What is Individualized Dog Training? Individualized Training takes your dog's personality, likes and dislikes, history, recent events, medical evaluations and other factors to design a plan for the dog that loves you, more than anyone else on the planet.
Fear, separation issues, anxiety, aggression, cat chasing, even difficult potty training can be treated peacefully and respectfullly. Please do not use forceful methods on your animals. There is another way.
Where does it happen? We work in your home, my office, out on the town or the dog gets to come home with me for a while to work out his or her glitches. "Housesit 'n train" is available when appropriate. Place is determined by what's most effective for your dog at each phase of training.
How much time does it take? The amount of time depends on several factors. How much time do you have to practice the exercises? The age of your dog. Don't worry, old dogs can learn new tricks. How many weeks, months or years has the issue presented itself? Answers to these questions and a few more will determine the approximant length of duration. Don’t worry, this is Individualized Training, we find a balance between money, time, schedules and energy.
How much does it cost? Cost is determined by time and where we train. I have a package for all budgets or at least suggestions on where you can find the help you need.
Ask about the "pay what you can plan". I love this plan. I tell you what full price would be (I do need to make a living), you tell me what you can afford and what’s going on with your dog. I come up with a plan to meet your budget. It may not be complete dog training, but it can get you through the tough spots.
What are the methods? This is all about figuring out how your dog thinks, what he or she believes is true and creating a way to communicate a new behavior that will give your dog more pleasure. There are a lot of behavior modification tools in my bag but pain is not one of them. Getting your dog to laugh is!
Who we work with? You don’t need to be a super human to train your dog. You don’t even need to be “smarter” than your dog (chuckle). I prefer to work with your dog and the whole family, but I know sometimes that is not possible, so the more the merrier. Got a dog sitter or dog walker? They are welcome as well. Everyone who live or works with the dog should be included if possible. I work with all ages including kids and teenagers and I love diverse humans and multi-cultural dogs.
We also work with your Veterinarian when appropriate. Medical issues can contribute to behavior issues. We must make sure everything is okay on the nutrition and medical front to be successful changing behavior
Who is the trainer? Brainy Dog is a local company in Sonoma County, California. I am Sherry Clark, owner and trainer. In a small town in Missouri at nine years old I accidently trained my Dachshund, Dixie with an ice cream cone and became the neighborhood dog trainer. Little did I know that "positive reinforcment" was real science and that I would embrace later in life. Adult hood took me to engineering management carrier but I never forgot dog training and quit 20 years later to go to school and start my own dog training company, Brainy Dog. Professional and certified now since 2001 Brainy Dog has helped hundreds of dogs and many more humans to understand just how Brainy their dogs really are. School never stops for me, there are always new studies to review, reward based techniques to embrace and behaviorists to visit and learn from. l'm glad to be in Sonoma County and looking forward to meeting you and your dogs.
When can we start? Start dates are schedule dependent. I Usually start camp on the first of the month, but private sessions can start anytime. Have a plan for vacation? Schedule early to hold the spot for training or “Adventure Boarding Camp”.
Now, tell me about your dogs I actually answer the phone and return enquires quickly. If you don't hear from me, please call again. Communication devices are not perfect.