"Life is good when your dog is good." - DRC
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Your dog may well be the most important emotional investment in your life next to your family: You want to get off on the right foot! I would like to help you get on track toward enjoying a wonderful & enduring relationship with your canine best friend.
Dog are canids and we are primates; things that make them feel safe, happy and nourished are different than things that make us feel good. It is important to be able to communicate with our dogs in ways that THEY understand.
For more than three years I worked one-on-one with dog trainer David Crosby learning how to teach folks how to have a great relationship with their dogs. We spent hours out in the field in scent detection work (and have joined other fabulous trainers and teams), many more hours at local parks with clients and their pups, and still more hours planning courses and mentoring high school students in canine behavior and scent detection and Search & Rescue. We also gave 30 free lectures to the community about dog behavior & relationships.
My skill is in my sensitivity. Too tender for tenure in the military, I found a path in teaching yoga, doing Reiki on dogs & humans, and now working with people to help them enjoy their dog(s)!
Our work together requires commitment and willingness to do what it takes. If you are willing to commit, to listen, to try old things in a new way, I may be the right trainer for you.
Dogs work best with structure, consistency, repetition, and familiarity. They work well with appropriate rewards and predictable outcomes. My gift is being able to meet you where you are with your dog and then listen and help you see your goals. I am a strong and sturdy coach for you along the way.
I like to work with the whole dog, not just behaviors. We investigate and find out what factors will make for the best relationship with you. My job is to help you to be clear, present, and consistent for your animal.
Building a meaningful relationship with our dogs begins with training. When we make a sincere effort to engage with our dogs in the way they need us to, it creates a special bond and amazing things occur.
Popular dog trainer Brendan McMillan says that dog training is like martial arts. You don't just take one class, learn how to kick, and then go out and win every opponent; you have to go back and practice again, and again and again, and be willing to change who you are. No small order!
Dogs don't come out of the box ready-made to serve us. Learning how to communicate with dogs in ways that they understand is our first step to building a mutually rewarding and fun relationships.
Barring a medical condition or abuse, if your dog is anxious or aggressive, there is a reason and it often lies on the relationship between the human and the dog (which may have occurred before the dog became yours). I was trained to be able to identify this and to help coach the humans and train the dogs into an experience of calm, respectful companionship.
The first time together will be an Initial Assessment. (There is some paperwork to fill out!) During winter months and Covid, we will take care of the paperwork over email, and then over the phone we will identify the areas you wish to work on and I will get a good idea of the volley between you and your pet. We will meet in person for ab
The first time together will be an Initial Assessment. (There is some paperwork to fill out!) During winter months and Covid, we will take care of the paperwork over email, and then over the phone we will identify the areas you wish to work on and I will get a good idea of the volley between you and your pet. We will meet in person for about an hour, and I will leave you with some useful tips and homework. Perhaps one session is all you need or maybe you will like to keep regularly scheduled lessons to keep improving and enjoying and deepening the relationship with your dog. The fee for this is $150 for the Initial Assessment and first session, and $110 thereafter, and the tax is included.
This option is offered for current clients as an occasional or ongoing follow-up. We can talk on the phone or use Zoom. The fee is $90, and the Tax is included.
We currently have three strays who are in need of initial vet visits, dental work and neutering. Donations of any amount are appreciate, and donations of $25-$150 are extra helpful, too. Thank you --