Office Phone : 515-337-2753
Office Hours of Operation
Mon-Wed-Fri: 8 AM - 6 pm
Tues-Thur: 8 am - 12 pm
Training Hours of Operation
Training is conducted 7 days a week
Training done off the property Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday- 11 AM to 9 PM
In-home Evaluation: 90 minutes
Our goals during the evaluation session are:
1.To assess your dog's situation, temperament, and responsiveness to reinforcement-based training.
2.To provide you with information about possible causes underlying your dog's behavior;
3.To get a clear sense of your goals.
4.To set you up right away with management solutions that can help prevent the problem behaviors from happening in the first place.
After this consult, I will take what I learn and write up an individualized training plan tailored to fit both your dog's and your family's needs.
Breed and Puppy Selection Consulting
Before you bring home a new dog or puppy, be sure it fits your personality and lifestyle. Too many times, owners get hung up on a specific breed or puppy and bring it home without knowing the breeds general requirements, background, temperament and energy levels. Let us help you select the right dog for your lifestyle. Then we will help you in the selection process when going to pick your new puppy.
Chewing, house-soiling, barking, nipping ... bringing a puppy into your home is a joyous event -- but also sometimes, with more stress and chaos than you maybe were expecting.
For all prospective puppy parents, I highly recommend you spend some time learning as much as you can about puppies before bringing one home. The relationship you build with your puppy from day one is often the relationship you will share for that dog's lifetime.
During the first meeting I will give you all the latest information about how to give your puppy the best possible chances of becoming a polite, happy, healthy, grown up dog. Topics will include:
1. Management: How to keep your puppy from destroying the house, soiling the carpet, jumping on the guests, chewing your shoes, etc.;
2. Reinforcement: The key to all good behavior;
3. Health: Diet, vaccinations, deworming, exercise;
4. Socialization: How to build lifelong confidence through careful, safe exposure to people, other dogs, noises, new situations, etc.;
5. Problem solving for nipping, chewing, jumping up, stealing items, running away, etc.
After this consult I will discuss the Start your puppy right Program
Canine Life Skills for Puppies (2 months to 6 month old)
Puppies need life skills too! This program will introduce you and your puppy to positive rewards based (R+) training methods. It will cover the foundational training and concepts of obedience training plus socialization, house training and separation anxiety strategies.
One Orientation session
Six 60 minutes coaching sessions
Email and phone support
Bite this! (creative solutions for nipping)
Off To See The World! (safe socialization)
Follow Me If You Please (loose leash walking foundations)
Attention 101 (focus focus focus)
All Alone...But I Feel Fine (prevention strategies for separation anxiety)
Helping you insure your puppy is free from aggression towards people
Helping you insure your puppy is free from aggression towards other dogs
Helping you insure your puppy tolerates his/her collar or body harness
Helping you insure you can hug or hold your puppy with trust
Helping you insure your puppy allows you to remove/take away toys or treats
Helping you insure that your puppy allows you to groom him/her
Helping you insure that your puppy learns the foundation for loose leash walking
Helping you insure that your puppy can walk past other people without going crazy
That your puppy can sit on cue
That your puppy can “down” on cue
That your puppy comes (recall) when you call him/her
That your puppy will react appropriately with a distraction that is 15 feet away
That your puppy will allow someone that is not you or a family member to hold him/her on
leash while you walk at least 10 steps away and return, while remaining in the stay position
That your puppy learns impulse control
That your puppy learns go to place/bed/spot
This course is eligible for enrollment into the AKC S.TA.R. Puppy Program
Canine Life Skills 1
1 - Orientation session
6- 60 minute coaching sessions
1- Test day
email and phone support
Don’t let yourself postpone something SO valuable as to the piece of mind that you will have once you leave your home knowing that your home is safe without the worry of coming back to a “surprise left by your dog”. These issues that you might be having will NOT just go away. They need to be worked on, so that they actually do go away.
We train your dog and coach you on your:
Correct Praising Methods
Proper Leash Management
Correct Commanding of Your Dog
"For the Friendship That Last a Lifetime" is our motto, we look forward to helping you and your dog achieve that motto!
Our methods of training dogs are easy, very reliable, and proven to work! We only use positive reinforcement (praising).
We focus on creating an open line of communication between us as humans and our dogs.
Our methods of communicating are:
Cues that are included in Canine Life Skills-1 are:
Down (lay down)
Heel (box work)
Bed (go to place)
Off (no jumping on people or things)
Your dog experience should be a pleasant one. Living with a dog should not be stressful, therefore, let’s not get frustrated with this experience and let’s make it enjoyable. Don’t let yourself say “NO” to something so important to the peace of mind that we can create in your household. We Guarantee you will be excited with your dog!
