Give your puppy the best start! We cover everything from crate training, leash training, housebreaking and boundary training. Raise a perfectly behaved puppy from the beginning.
Set up a consultation to talk to one of our Canine Behavior Consultants about your dog’s behavior issues and your training goals. Your Initial Consultation is completely free of charge and gives you a chance to ask all dog behavior-related questions you might have. Together we will develop a plan for your Custom, Private Dog Training program.
Whether you are just embarking on the path to a well-trained, ideally behaved dog or you are at the end of a trail of failed attempts with professionals, books, or YouTube videos;
Sam Ivy K9 Consultants can end your search and provide the permanent solution you need.
Nothing is more discouraging than failed training or money wasted on the collar that was supposed to fix it all. The fact of the matter is that you need a solution that works. No dog is beyond redemption, and we provide the training needed to establish you as the unquestioned authority in your household.
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A Commitment to Results that Last
Dogs don’t communicate the way we do. In fact, from birth, their mom teaches and corrects her pups through physical correction, nudging with her nose or bodily moving her pups by the nape of the neck. Physical touch is a dog’s primary language. It stands to reason, then, that the start of any training should begin with physical touch and physical corrections.
Closely aligned to the previous reason other training methods haven’t worked is that you haven’t established the proper pack hierarchy in your home. Your dog needs to see you and other members of your family as an absolute and unquestioned authority. Once your dog respects you as superior to it in the pack hierarchy, capable of making decisions in the best interest of the pack, your dog will then accept your decisions on when they should sit, stay, bark, or play.
Pet stores, parks, and boarding facilities are all fundamentally flawed for dog training. They all contain new smells, distractions, and visual stimuli. It’s no wonder your dog can’t focus. Even if you bring a trainer into your home to teach your dog, now your dog has to acclimate to a new person in its den which can cause excitement, anxiety, aggression, or a mixture of these emotions—all of which are not ideal states of mind to be in for learning. If these mental states are overcome, you then may run into the problem of your dog listening to and respecting the trainer while not transferring that respect to you. Even if the respect does transfer to you during training, it may be that the dog regresses once training sessions end.
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You must be an unquestioned authority in your dog’s eyes. To establish this role, you must educate your dog in its native language. We’ve developed a program that, through teaching you proper dog handling techniques, allows you to establish yourself as superior to your dog in the pack hierarchy. Your dog will begin to defer to your judgment in all of its decisions. This does not mean the dog can’t have fun or enjoy being a dog. On the contrary, this frees your dog of worries about the safety of your pack and relieves it of the burden of making its own decisions, a state your dog will prefer.
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Once you are recognized by your dog as a leader in the pack through the language of physical touch, you can now start associating words with actions and easily teach your dog what you expect. Not only will your dog understand what you want, but you will also receive 100% compliance. You should not have to say "sit" five times before your dog complies nor should your dog get back up before you give permission. Obedience skills will be practiced in a no-distraction environment (your home) to perfection before slowly introducing distractions and other stimuli.
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We already know that your home will be the least distracting environment and will allow your dog to learn more readily. Bringing a trainer into your home will provide the exact sort of distraction that diminishes your dog’s receptiveness to learning. Additionally, the best dog trainer for your dog is going to be you because you are the one you want your dog to obey. To provide you the instruction you need to effectively handle your dog without becoming a distraction to your dog ourselves, we provide you the physical tools you need prior to the first session and conduct our training over Zoom with your smart phone, laptop or smart TV. Your dog is so accustomed to technology that it won’t bat an eye at a talking phone or laptop, providing us the ability to see how your dog acts without our presence causing distraction. This approach allows us to model techniques and correct your form while providing you the biggest advantage: your dog is learning from you. This means that you are earning your dog’s respect and you are learning the skills you need to create permanent results in your dog’s training.
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What no-one else tells you about dog training
Why traditional dog traning doesn't work
Give your puppy the best start! We cover everything from crate training, leash training, housebreaking and boundary training. Raise a perfectly behaved puppy from the beginning.
