Dog Training and Behavior Modification

Dog Training and Behavior Modification

Why train your dog?

There are so, so many reasons! We all want a dog who's a great family member who loves us and obeys our rules: One who doesn't soil the house, get into the trash, embarrass us in public, knock over visitors at the door or drag us down the street on our walks. But how can we explain our human rules to them? One of the basic things we know about dogs, is that they don't speak English (or Spanish, or French, or Chinese..) they speak DOG!

While we learn though our spoken and written languages, they learn about the world through their senses, from actual cues in their environment; by observing us through our body language, by smelling things we can't smell, listening to sounds we can't hear, being outdoors in all seasons or just sleeping in the sun. This means we can use our dogs' amazing sensory awareness to teach them what we want them to know, to better understand and live in our world. Showing them, and letting them use their amazing senses to learn, is always be better than telling them!

Positive, training and behavior modification sessions teach your dog to trust you to keep him safe, to listen reliably, follow your directions and to know that doing what you ask is what's best for him. All training and Behavior services begin with an initial, in-home consultation, to learn more about your goals and your dogs' challenges, develop an individual plan for solving those challenges and only use force-free, dog-friendly methods to solve your "dog problems".

Gentle, Effective Dog Training and Behavior Modification Services:

  • All Personalized Training and Behavior Modification plans include an initial 8 week plan and additional assessment midway through to adjust to your dogs' progress.
  • "Good manners" basic training to improve your dogs' current performance.
  • New Dog 101: 6-week or 8 week sessions, to teach all the basics.
  • Single-session problem-solving (like walking without pulling, coming when called and potty training)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen training and testing, focusing on polite social behavior when out in public.
  • Treibball classes and workshops
  • Email and phone consultations
  • Remote counseling sessions through video and Skype, for out-of-area clients.

Discounts are available for recent fosters/adopters of recognized MD/VA rescue groups.