You will receive a certificate of training upon completion and possible eligibility for Canine Life Skills 2.
Canine Life Skills 2 (Bachelors Program)
Canine Life Skills 2 (Bachelors Program)
(Prerequisites for this Course are: Completion of canine life skills 1, Canine Life Skills Puppy, or your Dog must be able to test out of Basic Obedience cues).
1 - Orientation session
6 - 60 Minute coaching sessions
1 - Test Day
This package focuses on-one-on one training with your dog and family members. We coach while you train. We work with you and your dog to ensure proper cues, moments, and instruction that will aid in great communication between you and your dog.
Canine life skills 2 expands on the variety of setting and situations to include the 3 D's (distance, duration, and distraction) that you and your dog received in life skills 1 and life skills puppy. Canine Life Skills 2 places a big emphases on Recall (coming when called) and Loose Leash Walking (LLW).
Cues that are included in Canine Life Skills-2 are:
Down (lay down)
Loose Leash Walking
One thing is to have your dog trained immediately and the other thing is to have your dog continue to pay attention to your commands for the years to come. With this package you will get just that. That peace of mind is really something so valuable that you as a dog owner should not pass up.
Canine Life Skills 3 (Masters Program M.A.)
Canine Life Skills 3(Master's Program)
(Prerequisites for this Course are: Completion of canine life skills 2, or your Dog must be able to test out at appropriate level
1 - Orientation session
6 - 60 Minute coaching sessions
1 - Test Day
This package continues the focus on one-on-one training with your dog and family members. We coach while you train. We work with you and your dog to ensure proper cues, moments, and instruction that will aid in great communication between you and your dog.
Canine life skills 3contiues to expand on the variety of setting and situations to include the 3 D's (distance, duration, and distraction) that you and your dog received in life skills 1 & 2. Canine Life Skills 2 places a big Loose Leash Walking (LLW) and everyday life distractions.
Cues worked on during Canine Life Skills-3 are:
Sit - in heel position, with duration, with distance, with duration and distractions, with distance and distractions.
Down (lay down) -in heel position, with duration, with distance, with duration and distractions, with distance and distractions.
Go To place - Duration, sending from a distance, duration w/ distractions, distance w/ distractions.
Come (recalls) - discriminate come front with come heel, w/ distractions, w/ distance and distractions.
Impulse control - past food (leave it), meet & Greet other people, meet & greet other dogs, meet & greet in heel, walking through crowds.
Loose Leash Walking - distance, distance w/ distractions
M.A. - Wait in Car till released, handling by people, walk past other dogs, stay in down w/ other dogs around, Trick of your choice.
Canine Life Skills (PhD)
Information coming soon
My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.
My Dog Has C.L.A.S.S.” is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the dog owners' understanding of basic dog handling and care.
there is a BA, an MA, and a PHD level.
The program, through its evaluation, curriculum, and training resources, advocates the use of reward-based training. Positive, reward-based training minimizes the use of punishment and is fun for you and your dog!At its core, C.L.A.S.S. is an educational tool, providing resources that promote understanding in dog training methods that focus on using positive reinforcement. Canine Life And Social Skills is not just about training dogs; it is about training people, too. Education is essential, as dog behavior is often misunderstood, and myths have been perpetuated regarding their behavior. Dogs are not furry little people, and problems can arise when humans apply human characteristics to explain dog behavior. Dogs should be studied and understood as a distinct species.
C.L.A.S.S., through its evaluation, curriculum, and training resources, advocates the use of reward-based training. Positive, reward-based training minimizes the use of punishment and is fun for you and your dog! C.L.A.S.S. promotes healthy relationship-based training, training in which the communication is two-way, the mutual trust is strong, and the student (i.e. dog owner) gets to know the dog as an individual to help him reach his potential. It is training that is instructive, telling the dog, without anger or force, what we would like the dog to do.
The human tendency is to notice and react when a dog (or person) is doing something we don’t like. Yet we would have much better relationships if we rewarded the dog (and person!) for doing things we do like. Help set the dog up for success by giving feedback and rewards for behavior you like, and by arranging the learning environment to make it easy for the dog to do the appropriate behavior as well as NOT to do the behavior you dislike.
Positive, reward-based training does not mean that your training is indulgent or without restraint. Clear boundaries and rules still need to be set for our canine companions. For one, dogs feel more secure with clear boundaries, because they know what is expected of them. Two, boundaries are necessary to maintain harmony in the human household. With positive, reward-based training methods, those rules and boundaries can be established without creating a confrontational atmosphere.
