etc..)
All other training falls under the hourly rate of $60 and receives a free behavioral analysis on top of your existing questions and concerns.

 

Rescue Dogs

We don’t always get our pets when they are young. Some pets come from other families or the pound with baggage including behavioral problems, trust issues, PTSD, and bad habits that can be difficult to break, especially if they don’t understand our way of communicating. A perpetually confused pet is extremely frustrating to deal with, takes much longer to train, and can easily develop bad habits when trying to figure out what we want from them.

 

Grooming & Vet Conditioning

All dogs need grooming conditioning because while many dogs need regular grooming, every dog needs to be willing to at least tolerate baths, ear cleanings, dental checks, checking paws for injuries, and especially nail trimmings when they get older and can no longer file their nails naturally by running all the time. Also, a dog that tries to bite a veterinarian trying to vaccinate or examine them will need to be muzzled and restrained or, more likely, expensive sedation.  

 

Impulse Control

This training incorporates controlling negative behaviors like leash pulling, whining, jumping, food and toy aggression, fear responses, chewing, biting, playing too rough as well as learning when, where, and how it is appropriate to bark and so much more.

 

Child Conditioning

Conditioning a dog to be around children can be difficult if they didn’t learn what to expect as a puppy, but it is not impossible. Many people are under the impression that they need to find a new home for their dog if they are going to have children, but most dogs can be taught what to expect from children and how to act around them.

The same concept applies to people who have experienced recent injury and need their dog to behave accordingly during the healing process.

 

Socialization

Teaching our dogs how to act around other pets they might meet out in the world is a big step in a pet’s life and will determine how they will act during future introductions inside and outside of the home so it is very important that it be done correctly and with as little drama and negativity as possible. Unfortunately most people choose to do this at dog parks where many untrained and excitable pets can easily become out of control. These new learning experiences become ingrained and can cause many behavioral issues when meeting another animal that has not been socialized properly, resulting in fear, aggression, and confusion about social cues.

Introducing a dog to a home with other pets requires a very specific process based on the individual instincts of all animals involved.

 

Crate Training

 Many people cannot allow their dog full run of the home while away at work, especially during the training process since negative behaviors can turn into bad habits when there is no positive or negative reinforcement. At any age crate training needs to be a gradual process if the dog is going to be accepting of it. A crate should bring feelings of comfort and security because dogs have natural den instincts so it should never be used as a punishment. Crate training helps with issues like potty training, high anxiety, fear related PTSD behaviors, impulse control, and encourages positive travel behavior.

 

Habit Breaking

There are times when we can’t always be home to keep the initial training of our new pet consistent. During these unforeseen busy moments in our lives it is likely they will develop bad habits, but don’t worry. Once things return to a slower pace and these habits become apparent, they can often be corrected in as little as one or two sessions.

 

Guard Dog Training

Guard dogs are trained to alarm and deter. Many dog breeds can be trained to guard, but specific traits need to be considered when looking for physical protection in a guard dog. It is important to speak to a professional BEFORE purchasing or adopting a dog to train for personal protection.

 

Therapy Dog Training

Therapy dogs are not service animals and do not get the same privileges as service dogs who must remain with their handler at all times in order to preform specialized and elaborate tasks. However, dogs with a natural tendency to be calm and friendly can be trained to provide emotional support through affection, comfort, love, and play to people experiencing negativity due to environments such as hospitals and nursing homes, or to people affected by anxiety disorders, autism, and depression.

 

I am not licensed to give advice related to veterinary medicine. However, as a certified veterinary assistant I am permitted to determine if your dag needs to see a veterinarian, give advice on exercise or dietary needs, and I can provide ear cleaning and nail trimming services for a $10 fee.

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