We offer dog and puppy classes in a group or private training format & use positive dog training methods, socialization and fun games
 
 
 
 
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I have been entranced with animals my whole life. Before going to church or school mom would frisk me to make sure I didn’t have a bottle of bugs in my pocket.

I have been entranced with animals my whole life. Before going to church or school mom would frisk me to make sure I didn’t have a bottle of bugs in my pocket.

“Paisley” taught me the needs of the sensitive dog. The dog that will shut down in fear or if stressed out. Such a sweet, sensitive dog. Many of my competition friends would have placed “Paisley” in another home. Instead, I learned how to build his confidence and how to teach him, how to have fun.

“Paisley” taught me the needs of the sensitive dog. The dog that will shut down in fear or if stressed out. Such a sweet, sensitive dog. Many of my competition friends would have placed “Paisley” in another home. Instead, I learned how to build his confidence and how to teach him, how to have fun.

I grew up training and showing dogs and each dog I have owned has taught me different lessons.  My first dog “Little Bit” taught me training requires effort, clear communication, patients & consistency. I learned if we won a prize, it is the dog who won and if we did poorly, it was I who failed.

I grew up training and showing dogs and each dog I have owned has taught me different lessons.

My first dog “Little Bit” taught me training requires effort, clear communication, patients & consistency. I learned if we won a prize, it is the dog who won and if we did poorly, it was I who failed.

“Willow” was my first rescue dog, adopted at 5 years of age. This gorgeous girl taught me the needs of a rescue dog and how to successfully help them transition into a new home. It was “Willow” that taught me how to take adult dog with little to no history of education and to start it at the beginning and build the trust and education from square one.

“Willow” was my first rescue dog, adopted at 5 years of age. This gorgeous girl taught me the needs of a rescue dog and how to successfully help them transition into a new home. It was “Willow” that taught me how to take adult dog with little to no history of education and to start it at the beginning and build the trust and education from square one.

“Flury” the first dog I owned as a adult gave me a whole new perspective. “Flury” taught me about raising a dog with young children in the house and how frustration & misconceptions cause many dogs to be euthanized or placed up for adoption. “Flury” was one of the lucky ones, he did not loose his home but only because we worked through his problems. Was it frustrating, yes! But it was also very rewarding.

“Flury” the first dog I owned as a adult gave me a whole new perspective. “Flury” taught me about raising a dog with young children in the house and how frustration & misconceptions cause many dogs to be euthanized or placed up for adoption. “Flury” was one of the lucky ones, he did not loose his home but only because we worked through his problems. Was it frustrating, yes! But it was also very rewarding.

“Guess” was my second rescue dog. Oh my gosh, “Guess” gave me so many gifts. Adopted at 2 years of age, with compulsive disorder and highly reactive to other dogs “Guess” taught me how to teach a dog that calmness was an option.

“Guess” was my second rescue dog. Oh my gosh, “Guess” gave me so many gifts. Adopted at 2 years of age, with compulsive disorder and highly reactive to other dogs “Guess” taught me how to teach a dog that calmness was an option.

Wether dogs are enrolled in group classes or private training, our job is take those struggles and to show families their dog's incredible potential.

Prove it's possible with their dog.

Then we train, train, train, so that the new desirable behaviors stick & become a new desirable habits.

When it comes to changing behavior, we are upfront that there is no magic wand fix. We are upfront about the work it takes to change behavior. And then we give all the care, compassion and empathy necessary to support families and dogs. Our main goal is to help you meet your goals so both you and your dog can live together happily.

We Use Positive Reinforcement Training Methods

Training is at its best when dynamic scientific and humane training methods  are implemented for teaching both the owner and dog.    We never use techniques that cause pain, fear or stress (choke chains, pinch, shock collars or physical or verbal corrections). This also means you will be treated warmly, with kindness and in a friendly fashion. Although owners learn how to train their dog using positive methods, they also learn how to set effective limits and how to humanely change rude behavior.

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 My vast experience is hard to beat with over 37 years experience working with dogs and their people.  This means I know how to get the results you want so you can have a dog you can trust to behave at home and in public.  I have extensive experience working with all types of dogs, their unique difficulties and personalities and my knowledges has been tested by The Certification Counsel For Professional Dog Trainers. 

I believe education of our peers is important:

I have been a speaker at the:

1997, 1998, 1999 - guest speaker on the Lewis & Bark Radio Show
2002 & 2004 Association of Pet Dog Trainers’ Conference. 
2015 - Present - Consultant & Speaker for EWEB & SUB – Dog Safety

I Believe in Continuing Education and have attended:

Behavior Rx The Art of Counseling Pet Owners 3 Day Course - 1993
Looking At Aggression Seminar presented by John Fisher - 1996
Chicken Camp - 2004, 2006
Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference -2000, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2013
Clicker Expo - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
The role of nutrition in behavior therapy by Dr. Lore Haug - 2015
Creating Your Dream Team – with Michelle Pouliot - 2016
Karen Pryor Acadamy - Puppy Start Right Program - 2016
Fenzie Dog Sports Academy Courses - 2017, 2018, 2019