Dog Training

After 35 years of working with dogs and their humans in group classes and privately, I have seen an infinite variety of family situations into which a dog is expected to fit. Working with the dog, the adults and the children enables me to become familiar with the unique needs of each situation in order to design a program that helps you to develop the dog that YOU want. The training is fun, positive and emphasizes human-dog relationships.

I teach basic household and public manners to PUPPIES, ADULT DOGS and WEE DOG breeds. I specialize in BEHAVIORAL issues, using FLOWER ESSENCES when appropriate. I can also assist in SELECTING A DOG for your family. Showing your dog how to accept your NEW BABY can make that event stress-free for all, and, as a Child Development major, working with CHILDREN TRAINING THEIR DOGS is another area that I love.

My work is not just with young dogs as I offer consults in SENIOR DOG CARE and GERIATRIC issues, HOSPICE options for animals at the end of their life and support for families after their animal has passed on.

Canine Consulting provides:

1. Puppy Training

For puppies that are seven weeks and older, I offer gentle, positive and fun instruction that includes the whole family. I help to integrate your new puppy into your family, prevent problems, and teach manners and safety. I am able to work with each family member according to their needs and learning style to produce a polite, well-adjusted dog that listens to everyone in the family. Input from each member of the family is encouraged, children included.
Puppy Training

Puppy Training

2. Older Puppy and Adult Dog Training

For dogs that are six months and older – no “upper” age limit as it is “Never Too Late to Have a Good Dog!” I help to open the lines of communication between the humans and the dog for a more enjoyable relationship and happier dog and family. Basic commands are taught for manners and safety. Owner input is encouraged for any issues or special training that is desired. Positive methods are used in making the dog WANT to do what is asked of them.
Adult Dog Training

Adult Dog Training

3. Wee Dog Training

Because “Wee” have different needs, I started this concept on the North Shore seven years ago. I teach dogs that will never weigh more than 20 pounds how to get along in a “big dog” world, helping them to develop confidence, social skills and manners. Yes, it is possible to pamper without spoiling, housebreak and prevent constant yapping! Family participation is encouraged so that everyone can learn to relate to the Wee one.
Wee Dog Training

Wee Dog Training

4. Behavioral Consultations

These individual issues can range from annoying to dangerous. Many stem from miscommunication between humans and dogs, and often can be resolved with a new perspective and a new approach to the problem. Jumping up, chewing, shyness, fear, nipping, growling, biting, dog aggression, food aggression, object aggression, and other issues can be addressed in these sessions. Flower Essences are often used to support the process of change in behavior.
Behavior Consults

Behavior Consults

5. Children Training Their Puppies/Dogs

A dog can be a great self-esteem booster for children once they learn to interact in a positive manner. As an elementary education major, I love working with children and helping them to enjoy the fun of training their dog to listen to them, without the frustration. I address responsibility issues that are involved in having a family dog and ways to make those jobs pleasant. I also work with children that are tentative or fearful around dogs.
Children Training

Children Training

6. Flower Essences

As a Flower Essence practitioner, I suggest Flower Essences with my dog clients when I feel that the essences will help to support the behavior changes that we are working on. They are non-toxic, have no side effects, are inexpensive, completely safe, are used short-term and effect a permanent change.
Flower Essences

Flower Essences

7. Puppy and Dog Selection Assistance

I suggest investing one hour in order to select that “just right dog” that may be with you for 15 years! Every situation is different, and together we can decide what dog best fits YOU and avoid a mismatch. We will send you the “Perhaps A Dog?” quiz and then we will sit and discuss the various options.
Puppy Dog Selection

Puppy Dog Selection

8. Your New Baby and the Dog Who Came First

Adding a new baby to the family with a dog who came first and has not had to share the house with a “small person” can be a challenge. I can help you make this a smooth transition for all involved – members of your family and your dog. It is best if our meeting is several months before the baby arrives, but this can be done “last minute” if needed.
New Baby and Dog

New Baby and Dog

9. Senior Dogs

As our dog friends age, their perspective and needs change also. I can help you and your dog make this a rich and rewarding time in your relationship.
Senior Dogs

Senior Dogs

10. Hospice Care

For those who would like to lean how to participate in the end of life care for your dog. This time can be richly rewarding for both dogs and humans as the dog prepares for the transition.
Hospice

Hospice