This course is the solution for ALL dog behavior issues: No more aggression, jumping, barking, soiling, chewing, biting, digging, leash pulling, running away, whining ... You will learn how to gain control and establish peace. After that, we round the training off with on-leash obedience.
For those who want to take their dog’s training to the next level! After laying a solid foundation of Proper Pack Behavior and Obedience training, we will take the training outdoors into high-distraction settings, to make sure your dog performs perfectly under ALL circumstances.
If you want your dog to be truly exceptional, the Off-Leash training program is for you. Because we focus on building a solid foundation of Proper Pack Behavior and On-Leash Obedience first, you can feel confident your dog will really listen, once we take the training off-leash.
If you need your dog to be much more than a pet, we will teach you how to train them to become a true working dog. Please note: Not all dogs and/or handlers qualify for this kind of training. To learn more, please schedule a free consultation.
Raising a puppy is both exciting and challenging - especially for first time dog- parents. Our Puppy training course takes the guesswork out of the first few weeks. We will set you and your baby dog up for success. Our puppy course is a special modification of our signature Proper Pack Behavior training - tailored specially to the needs and challenges you have as a puppy parent. We cover everything your puppy needs to know to become a well mannered member of your family including (but not limited to):
Starting your dog's life off with the right training program is an invaluable investment in his/ her life. If you teach your puppy from the beginning what is and is not ok, you can avoid a lot of trouble down the road. Your little dog will grow up to be the perfect canine companion.
This part of our training program is the real core of what we do and is the foundation of all our other training programs.
Before we even get to saying "sit!" or "stay!" we focus on your dog's underlying behavioral problems. This is what truly sets us apart from our competitors. With this program we will correct all unwanted, annoying and dangerous behaviors such as:
Your dog doesn't "listen"? Of course not, he doesn't understand human! Yelling and getting annoyed at him won't change the fact that a dog simply doesn't understand that "no means no" and will only leave both of you frustrated.
Learn how to start communicating in a way that not only makes sense to your dog, but in a way whereby he also appreciates and respects you. Utilizing the principles of operant conditioning, we will teach you to "speak" canine and your dog will learn to respect you and the boundaries you set. The result is an amazing transformation of your dog: from stubborn, annoying or even dangerous - to the perfect canine companion. And the best part is it doesn't even take long! If you follow the program, in most cases, you will see results after just a few sessions. The art of "dog whispering" is not as hard as you might think!
After we lay a strong foundation of respect, your dog is ready to start obeying!
Our obedience training program is based on the technique of Marker training, also known as "clicker training". You will learn all the techniques and hand signals used by professionals at obedience competitions. The positive interaction with your dog and the fun both of you will have during our obedience program will create an unparalleled level of friendship between you. There is nothing better than getting compliments on having such a well behaved dog. The two of you will become the perfect team!
We often hear comments like "How to get your dog to sit or lay down is something you can easily learn on YouTube!" Our Advanced Training program goes way beyond basic obedience you can look up online or what you can learn at big pet store group classes. Here's how you can tell the difference:
There is nothing better than having a perfectly trained dog! Can you imagine how awesome it would be if your dog would listen to you
That is what it means to have a dog that knows REAL obedience. When your dog is used to focussing on you, she will "listen" to you, even in high distraction. When you tell your dog to "heel", he will walk by your side calmly until you stop walking - when you stop, your dog will sit by your side. When tell your dog to lay down, he will lay down and not get up until you release him. When you call your dog, she will come, immediately and no matter what is going on around you.
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Reason #1: Environment
There Arose Such a Clatter That Your Training Didn’t Matter
Let’s set aside for a moment the obvious inhibitor to class-style obedience training: surrounding your dog with other dogs modeling poor behavior. The fundamental mistake implicit in this model is that your dog is taken from its familiar home environment and placed in a new, stimulating environment full of distractions. Usually, these classes are held in a pet store with owners and their pets browsing aisles, the noise of cash registers, the chatter of children, and the squeaking wheels of shopping carts. If not in a pet store, the class may be held in a public park with the allure of squirrels, the flutter of wings, the buzz of bugs, and the interesting passerby. Expecting a dog to be able to focus and learn amid such distractions is unreasonable.
