Training Services and Cost

Mostly, I train the owner to communicate so their dogs understand them. 

Besides teaching basic commands, like “Leave it!”, “Stay”, “Come!”, etc.  I can help you with Behavioral Issues:

No Jumping: Becoming a Gentleman

House-training: No more accidents

Crate-training: Loving his Home Sweet Home

No biting or mouthing:  You are not a chew toy

Not playing so rough and learning to “be calm.”

Getting along with new doggie siblings

Walking nicely on a leash without pulling or being aggressive: A Walk in the Park!

 

 

 

 

 

Rates

$65/session which last at least an hour. $80 for two or more dogs.

(A discount is given for dogs adopted from Operation Kindness)

You will learn an amazing amount and receive many helpful tips in just one session.

Are you a first-time dog owner?

I have a lot of experience with dogs that I can share with you, and can “hold your hand” until you feel confident and get your pet off to the best possible start.

Call or email about my Puppy Socialization classes.

Puppy Socialization and Kindergarten

Many dog problems such as “aggression” towards dogs or people occur because the puppy was not properly socialized. 3-5 months is the window where puppies form their opinions on what is scary or what is fun and okay. In my classes, we introduce puppies to different situations and people and objects (like skateboards!) and start basic obedience. Playing games such as “Pass the Puppy” is a lot of fun. Owners handle each others’ puppies, touching ears, paws, collars…thus helping puppies feel comfortable with all types of people. Helpful preparation for visits to the vet’s office! I let the puppies safely play with each other too.

Call me for the times and dates of puppy classes.

I love teaching Basic Obedience classes!

It is fun to see dogs to interact with their fellow students and realize there is nothing to bark at or be afraid of.

Owners work with their dogs to learn:

“Touch”- a cue that will help him focus on you when he gets scared or nervous, and help you maneuver him while on a walk.

“Leave it”- a very valuable cue that will allow you to stop your dog from eating a dead possum, grabbing your daughter’s doll, chasing the cat, and even barking at people walking down the alley.

“Find It”- this will give your dog something else to do besides bark and lunge at a dog or person when out on a walk.

Sit

Stay

Down

Come

Loose leash walking

I like my classes to be fun! We have a “Leave It” obstacle course, and a “Contest” to see whose dog can “Stay” the longest, complete with an Elimination Round and PRIZE for the winner.

 

If your schedule does not permit you to go to a standard weekly class or your dog prefers learning in the comfort of his home, I will come over and teach the elements of this class privately. We can change the meeting times and dates according to your schedule. You can decide if you want to be there or not.

I prefer to focus on Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Addison, Coppell, and Carrollton.

 

14 comments

  1. Jenny Safar says:

    I have two pitbulls, one is 3 yrs old, the other is ten months old and will be spayed this month. I adopted the younger from a friend whose child was allergic. They’ve been getting along fine, but lately when I walk them and they pass a dog that is fenced in or behind a door, they become aggressive toward each other. I believe this is called “re-directed aggression.” I try and try to stop it, but its getting to the point I may need to surrender the younger dog. Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, you’re right. It is called “redirected aggression.” They get all worked up and can’t get to the stimulus, so they turn on each other in their excitement. The way to fix it is to walk them individually and teach them how to deal with such situations. We would work to convince them that a dog behind a fence or door is nothing to get worked up about. Once they each become calm in the presence of other dogs or stimuli, with counter-conditioning, they may possibly be walked together again. But they must be trained individually.

      If the dogs are getting along fine at home, please don’t give the younger dog away! Just don’t walk them together. They will each love having individual time with Mom anyway, and that bonding and time alone will be great for all of you!

      • Jenny Safar says:

        Hi Karen
        Thank you for your response. I have been doing as you suggested and walking them seperately, which has worked well. That is, until the other day. The older dog was on my lap. The 10 month old went after her, and they began to fight. I was able to get them apart thankfully, with the older dog left with some scratches on her face. I know the 10 month old is now becoming more mature, and may be attempting to show dominance, but I fear that it may get worse. I was told by a friend that in-home training would be a good option so that I can learn how to work with them together.