Strengthen Dog/Student Relationships
Another objective of C.L.A.S.S. is to strengthen relationships between students and their canine companions. A positive approach develops and safeguards harmonious relationships by maintaining a mutual trust between dog and student. The C.L.A.S.S. program strengthens relationships through effective communication, understanding, and quality time spent together.
Effective communication is essential to any relationship. Training is communicating to help a dog learn what we want him to do, not forcing him to do it. Dogs and humans are born speaking different languages. When a dog is brought into a human household, it is up to the human to communicate in a way the dog understands. Similarly, dogs have an expressive and well-developed system of body language for communication. If we expect the dog to listen to us, we should listen to what the dog is telling us.
The dog/student relationship is also strengthened through shared activity. With positive, rewards-based training we spend quality time with the dog, resulting in the dog learning so that he has the social skills to spend more time with people. Dogs are living, emotional beings who thrive on social interaction; they require human attention to be well-adjusted, not to mention to learn appropriate social behavior. A dog left out in the yard is not only deprived of required human attention and a sense of belonging but the skills needed to live with humans, as dogs will do whatever works for them if left to their own devices.
Semi-Private Group Training
Semi-Private Group Classes in your neighborhood, church, school or just a bunch of friends getting together and obedience training their dogs. We will come to your neighborhood and do private specialized classes. The total tuition $150 for each dog with preferably a 3-4 dog minimum.
The dog obedience training will be a 6 week obedience course. These classes are like a party since everyone will most likely know the other students, and is a great way to hold practice sessions with your group between lessons.
If possible dogs will also get a play time at the end to help with socialization which helps to teach them appropriate ways to greet and play with other dogs.
Times and days for dog obedience training and puppy obedience training are tailored to your schedule as much as possible. The dogs will learn in distractions and you will have the convenience of having the class in your neighborhood as well as the class is tailored to your groups needs.
Board and Train Program
For details on the Board and Train program CLICK HERE
Home School Program
( You are a Busy Person, we train your dog while your at work)
Home School Program for Dogs
This is a great option for busy people. After an initial goal-setting evaluation visit, I will come to your house and work with your dog multiple times a week while you are away or at work.
We will then periodically schedule owner-update sessions where I will show you all the cool stuff your dog is learning as well as teach you how to maintain it.
Each dog-only session includes a full written summary of training steps worked on that day as well as recommendations for things you can do at home on your own to maintain the goals for that week
All dogs enrolled in our Home-School Course must have an evaluation first.
Package A: two lesson per week for six weeks
Package B: Three lessons per week for five weeks
Personalized Training Plans
We also specialize in customized training plans and support for significant behavioral issues including leash reactivity, aggression, fearful behavior and separation anxiety. Please contact us to discuss your dogs behavior and set up an in-home evaluation to see how we can help you.
AKC Canine Good Citizen
Follows standards and rules set forth by the American Kennel Club.
Advanced Level the CGCA Title from AKC
What is AKC Community Canine?
AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.
As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.
All skills on the test are tested on leash. The AKC Community Canine (CGCA) test may be done in a class, at shows, in pet stores or in the community. When the test is administered in community settings such as at a business or special event, evaluators must have the necessary approval of the business owners, etc.
While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.
To earn the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must meet the following two requirements:
1. Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record at AKC.
2. Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles to the dog's number. For more information on getting an AKC number, see: http://images.akc.org/cgc/number.pdf
Training Per Session
one hour session or 90 minute sessions.
If we can modify and stop the behavior in a short amount of time. Or if you would prefer to go session by session, instead of purchasing a package.
Do you wish you had a dog that ... Walks on leash without pulling or lunging? Only barks a couple of times to announce an intruder and then quiets down? Brings you lost items instead of chewing them up? Watches calmly while other dogs or people go by? Lies politely on her bed while you and your family eat dinner? Remembers to potty outside instead of on the rug? And above all, comes joyously when you call, each and every time?
Yes! It is possible. Although dogs will be dogs no matter how well trained, once you have completed our basic training, you'll be all set to begin putting those new skills to good use in real life contexts!
... And now, through our new membership Rewards Program, you are invited to repeat Skills In Context as often as you like for as long as you like until you feel you have truly met your goals!
Examples of Critical Skills Lesson:
• Basic Manners:
• Polite Greetings
• Pleasant Walks
• Come! Here! Now! (Recalls revisited)
• Love That Vet
• Brushes, Clippers, Bath Time--Oh my! (Grooming and handling)
• Stay Until OKAY! (The power of release cues)
• Wait at Doorways
• Crate Love
Your dog has completed training and you would like us to come out and work with him/her to reinforce already completed training or for some additional training
Each follow up session: 90 minutes
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