At Doggy Business there are several ways to learn more about dog training and to find help with changing your dog’s behavior for the better.
When thinking about where to start, consider first whether your dog might benefit most from either a group class or a private training session.
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Group classes are a very good place to start if you’ve recently acquired a new dog and are looking to work with them on improving behaviors like Sit, Down, Stay, Polite Walking, and Coming When Called. We also address how do decrease behaviors like jumping up, digging, chewing, barking, and house soiling. Our advanced classes focus on improving the reliability of behaviors and training in real life settings so that learned behaviors work for you in real life. Join us, and let us know if you have any questions!
Puppy Kindergarten is the best place to start if you have a new puppy between the ages of 10 weeks and 16 weeks (at the start of the class). Puppy Kindergarten is the perfect class for new puppies as it is extremely important for them to interact with other puppies at this age. The dogs learn how to interact with their species, including how to inhibit their bite during play. We also engage in lots of practical socialization for your puppy in this class. Additionally, we start the dogs off right by teaching them how to do all of the basic behaviors, like Sit, Down, Stand, and Stay. We start teaching Coming When Called and Loose Leash Walking. Dogs that go through Puppy Kindergarten have a major head start on everybody else!
In our Basic Manners class you will learn how best to teach new behaviors to your dog and how to decrease other unwanted behaviors. We introduce and practice CAPTURING, LURE REWARD TRAINING (including fading the lure) and SHAPING. We teach students how to take advantage of markers when training their dogs, how to elicit new behaviors and how to reward them well. Students also learn how to decrease unwanted behaviors like: jumping up, barking, pulling on leash, digging and more!
Check our class schedule for our current class offerings and give us a call if you have any questions!
FEAR AND AGGRESSION
DOUG DUNCAN, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
If you’re struggling with a dog who behaves badly toward other dogs, members of your own household, or strangers, you know the stress, inconvenience, frustration, fear, and sometimes embarrassment of living with a fearful or aggressive dog. Let our lead trainer, Doug Duncan, bring relief to your doorstep. Doug will come to your home for an Initial Consult to assess your dog and discuss your goals, then craft a customized training plan to create positive change—and see you through it.
Doug specializes in working with aggression, socialization, and fear in dogs. Training classes may not be the appropriate place to begin training if your dog is uncomfortable around new people and new dogs. Private training sessions are a good place to start if you are working to improve aggressive or fearful responses in your dog, or if you are working on socialization with a new adult dog.
Doug has been training dogs and working with dog owners for 12 years. He studied with Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley at the Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA in 2007 where he received his Certificate in Training and Counseling. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), both of which require adherence to a Professional Code of Conduct and a Professional Code of Ethics. To remain a certified professional dog trainer Doug also attends continuing education sessions every year. He has extensive experience working with fear and aggression in dogs and relishes working to increase comfort levels in dogs (he’s a softy for the shy guys!).
For: Dogs of any age exhibiting signs of fear or aggression, such as barking, growling, lunging, snapping, and biting; as well as more subtle signs of fear, shyness, or lack of confidence such as frequent tail tucking, hiding, crouching, fleeing, or freezing in place.
You Should Know: Private training begins with a one-hour initial consult to discuss your goals, devise a training plan, and bring some initial relief. Doug will come to your house, unless working in the training room at Doggy Business is a better fit with your goals for your dog.
Program Length: Your training program will be customized to your goals.
Initial Consult Fee: $135/hour
Training Fees: $110/hour
Scheduling: To schedule a private training session with Doug you can call him directly at (503) 313-2200. Doug will get back to you within 48 hours.
Doug’s other area of expertise is in designing and conducting play groups with dogs. He and his wife, Meredith Wilson, started Doggy Business Dog Training and Lodging in 2008 where they conduct play groups without the use of aversive techniques like yelling and spraying dogs with water to punish particular behaviors. Doug believes that these techniques are unnecessary when play groups (or daycare) are conducted properly. To learn more about their play groups, look at that tab under SERVICES, or give us a call at (503) 327-8877.