To Sit or Not to Sit?
In the worst-case scenario, your dog picks up new bad behaviors observed among the other attendees. In the best-case scenario, your dog will learn to sit, stay, and come when a treat is in the balance or when environmental factors make obeying your command convenient. Put these dogs in an unfamiliar environment with exciting stimuli and it will seem all training was long forgotten. Even in ideal conditions, an owner may find that compliance to a command only occurs the third or fourth time the command is given. Many dog owners accept that this is the best they can ever hope to expect. Such an assumption is categorically false. Every dog can learn complete obedience if, and only if, the proper foundation is first created to promote this learning. This foundation is fundamental in the pack training provided by Sam Ivy K-9 Consultants.
Why Class Environments Are Not Conducive to Dog Training:
Will This Hit or Miss?
Your dog’s temperament plays a vital role in what effect being completely severed from you, its home or den, and all things familiar will have. This may result in a healthy, positive outcome for your dog or an unhealthy, traumatized one. You won’t be present for the training and may never even see the inside of the facilities where your dog will be kept. Your dog may be kept in a crate for extended periods of time when not actively training and, as a result, may become depressed and stop eating. At the other extreme, your dog may take well to the training and end up displaying tremendous gains. The only catch is that these gains may not last because your dog learned to respect an individual other than yourself. You were never trained on how to establish your authority or be a proper handler. As a result, you may resent the money spent on such training and lose hope that any training will be effectual and endure the test of time. However, don’t despair because your dog has already proven capable of learning. Once you receive the pack training foundation to long-lasting obedience, you’ll experience a transformational mindset and method that will allow you and your dog to establish the trusting relationship necessary to enduring results.
Why Dog Boarding May Not Work:
In-Home, Private Dog Training
Heightened Emotional States
First, at-home training provides the ideal environment for receptive learning: your dog is already accustomed to your home’s normal noises and sights. This home is your dog’s den, a place of comfort and security. Why, then, does hiring a dog trainer to come to your home fail? The dog trainer will represent exactly what you are hoping to avoid with at-home training: an unfamiliar person creating excitement, anxiety, or aggression in your dog. Dogs simply can’t learn in these states. Even if the goal of the training is to eliminate your dog’s aggression towards strangers, beginning such training with a stranger is akin to throwing your toddler in the deep end of the pool without flotation assistance or swimming experience, a dangerous proposition with little chance of success.
Who is in Charge Here?
If your dog’s response to strangers isn’t aggression, then you will still be wasting a good portion of the lesson waiting for your dog to acclimate to the trainer’s presence, a waste of your already limited time with the trainer. Once your dog acclimates, the second problem arises: when the dog listens to the trainer, will that mean the dog will listen to you? Your dog may very well learn to respect the trainer, but unless the dog learns to also respect you, the obedience will never transfer to you. Without explicit training in how to establish a pack hierarchy in your home with you as the recognized leader and decision-maker to your dog, any gains made will always be temporary or circumstantially effective.
Why In-Home, Private Dog Training Is Not Ideal:
Reason #2: Lack of Foundation
Respect and Trust
It Starts at Birth
It is not wrong to see your dog as a child, nor is it unexpected for an owner to display paternal/maternal concern for a dog. However well-intended or sincere, dogs simply don’t understand such emotions or mindsets. From birth, their own mother trained them with direct and physical correction, picking her pup up by the nape of the neck and moving the pup to the proper location. Before puppies can even see, they learn from the touch of their mother what not to do and what is expected of them. This is your dog’s native language. As a result of these corrections and utter dependency on their mother, puppies learn to trust the decisions of their mother and obey her direction without question. Their mother is clearly at the height of the pack hierarchy, where you also need to be.
