I have always been a dog lover and have enjoyed sharing life with big dogs. Spike and Sultan were both Rottweilers. You could say I have an affinity for "strong breeds", as some might call them. Naturally, when my daughter had begged me enough to get a dog, long enough after Sultan's passing, I went for a big dog. At the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, a 7 month-old Presa Canario named Titan needed a home. After getting to know his shelter caregiver, I understood that a dog with that kind of history needed me: someone with experience handling more difficult breeds, someone with space and time to exercise and teach the youngster and most importantly, someone with an obsessive perseverance.
To say that Titan has been a handful since I welcomed him into my home in October 2019 is the understatement of 2020. There are countless and daily stories of highs and really lows to share. Just ask me.
But in this experience, I have found knowledge, a method to the madness that is raising a difficult dog and a passion to share and help others with their obnoxious dog problems.
Because who doesn't want a good dog in public?!
Deciding to welcome a dog into your home is a big decision. And an exciting one! Whether you chose a dog for companionship, for security, for the kids, for the significant other, for the exercise, for someone to quarantine with or just care for, I bet you remember the day you took you furry friend home. The dog was ecstatic, and you were hopeful for building a nice bond with that cute beast.
And then everyone settled into their space, and started living together, figuring out how to cohabitate, the new schedule, the walks, the sounds, the sights, the smells… And wondering, is "DOWN!" for people, for the couch, for laying down, or what?
Unless you are a really lucky dog, some behavior problem likely appeared that have potentially eroded your relationship with your best friend. That beast!
We will go back to the fundamentals of what builds the relationship between humans and dogs. We’ll dive beyond traditional obedience courses that sometimes aren’t enough to address specific obnoxious behavior.
Dogs are like people: we perform better when we feel confident. In order for a dog to behave pleasantly, they have to be set up to feel confident. Once they get there, they know. They get that pep in their step, and you get that swagger in your stride too! We will work on identifying where your dog might lack confidence and create a strategy to build it up!
Your relationship with your dog is like every other one in your life. For it to be successful, it requires good communication. With dogs, it can get complicated: humans have to learn how to speak dog. The good news is, dog speak is real simple. I'll work with you, your family and your dog to help enrich your tribe's communication with Fido!
The key is figuring out how you, me and your dog want to work together. I'll create a custom training approach that serves you, your dog, and your goals best.
We will work together at your home, at my home training facility, and definitely in public!
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Has your puppy grown into an unruly adolescent?
Is your recently acquired or rescued dog more than you bargained for?
Are you at the end of your leash with that dog?
My vision is that the world should be full of well-behaved dogs. Contact me for help with yours!