Others do not do what we do. We change your dogs behavior by changing their state of mind, much like you would teach a child what is or is not socially acceptable. We address the root of your dog's unwanted behavior(s) instead of simply changing their body position, for a more lasting, consistent correction. We teach them how to behave without being prompted by a command or a treat.
I love saving animals from potentially going back to a shelter or risking euthanasia due to behavioral issues. I enjoy restoring an owner's confidence in themselves and their dog, and restoring the connection between owner and dog that may have been dwindling or lost. Giving owners that "a-ha" moment when they understand WHY their dog is acting poorly is one of my favorite moments in any of my classes, and then equipping with the tools and confidence they need to take back control is even more rewarding!
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Our first step is getting to know the needs of each client. Every client's situation is different, so we need to tailor our approach to fit each unique situation. We begin with a few questions to get to know our clients' basic needs, and then discuss their specific issues in more detail. Our first meeting consists of approximately four hours of learning and hands-on practice, and then we follow up with our clients following the initial class to ensure success in all areas, and to be able to tweak things that may not be working as well as we'd like them to. Because we offer unlimited follow ups at no charge for every dog's lifetime, we take as much time as is needed to be sure that every client's needs are met.
I have been with this company for approximately 7 years and have received many hours of hands-on and classroom training directly from our CEO, with over 40 years of experience. I receive regular feedback and have regular meetings with our CEO and other behaviorists to be sure that we are continually learning and improving our methods and our ability to help our clients.
Our pricing is customized on a case-by-case basis because every client's needs are different. However, all of our services come with a lifetime of unlimited, free follow ups to be sure that we address all issues, current and that may pop up as life changes, to achieve the best possible outcomes for every dog.
I began working with dogs using obedience methods simply because it was a passion of mine. One of the first rescue dogs that I fostered had significant behavioral issues, and a friend of mine had experience with the company I now work with, so she recommended I try this approach. I did, and it worked, and I immediately looked into how to join the company. I have been following my passion ever since!
I have worked with a wide variety of clients, including dogs with aggression towards humans and dogs, as well as puppies whose owners were hoping to set them up on the best path to ensure happy, well-behaved dogs as they grow up.
The biggest piece of advice that I give clients is to stay away from dominance, fear, and pain-based approaches to training dogs. Dogs want to learn and they want to live happy, healthy lives and get along with the people and other dogs in their environment. We just need to set up the best possible environment and structure for them to be able to do that. We don't need to scare our dogs, shock them, or cause them pain to be able to do that. If the dog is having true behavioral issues, as opposed to just wanting to give a well-behaved dog some new skills, I also recommend staying away from obedience, because that does not address the root causes of the unwanted behaviors, it only addresses the behaviors themselves, which are symptoms of a larger problem. We are behaviorists, so we address the root causes of a dog's behavior, and do not use dominance, fear, pain, or even treats/bribery to accomplish the goal of a happy, well-behaved and well-balanced dog.