Your first session will be a complete 60-90 minute, in person consultation. I will interact with your dog and assess your dog's behavior as well as discuss with you, what your goals are for your dog and possible training plans. For behavioral modification cases, you may expect the entire consultation to be mostly or all conversation and answering detailed questions about specific issues as well as coming up with a management plan to help you move forward. If there is time left over during the consultation, we can go ahead and do some training to get you started.
I believe that the more engaged your dogs are with you, the more they want to respond to you. I train by using cle verbal cues, hand signals, treats, toys, and games to help modify behavior, correct bad habits, and teach tricks.
I will be training you as the owner, how to train your dog, so you will learn all of these techniques to use on your own. I may take the leash to work with your dog during your sessions, but you will be hands on making each of our sessions completely interactive. I can take your dog on solo sessions and transfer the information to you on what we have done, but I highly recommend being a part of each session.
I do consider breed-specific behaviors when training. This includes whether the dog was bred to hunt, pull, fight, guard, or has a strong prey drive (which you will see in most rescue dogs). Other factors include temperament, age, environment, sensitivity level, and behavior and training history. Most of my training is based on play, what drives your dog and your dog's biological needs.