We do things a little different here. If you’ve done much research into dog trainers you’ll know by now that usually what you find on the “services” or “training packages” page is something that resembles a restaurant menu of training options. Not here. We know that you aren’t looking to pay for “10 days of dog training” or “X” amount of training sessions. You might have behavior problems with your dog that you need to overcome. Maybe your dog has horrible manners and you want them to listen to you. Or perhaps you want more reliability and better control off leash or in public to improve you and your dog’s quality of life. You have goals, you want results.
Your training journey starts as soon as you sign up. You’ll receive TWO training sessions with your dog to get the training process started. During these sessions we’ll teach your dog how to focus and how to learn. In addition we will teach you how to manage any problem behaviors in the home until we have given you and your dog a more robust skill set to properly deal with them.
We often have a 1-2 month waiting list for our Residency Training. The pre-training sessions will get you started on the right path without you having to sit on your hands while you wait. Right when you sign up we get to work improving your dog’s life. If you have been dealing with stressful challenges with your dog our coaching sessions will give you some immediate relief and you’ll have the confidence to know that you and your dog are heading in the right direction.
The bulk of the training happens here. Your dog will stay with me in my home for 4 weeks. During this stay your dog will learn on leash obedience, off leash obedience, manners and develop a level of reliability that makes being able to trust your dog a reality. They will be tested and well practiced out in the real world, around distractions and in a variety of different locations. By the end of their Residency Training your dog will have all of the skills needed to become the dog of your dreams.
Your dog will learn the following commands during the Residency Training:
**(All commands will be taught both ON and OFF leash)
It’s not enough for us to just teach your dog obedience and manners. We have to ensure that your dog will perform the same for you as they do for us. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if your dog will listen to me, they are not my dog. You need your dog to listen to you reliably and for that reason we take the time to teach you how to work with your dog in a fun and easy-to-learn way. It can be intimidating and nerve wracking to pick up your dog after training.
You may be afraid you’ll mess it up or that your dog won’t respond to you the way they do for me or my trainers. Many of my clients have been through other trainers with their dog and this is the part where the wheels fell off. Don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’m aware of these challenges and I take immense measures to mitigate that difficulty. Afterall, you called me because you are not a trainer. If you were you probably wouldn’t need our help.
After your dog’s Residency Training you’ll receive THREE training sessions with your dog. We spread out your learning over those three sessions to lower the amount of information that you need to retain during each one. We’ll teach you the fundamentals of how to issue and reinforce commands, we’ll teach you how to work your dog on and off leash and we’ll walk you through how to handle difficult scenarios and environments.
We take the time to teach you all of the necessary skills to set both you and your dog up for long term success.
Your training journey doesn’t end after you pick your dog up and complete your coaching sessions. Once you have made it this far, you are part of the Paradigm K9 Family, and we will remain here for you as long as you need us.
You are never really “done” when it comes to dog training. Dog’s are living, breathing animals and our relationships with them are fluid things. You will have good days and you will have bad days. Life happens and challenges will arise. One thing that truly sets us apart is the sheer amount of after training support we offer our clients. For the rest of your dog’s life you will receive access to unrivaled follow up support.
On leash obedience. Whether you are taking your dog for a walk in your neighborhood or taking your dog into the vet, your dog will behave calmly and be attentive to your commands. No more pulling!
Off leash obedience. Off leash obedience is a key component for a well rounded dog. The majority of your dog’s life they will not be on a leash. In and around your home on a day to day basis your dog will not have a leash on and you should not have to rely on having one on your dog to get them to listen. Your dog’s off leash skills will extend to other locations outside the home and around high level distractions.
Manners. What good is having a dog that knows how to perform obedience commands if they still have poor manners? Your dog will learn how to behave in the home and in public, be calm when you pet them, how to politely greet other people and dogs and overall become a well mannered companion.
Fix bad behaviors. Unwanted behaviors like jumping, barking, chewing, play biting etc. are addressed and eliminated during the course of training. Even more difficult behaviors like reactivity or behaviors caused from anxiety are able to be effectivily dealt with during our training process.
Real world training. There is only so much learning your dog can do in a steril and distraction free training room. Your dog will get real world experience learning in a home with children as well as training conducted in local parks, walks through city environments, pet stores, dog friendly retail stores etc.
Ready to get the dog of your dreams?
Training a dog properly takes time. Especially if you want results that will stand the test of time.
Many dog trainers offer 10-15 day board and train programs and will promise off leash control at the end of it. In order to get a dog to perform obedience with any consistency in that short a time frame it requires an excessive amount of compulsion. I know because that’s how I was originally taught how to train.
In the long run, to get reliable results that last, you must take the time to effectively teach the dog what to do before you ever teach them what not to do.
Yes, we use Electronic collars with every dog we train. It is important to understand what the E collar is and what it is not. E collars are being used more and more in pet dog training and that is both a good and bad thing. Used properly, an E collar is one of the fastest and most humane training tools available. Used improperly they can be ineffective or worse, downright cruel. There are unfortunately a lot of dog trainers out there who misuse the tool out of impatience or ignorance.
Used properly, E collars are extremely effective communication tools for both training and daily life after training. It allows you to give your dog off leash freedom that you otherwise would likely never feel safe or comfortable doing. In order to be of any use however a dog needs to be properly conditioned to respond to the E collar stimulus. This is one more reason why we take extra time in our training process. A dog who has been properly conditioned to the E collar is not afraid of it, because they understand it.
Your dog’s safety is the number one priority while they are with us. When they are not directly supervised by myself or one of my trainers they will be safely housed in a kennel. All of our kennels are commercial grade and escape proof.
That being said, your dog will be getting plenty of mental and physical activity while they are with me. The training day usually starts around 6am and they will be rotated in and out of training sessions until about 6pm. In addition to training sessions they also get play/exercise sessions to blow off steam.
I also provide them with downtime to relax and learn to be calm and well behaved in my home around my dogs as well as my wife and kids.
I do provide service dog training provided the dog in question is the right dog for the job. In order to qualify for service dog training your dog must pass both a temperament test as well as an obedience evaluation.
Dog training is an investment, and quality dog training does not come cheap. I do try to stay flexible (within reason) in an effort to make my services accessible to as many people as possible. I only require a $500 deposit when you sign up for training. If you need to split the remaining balance up into smaller payments just talk to me and I’ll work with you.
Fair question. I get asked this a lot, and for good reason. Too often I train dogs that have been through other training programs and I hear the same story over and over. The owner is struggling to get the dog to listen to them so they go back to the trainer. The trainer takes the leash, gives the dog some commands and gets the dog to do it. Then hands the leash back to the owner and proceeds to tell the that it’s their fault. They must not be practicing enough or they aren’t giving the commands with the right voice or whatever.
See here is what sets us apart, we aren’t “getting” the dog to do a command. I can take a dog with zero training and “get” them to sit or lay down with just a leash. Because I am a dog trainer and I have been doing this for a very long time. I can handle a dog intuitively and “get” them to do all kinds of things. You are not me and I don’t expect you to be.
Instead of “getting” a dog to sit or lay down we condition them to perform a behavior on cue, reflexively. Once they hear the cue (the word “Sit” for example) they will immediately perform the command almost involuntarily. They aren’t weighing the pros and cons of doing the command. They aren’t looking to see if they are going to get in trouble or if you have the right treat. They. Just. Do it. See the difference? That is what training is. Well, what it should be anyways.
From there all we need to do is teach you the correct cues to use and bam. It’s as plug and play as we can possibly hope for.