        • Karen says:

          Yes, your friend is right. A trainer can come to your home and help you put some “leadership” exercises in place, so that that your dogs will learn to see YOU as the leader, and themselves as equal pack members who do not have to fight. Dog-dog aggression among dogs in the same household can be a big problem.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi Karen!
    I live in rowlett and just aquired a new fur baby. She’s a 1-2 yr old female German Shepard. We’ve worked hard the last 6 weeks we have had her just getting her back into good health. Our vet has said she had lived most of her life in a cage and been bred. The behaviors I have noticed so far is that she has been severely beaten as well. She’s so well behaved and PERFECT as long as another dog isn’t around.. If I raise my voice in the least or even try to bathe her she wets herself. Our biggest problem is that she is extremely dog aggressive. We have a 13 yr old boxer as well that has been attacked multiple times now by her. I don’t know how to correct these behaviors and make her see me as her pack leader. Can you please help me?! I don’t want to be scared to bring another dog into my home because if her aggressiveness.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah-
      When your GSD went after your boxer, did she draw blood? I want to hear a little more about the severity of the “aggressiveness.”
      It sounds like your GSD is just really scared. Sometimes when dogs are fearful of other dogs, they just pre-emptively strike and look aggressive, whereas in reality, they are just so scared they don’t know what else to do.
      I have some thoughts on how to help her get used to the boxer.

  3. Emily Dzenowski Kim says:

    Hi Karen!
    I just adopted my first dog, a 32 pound Jack Russel pit mix, with my husband from operation kindness last December. She plays well with other dogs and humans at the dog park and at doggy day care, but she is reactive on the leash to people and other dogs when I walk her on the leash in our neighborhood, on trails, or when we sit at the coffee shop with her. A few weeks ago she charged my 80 year old neighbor while on leash as he was passing by us and scared him so badly that he nearly fell over. The funny thing is, we take her to events such as: Barktoberfest, Plano pet fair, and Rock-A-Bully on leash where there are multiple people/dogs but she gets along just fine and doesn’t “react” negatively to people or dogs passing by. Is there anything I can do to stop her from being reactive on the leash?

    • Karen says:

      For some reason I just saw this post…and it’s after we worked together. As you saw during our training session, Jinju performed like a champ and you learned how to navigate her around prior triggers like strollers and other dogs without her reacting, using the fun BAT (Behavioral Adjustment Training) method. You were both great to work with- thanks!

  4. Hemi says:

    I adopted a 2 year old beagle who gets along fine with other dogs and most people. However, she seems to be terrified of my father, who stays with me a few nights a week. She will only be around him if I am home. If not she runs off scared. He is not a tall man and is very gentle. He has pets of his own and talks to her in a baby voice but she is still scared. She is fine with other men, tall, short strangers. Can this be a behavior that can be fixed?

    • Karen says:

      Yes, if your dad can give your beagle her space and not try too hard to “make friends” with her, she should warm up to him. He could bribe her by tossing her really good treats like steak or chicken– things she loves but doesn’t get unless he is around. Let her be the one to initiate contact when she is ready.

  5. Emily says:

    I have a 4 month old Siberian Husky whom I got when she was about 8 weeks old from a breeder. I made sure to go to the breeder’s home and check out the parents, who were as sweet and social as can be. My little girl, on the other hand, is terrified of strangers. She’s not to the point where she’ll attack. She tends to back herself into a corner and growl, letting them know they’re getting to close. If someone goes up in behind her and grabs her (someone meaning anyone but me or my mom), she’ll turn back really fast and nip at them. I’ve tried taking her out places. She’s even in training with Petsmart at the moment, but it’s just not working! I don’t want her to fear people and I know that window of socialization is coming to an end for her as a puppy. I need help! We’ve also tried the treats thing. She’s OKAY with women, but men? She’d rather not have anything to do with them, my dad included, who she sees every day.

    • Karen says:

      It’s great that you went to the breeder’s home to meet the parents. I bet your puppy is just so adorable that everyone wants to cuddle with her right away. However, as you say, this may terrify her. She should not be put in a situation where she feels she has to back herself into a corner and growl. Nor should anyone be grabbing her. How would you feel if people were not respecting your personal space?

