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Pet Manners: Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, we can help you train your pet to become the dog you’ve always dreamed about. We’ll help you with socialization, obedience training, problem solving, and more so you can have a lifelong companion you can be proud to take anywhere.

Dog Selection: Looking to bring a new family member home? We can help you find the best match! Whether you decide to go to a breeder or rescue a dog, we’ll make sure you wind up with the right fit for your situation.

Fun with your dog: From riding a skateboard in Tricks class to playing Musical Bones in Beginning Obedience, we believe that training should be fun for both ends of the leash! We never recommend painful or scary training techniques, and know that effective training begins with kindness.

CGC and Therapy dogs: Does your dog love people? Do you love helping others? We can help you train your dog to pass the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog exams.

Agility: Our agility instructors compete (and win!) at a national level, and are passionate about the sport. Whether you want to attend classes just for fun or dream of competing, our agility classes are the best around.

Advanced Obedience:  Whoever said that training obedience couldn’t be fun hasn’t attended our classes! Rally and Competitive obedience classes focus on precision, accuracy, and a positive attitude for dogs who love to work.

Personalized help: Dealing with a behavior problem, or just want some personalized help? We’re here for you! Private consultations are available on a flexible schedule to fit with your busy life.

Aggression: Whether your dog is protective, predatory, or just plain doesn’t like people or other dogs, we have years of experience rehabilitating dogs with just these issues. Our techniques are humane, safe, and scientifically sound.

Fear or Anxiety: Your dog doesn’t have to live in fear. We can help you with socialization and confidence building, rescue dogs, anxiety issues, noise phobias, recovery from traumatic situations, and overall stress reduction.

10 responses to “More Information

  1. Our 11 year old Labrador suffers severe anxiety attacks were she stresses by really heavy panting, ripping carpets etc. This is usually as a result of noises, fireworks, thunder, wind and rain whilst in our motor-home, sport on the TV etc which causes attacks lasting sometimes hours. Is there a medication available? When not having attacks she is excellent and still loves her walks, suggestions please

    • Hi Steve,

      I cannot give medical advice as I’m not a veterinarian, but I would certainly encourage you to take your Lab to the vet and discuss how medication could help her out. It’s likely that training could also be helpful in your case, especially paired with the right medication. I would encourage you to give us a call if you’re in our service area or check out to find a qualified trainer nearby who can assist you in putting together a good behavior modification plan. Good luck!

      Kindest regards,
      – Sara

  2. We recently acquired a new dog (Buster, pit-mix) to be a doggy friend to our 3-yr old corgi-mix Scooby. I find that Scooby is often giving Buster a warning growl, showing his teeth and telling Buster to back off. But often times Buster does not listen and Scooby’s behavior escalates. I don’t leave the two dogs alone together for long periods of time because of this issue. I was wondering if there is something I can do to teach Buster to listen to Scooby’s language.

  3. Hi Sara,
    I’ve really enjoyed your blog since I came across it a few days ago. I was hoping you might have some insight into how I can help a troubled dog in my neighborhood. My closest neighbor has a 10-month old mixed breed (border collie and pit?) dog named Michael who barks incessantly when I walk by with my dog, when my dog is in the corner of our yard where he can see her, or when there are other animals, joggers, or bikers in the area His owner often responds by screaming streams of obscenities at the dog and telling him to shut up, which has no effect. Michael is fenced constantly due to concerns about mountain lions in the area, and exercised infrequently as far as I can tell. When I’ve met him in the neighbor’s home and on leash, he seems afraid of people, cowering behind his owner and barking loudly. His owner has tried to force him into on-leash interactions with me and my dog, with which Michael was clearly uncomfortable, and in which I refused to participate. Michael has accepted treats from me on occasion when I calmly approached and offered them slowly. Here’s the question: what can I, as a neighbor, do to help quell this dog’s barking behavior and improve his quality of life, without lecturing and alienating the neighbor? So far I have tried to keep my dog away from his fence by recalling and treating her when she gets too close. I’ve considered offering to take Michael for walks, but I’m not sure I want to take responsibility for an animal who is so unpredictable and unknown to me. I read your guest post about Minnie and the Manners Minder. Would me giving Michael a treat through the fence help condition him against his reactivity? Thanks for the free advice, if you have any.

  4. My siberian husky humps my sister’s boyfriend’s golden retriever everytime he sees or hears me. Seriously, he just hears my voice, runs around the corner and starts humping her. This only happens to me. No one else. He’s not really my dog. He’s my mums. Why does he do this? Is it just a dominance thing? If so, why just me?

  5. I have three pit bulls and they are all from different litter and all different ages . I have a major concern about one of my pits , his name is freckle and he was born deaf and is about 8 months old . When I got him from the a pet shop which I will never do again , he was totally normal and he responded to me and my brother whenever we called him and visit him until I was able to pay for him fully . Once we got home things changed , he didn’t hear anything , he didn’t respond to us calling him or any kind of noise. I really want to know how can we train him to better understand what we want him to do . And want to also know how we can get him and my other pit who’s a girl she’s 7 months to stop ripping and breaking their pads and the trays to their crates . We have tried all the sprays to discourage it but they always end up like it . I really need some advice

    • I adopted my pit mix when he was 7 months old. He has chewed holes in my sofas, 100’s off dollars worth of shoes, clothes, rugs, dog beds (he can ONLY have blankets to sleep on now, NO pillows/dog beds) I had NEVER owned a dog that chewed SO much. Now he is about 13 months. we didn’t even bother with the sprays, i honestly do not believe anything like that would help. We give him kongs to help satisfy his urge to chew. Look up frozen kong recipes. You could start putting her dinner in there, freeze it, it will keep her busy for a LONG time, tire her out, and satisfy her urge to chew. Be patient. I know it is HARD. He has chewed anything and everything he could find. it’s like having an infant. keep everything off the floor, constantly monitor her, every time she has something she is not supposed to chew remove it from her mouth and give a stern NO. Exercise her ALOT, two hours minimum a day. that will help ALOT. set aside time every day to work on basic commands. She needs to be mentally stimulated as well.

  6. We have to keep our 2 male Cane Corso’s completely separated. Vito weighs around 150 lbs. TX weighs around 125. Both are neutered. They are fine with other dogs and people. Our old Chihuahua is the pack leader! Too many injuries,pain and Vet visits following the fights. Once they start fighting, commands are completely ignored.
    Any suggestions? Thanks

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