Create a go-anywhere do-anything dog
It’s challenging to navigate this human world if you’re a dog: leashes that interfere with normal walking and greeting, areas that are off-limits for peeing, and a lot of people that don’t appreciate your enthusiastic doggy jumping to say hello. Dogs don’t just have to learn the skills to fit in, they have to learn how to do them in all sorts of strange and weird environments and will all sorts of bizarre things going on around them. Our job is to give our dogs those few core behaviors to navigate the world, and then show them that these behaviors apply everywhere they go.
Here’s some important things to know…
Keep it simple. Good training is not about learning a whole bunch of commands, it is about getting our dogs really good at doing a few commands no matter what is happening or where.
Speed is step-by-step. It’s easy to rush ahead in the training process and end up with a confused dog that does not understand what’s expected of them. Lay a clear foundation so that progress from there is quick and easy.
Hit the road. Once you have those few simple behaviors established, time to pack up and move. The biggest training challenge we face is getting our dog to understand how to perform behaviors reliably no matter what. And the more we do, the easier it will be for our dogs to generalize in the future.
First, check out this article I wrote called What Every Good Dog Needs to Know
If you have a puppy looking for training, click here to check out our puppy training programs.
Now, on to the programs…
Cool Dog Life Skills
This class is for teen/young adult dogs and is a continuation of Puppy Life Skills or a similar program. This class really dives into what it takes to shape a truly great dog through exercise and games that target emotional-control, focus, and build the communication skills you’ll need to handle future life with your dog.
This class is very outside-the-box, introducing concepts from agility and other dog sports. It is recommended that you have some experience working with me before enrollment, as this is not your average dog obedience class.
Suitable for dogs six months to two years at start.
All of our group training takes place at Eastside Veterinary Associates of Newcastle.
One-on-one training on the Eastside
I do limited one-on-one training for Bellevue, Issaquah, and the Greater Eastside area.
Topics I work with include…
- In-home puppy training
- Leash walking and leash reactivity (barking and lunging on leash)
- Dog-dog aggression
- Common behavior issues: barking, digging, resource guarding, etc.
- Behavioral training: aggression towards people, obsessive or intermittently occurring behaviors, and behaviors that are intense and/or difficult-to-interrupt or manage currently.
The best way to find out about options and availability is to contact me directly so that I can do ask questions, get to know you and your situation, and suggest some paths to take from there.