      Instead, please tell people not to force themselves on her. She feels safe with you and your mom- you’ve gained her trust. However, other people must also gain it, and they do this by ignoring her, and not looking at her, or facing her head-on. Let her decide that she wants to come up to them. They can toss her something especially yummy like pieces of chicken or steak or hot dogs without looking at her. When you say “the treat thing” you have to make sure the treat is something she really likes. A high quality, soft pet treat where a protein is the first ingredient might entice her. However, if a dog is too stressed to eat, take her out of that situation or give her some more space.

      Read my previous blog about “Men and Dogs” and see why she may be more afraid of your dad. Have him follow what I wrote in that blog. Also, please note that just like some people, some dogs and puppies are shy and introverted and don’t like crowds or strange people. We expect all puppies to be friendly and outgoing, but just like people are different, puppies can be too.

      It’s great that you are trying to socialize her. You may need to use shorter periods of exposure, e.g. go into PetsMart, give her yummy treats, then leave after a few minutes. The treats will help her form a good association with people and places. If she won’t eat them, it means she is too nervous because you’re too close to others, or there too long. As long as she will eat the treat, that’s a good thing and it will show you that she’s feeling calmer. Take your cues from her and go slowly. Don’t let people grab her or touch her if she feels uncomfortable. It’s your job to help get her used to her world in a safe and non-threatening way so that she can gain confidence.

      Try these suggestions a few months and get back to me!

  6. Shannon says:

    Hi Karen!
    I adopted a 16 month old terrier mix from DFW Rescue Me in February. Gus is 10 pounds and only has three working legs (although with his jumping and love of running you wouldn’t know it). The first not I got him was rough. He hid under my kitchen table and would growl at me in a non aggressive growl. At 3am he started whining so I just sat on the ground near him and ignored him. I made a bread crumb trail with pieces of cheese to me and he eventually warmed up to me. Since then, he has been glued to me.

    His attachment I think is part of his problems. He is crate trained and I know can hold it for 12 hours (I sleep late on the weekends), but when I put him in his kennel when I leave for work or just to go to the store, he messes in it. I then started to leave him out of the kennel and he destroyed two sets of my blinds in my apartment because he wants to see out. When I come home, he is overly excited and jumps all over me. When we walk he barks at everything and circles behind my legs to hide. I’ve tried socializing him with some friends, but that isn’t working. We have had some positive times of getting to know people, but it has only been in my apartment. What should I do?

    I have worked with sit and stay. He sits really well. Stay he will do if I am not walking towards my front door. He will run out, but comes back when I call him.

    Thanks!!
    Shannon

    • Karen says:

      It’s really wonderful that you gave this hard-to-place little fellow a home. It sounds like he is nervous meeting new people. It’s good that he bonded with you after “Hansel and Gretel trail” of cheese. In the future, remember that scared dogs like him (or any dog) should not be forced to socialize with new people, like your friends. Have your friends ignore him, don’t look at him, or pay any attention. However, they can toss cheese in his direction and slowly he may venture towards them. But let the dog let you know when he is ready, ok? He’s been through a lot and may not trust people for a good reason. I had a scared dog that I brought home, and I just basically ignored her, let her hide under the car, etc. until she was ready to be friends. I’d put food down near her, etc. until she figured she could trust me. Sounds like Gus figured that out quickly about you1

      When you come home from work, just be very calm. You can gently say “Hey, Gus…” as you quietly and calmly put away your things. Do not make a huge deal of seeing him because they encourages him to jump and get excited. Ignore him until his 4 feet are on the ground, and he is calm. THEN stroke him softly and tell him you’re happy to see him, but do it in calm way. Soon he’ll learn that the sooner he is calm, the sooner he’ll get some petting and attention from you. Don’t get him revved up, in other words, just because you are also thrilled to see him.

      For the other issues like separation anxiety/crate training, barking and lunging on leash, and basic commands like Stay, Down, and Come, I recommend you hire a good, certified, positive reinforcement trainer to come over 3 times or so. There is hope! I’m moving from this area, so suggest you look on the APDT or CPDT website for a qualified trainer near your home. Good luck, and thanks for giving Gus a wonderful home.

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