- puppy training
- anxious behavior
- aggressive behavior
- impulsive behavior
- fearful behavior
- dogs and kids
I offer online classes for anxious, reactive, hyperactive and aggressive behavior. The Calm Connections is the best starting point. This class focuses on relaxation exercises on a training mat. These relaxation exercises will benefit any dog, especially those with behavioral concerns. This class will help you create a calm connection with your dog so that you can effectively work through your dog’s triggers, specifically those that occur in or around your home, like barking at outside sounds, chasing the cat or jumping on visitors. Reactive Dog class is a great next step in training. This class focuses on using heel work as a safety position and calming activity. This can be used for those situations when you are out and about with your dog on leash and your dog reacts to environmental triggers, like another dog, person, moving object or wildlife.
The live classes are one hour in length, and meet once a week for six weeks. The first 3 weeks establishes a foundation in behavioral training. Foundation skill sets are critical for working through high stress or high arousal behaviors, like barking, lunging, pulling on leash, jumping. Weeks 4, 5 and 6 integrates the training into real world training situations.
If you are not able to make the live sessions, I can send recordings of the class as well so that you can watch the class at a time that is more convenient for you.
Many people are concerned about whether or not online classes are effective. The reality is that online classes are a more effective format. This is especially true for dogs that exhibit anxious, reactive, hyperactive, fearful or aggressive behavior. In-person group classes can be overwhelming for dogs that already struggle to adapt to common triggers, like other dogs, people, sounds or even the car ride to get to class. These classes also allow people to focus and process information more effectively. In-person classes can be stressful as people become distracted trying to manage their dog’s behavior and are unable to focus on demonstrations and explanations of training exercises.
In combination with classes, I also offer consultations by Zoom. The consultation would discuss your dog’s behavior patterns in greater detail, your training goals and customize a training and management plan. It’s ideal to establish the foundation training taught in class first, and then schedule a one-on-one consultation that will help you customize the exercises to your individual situation.
Training timelines can be influenced by your dog’s age, your level of commitment to management and training protocol and the intensity of your dog’s behavioral issues. Most people notice a positive change in their dog by the 3rd or 4th week of training. Dogs with more significant behavioral concerns will need a minimum of 3-6 months of structured training. If this is the case for your dog, you can take what you learn and continue the training on your own. Or you might decide that you enjoy the structure of formal training sessions and choose to continue with more classes.
I normally send out video links that provide a sneak peek of training exercises before each live class. You would practice the training in class, and have the opportunity to ask questions. When practicing during the week you would have those video demonstrations to use for reference.
If you want to do something right, you need the right tools. Go to my training tools page with a list of products that will help you to optimize your training. https://www.legendsdogtraining.com/training-tools/ The key items are training food, training mat, front clip harness, training pouch and six foot leash. There are also recommended exercise pens, baby gates, water bowls, and chewies if you are raising a puppy.
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