Establish the Proper Pack Hierarchy
Once your dog recognizes you as higher up in the pack hierarchy, your dog will trust that whatever decision you make is in its best interest. If you tell your dog to stay, your dog will trust that no matter what other events are occurring, you will protect it and the safest place for your dog to be is where you placed it. Your dog will be relieved of the burden of making decisions for itself, a role your dog never wanted in the first place. A dog that thinks it’s the leader of your family pack may react with aggression towards strangers or unwanted dominant and protective tendencies. A dog that thinks it has no pack leader will be fearful and anxious. Whether your dog fits in to one of these extremes or whether your dog is somewhere in the middle, friendly towards strangers but clearly in charge of its own decision-making, the root problem is the same: your dog does not recognize your authority. You have never learned how to establish that role. Until this deficiency is addressed, any obedience training you try will be akin to watering hot cement. Just as the water will evaporate, your training will never seep below the surface and will become less effectual over time.
What is the Solution?
The Ideal Environment
Surrounded by the Familiar and Expected
Your dog feels most comfortable at home, so comfortable, in fact, that your dog finds your home quite boring. Even the human residents of your home are boring to your dog outside the petting session your dog receives every time you return home. This utterly familiar and uneventful environment is, in fact, the ideal setting for your dog to learn. Your home is very unlikely to be distracting during your training sessions, so your dog’s focus will be easier to maintain, providing greater returns on the time invested in training. The key to this training will be in your competency as pack leader, and dog handler, skills our professional consultants specialize in teaching.
Why Virtual is Logical
As previously discussed, however, a dog trainer in your home would quite literally strip away all of the home court advantages you would otherwise have. Short of peeking through a cracked window to provide instruction with the impossible hope your dog will fail to notice, any circumstance with a dog trainer present will cause sufficient distraction to greatly diminish your dog’s receptiveness to the training. This is why our consultants instruct you virtually. The use of technology in your home is so normal that your dog won’t bat an eye if your laptop or phone is talking to you. The consultant will be able to model instruction with a dog remotely while also being able to view and correct your form as you try the techniques on your own dog. Additionally, all training sessions are recorded and viewable to you at later dates, so even members of the family absent for the training session can receive the same instruction and practice proper handling of your dog. With the entire household on the same page, your dog will more readily accept each member as a pack leader with authority that must be obeyed.
A Foundation That Will Allow Your Dog to Thrive
Become the Trusted Decision-Maker
Obedience training will never take until your dog recognizes you as a trusted decision-maker, superior to your dog’s own decision-making abilities. Don’t mistakenly believe this to be a bad thing. Your dog never wanted to be alpha. Your dog may even experience aggression or anxiety because you haven’t taken up that role. Just as ignorance is bliss, so is any beta role within a pack hierarchy. Your dog wants to have a leader, someone who will look out for the safety and security of the pack, so your dog doesn’t have to. If you say sit, your dog will trust that any threats it perceives are under your control. The stranger entering your home must be safe.
Leaders are Easier to Follow
Once you are the trusted decision-maker, obedience training will be a natural step built on a solid foundation. That trust can even save your dog’s life. If your dog will sit at your command no matter what distraction may be present, that may be the difference between your dog running into the street with an oncoming car or remaining in the safety of your driveway. Two things must be present for your dog to sit mid-sprint at your command: complete and utter trust in you as a decision-maker over it and obedience training built upon that trust that was practiced enough to achieve 100% compliance. This is the method Sam Ivy K-9 Consultants employs and the outcome you can expect if you are willing to take this role with your dog.
If you let someone else train your dog for you, your dog will learn to respect and listen to that trainer - and not you! All the behavior problems will come right back after the training ends.
In our program, the owner is the one taking the reins.
Having trouble remembering what your trainer taught you? When you are working with Sam Ivy K9 Consultants, all of your training sessions are recorded, so you can watch them whenever you want, wherever you want.
Only if your dog gets to stay at home for training and without the distracting presence of a stranger in your home will you really be able to achieve the best results. Your dog can learn distraction free, while you get personalized guidance.
Depending on where you live, you might not have access to professional knowledgeable dog trainers who can really help you with your dog's behavior. With virtual training, the best trainers are always only a click away.
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