Whether you’re looking to get your puppy socialized, teach your new rescue dog basic skills, or your dog is exhibiting reactive or aggressive behavior, our force-free training program is designed to help resolve all difficult, unwanted behaviors. Transform your dog into a well-mannered, intuitive individual who is a confident and loving member of your family.
Our positive learning plans are customized to fit you and your dog’s unique goals. We understand that every dog learns differently and each owner’s needs are specific. We use a comprehensive training approach that includes all factors of your dog’s diet, exercise, sociability, and mental stimulation in order to make sure your dog is fulfilled and loving learning.
Our program recognizes that canine cognition is a highly researched topic in the animal sciences. We take provable evidence and our practical experience to coach you on how to foster a trusting relationship with your pup. Our fear-free principle is to bridge the communication between you and your dog.
The first 16 weeks of your pup’s life are a critical development stage. In addition to potty training, nipping/teething, destructive chewing, crate training, digging, and other puppy behaviors, we work on shaping your puppy to be amicable with a variety of personalities of dogs and people, so that he may join our pack walks in the future with ease and confidence.
Focusing on getting your puppy exposed to new places, sounds, textures, colors, and objects is just as important as exposure to new people and dogs. The key is to do this exploring in a safe way that won’t risk harming your puppy’s fragile immune system. The more safe opportunities we give your pup to explore the world and think critically, the more likely your dog will be able to make healthy, thoughtful decisions on his own throughout his whole life.
Basic Skills Training
Having your dog learn the essential manners in and out of the home are crucial to having a compatible relationship with your pet. Counter-surfing, meeting new guests at the door, jumping on you or strangers, door bolting, barking at neighbor dogs through the fence, barking at the doorbell, being gentle around young kids, digging, and destructive behaviors are all some of the many behavioral fixes our program can address.
We also have many creative techniques to get your dog loose leash walking by your side around the neighborhood, at the park, and even at the busy pier. Our motto with these behaviors as well as all the basic obedience behaviors is “as little micromanaging as possible.” Have a dog who is intuitive and offers you desired behaviors before you even ask for them.
Aggression & Reactivity
Whether your dog barks and lunges at strangers’ dogs on walks or he growls and becomes defensive with strangers in the home, we know that aggression and reactivity in your dog can be hard to understand and fix. Our training is two-fold. First, we desensitize what your dog perceives as a threat. Second, we equip you and your dog with the necessary coping mechanisms to better handle stress in the future.
Our techniques modify your dog’s behavior from the inside outward: we treat the emotions motivating the behaviors first, and then show the dog what alternative behavior is appropriate. Leash reactivity, dog-dog aggression, dog-human aggression, resource guarding, territoriality, separation anxiety, timidity, and noise sensitivity can all be rehabilitated with positive reinforcement strategy and understanding.
Based on what type of training you and your pup need, we begin with an in-home evaluation to assess behavior and training goals.
Puppy Training Evaluation (1 hour) - $100
General Obedience (1 hour) - $100
Aggression & Reactivity (1.5 hours) - $150