Dog Behavior Training and Communication
I believe that when we learn to listen to and understand our dogs, we can create a life changing connection with them. Based on that belief, I provide my clients with dog training that creates a deeper relationship of mutual respect and cooperative partnership.
Dogs trained using positive reinforcement strategies become partners whose willing cooperation is reliable because it is achieved without coercion. Teaching our dogs should be an extension of the caring relationship we have with them. Training becomes an adventure with our canine companions, and just as we listen to them…they listen to us.
Similarly, dog behavior modification training is based on solid scientifically proven behavior analysis evaluation, a combination of operant and classical conditioning that considers not just the actual behavior, but why the behavior is occurring and what consequence reinforces the behavior, causing it to be repeated. When a certified trainer evaluates why behaviors occur, they can help to find solutions to changing undesirable behaviors.
Dog training may involve teaching good manners and behaving properly in our world, or may involve addressing problem behaviors such as aggression, reactivity, separation anxiety, phobias and fears. At Sirius Positive Dog Training, every dog is viewed as an individual and receives training recommendations and training plan designed specifically for that dog.
I invite you to start the journey!
Michele has trained in both the US and abroad. For more information, see the About Me page.
Training is designed with you and your pet in mind. Whether you want to work with a newly arrived dog or an established canine family member successful training includes working with both you and your dog. Training options including private lessons in your home, or board and train at my facility followed by lessons with you in your home. I can also help you plan for a new canine addition to your family including where to find a suitable dog and how to assess if a certain dog or breed is right for you or your family.
Our initial session will consist of a consultation at your home and evaluation of your dog, which typically lasts 1-2 hours. During this visit we will discuss your concerns and goals, I will get to know you and your dog, and we can discuss training options. Regardless of whether you are trying to start a puppy off on the right paw, teaching basic manners and cues, working toward Canine Good Citizen Certification, or trying to address problem behaviors (such as housebreaking, destructive chewing, poor manners on leash, reactivity, etc.), we can formulate a plan for you and your dog.
Many dogs exhibit problem behaviors that are undesirable. These can include separation anxiety; fear of other dogs, people or situations; excessive reactivity toward people or other dogs; resource guarding; etc. These issues often can be eliminated or improved using behavior modification and training. Fear free and positive training approaches are used to help dogs and their families.
Board and Train
A popular option for a more accelerated training is the board and train option; boarding at my home includes daily training. If you are planning travel or need help with training, consider the board and train opportunity. This option includes follow up training with you, so that the skills your dog has learned with me transfer to you and your home environment. Spaces are limited to 2-3 dogs at a time, as this board/train is a home live-in environment for each dog.
Contact me today and see how I can help you and your pet.