Individualized 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 thinks YOU are the greatest human 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. Force is practically never needed and can make the situation worse. There is another way.
Where does it happen? Place is determined by what's most effective for your dog at each phase of training. We work in your home, my office in Cotati, out on the town or the dog gets to come home with me for a while to work out his or her glitches. The new option is Day Training in Cotati at Little Friends Pet Hotel. Drop your Brainy Dog off in morning, pick up a Brainer Dog later in the day.
How much time does it take? The amount of time depends on several factors. How much time do you have to practice the exercises? 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.
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 new behaviors that will give your dogs more pleasure and not drive you so crazy.
This is Possitive Reinforcement Training or better described as Reward Based Training. There are a lot of behavior modification tools in my bag but the most effective is getting your dog to laugh loud and often and enjoy doing what we want them to do! This way they will keep doing what we want.
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 lives 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.
How much does it cost? It costs what you want it to cost. Talk to me. I'll listen. The first phone chat is free. I'll share a few training options based on our conversation.
For Pricing we consider: Time you have to train. Money you're comfortable spending.
Phone consultationsGreat if you have a bit of experience, are comfortable following instructions or feel like you understand your dogs thoughts. Cost low. Time commitment higher.
Private sessions: “Glitch Camp in your own home” may work best for your family. You’ll see how fast your dog can learn once we establish clear communication. Cost medium. Your time commitment medium.
Dog Glitch Camp: Your lives with me and my dogs for a while. This may be the perfect answer. We train every day to work with his or her “Glitches”. This helps your dog get through the hardest parts of his/her issues. Cost higher. Your time commitment lower.
We may create a combination of all three to balance effectivness and your goals.
When can we start? Start dates are schedule dependent.
Private Sessions can start anytime. Call to schedule.
Adventure Boarding Camp usually starts on the first of the month. If you schedule early it can coincide with your family vacation, that is if your dog can't join you. Actually dogs enjoy their own vacation. It helps build independence and confidence.
Day Training in Cotati starts with an interview. Schedule your dogs interview now, no obligation to continue. Don't worry, this is training. Your dog doesn't need to be perfectly behaved to start.
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.