My goal with Concerned Canines is to turn you, the owner, into a dog trainer. With my help, you will learn how to speak to your dog, how to listen when your dog is speaking to you, and how to handle any situation you and your dog might face together.
What got me started in this field was a reactive dog of my own. I adopted a small toy poodle, an owner surrender who needed a good home.
After a few days, I began to notice small quirks in his personality. Any time I needed to take him outside to go potty, he would growl or snarl. If he got into something he wasn’t supposed to, and I tried to take it away, he would bite.
If we tried to do anything for his coat, nails, ears, or mouth, he would bite hard. And when he bit, he usually wouldn’t give an indicator that I could see at that time.
I went to a trainer, and we started basic obedience. However, my poodle wasn’t food motivated. He ate very little actually. So, trying to coax behaviors out of him with treats wasn’t an option. The trainer was sympathetic but was at a loss. When I spoke to other trainers in the area, I was told everything from “I can’t help you” to “You should choke your dog until he passes out and then he’ll start listening to you.”
There had to be a better way.
I went through several online certifications and joined several discussion groups. I read every book I could get my hands on and learned a lot about canine behavior simply by working in a kennel setting.
I learned how to speak dog, and then I took what I learned and applied it to my toy poodle. His behavior changed, for the better. Was he perfect? No, but we reached a negotiated settlement that made both of us happy and gave us what we wanted. I decided then that I wanted to help other people with their dogs.
Concerned Canines is a start. We’ll learn how to speak to your dog and how your dog speaks to us. And together, we will help your dog. I can’t wait to get started!
— Ben The Dog Trainer
I offer a variety of training services, from puppy classes to advanced obedience. I also offer my Concerned Canines class: a one-on-one course for reactive and anxious dogs.
Obedience isn’t just about teaching your dog to sit. It’s about building a lasting bond between your dog and you.
Basic Obedience comes with three options: Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience.
Puppy Kindergarten is for dogs under 6 months of age. It provides a foundation of obedience while also teaching the owner about crate training, leash walking, and other useful tools for puppy ownership.
Basic Obedience is for dogs older than 6 months but who have no obedience experience. During this class, dogs and owners will be taught how to speak and listen to each other, as well build a solid foundation for obedience.
Advanced Obedience is for dogs who have completed previous obedience courses but their owners would like to learn more advanced techniques or under more difficult situations. An assessment is required for this class.
All classes are one-on-one. Clicker use optional. Contact for prices.
Concerned Canines is my most popular service.
This class is for dogs that have been termed anxious or aggressive. These dogs tend to be highly reactive and sometimes just taking them for a walk can be panic inducing to both dog and owner.
In Concerned Canines, you will learn how to isolate and identify your dogs triggers; and with that knowledge, you’ll be able to offer your dog a different behavior to help calm them down and build their confidence.
Use of a clicker is required. An assessment with the trainer is required. Contact for prices.
Finding a dog or breed that fits your lifestyle can be difficult. Whether you have a breed your familiar with or a breed you admire but have never owned, this consultation will help you find the right dog for you. The consult can be conducted over the phone or in person.
By appointment only. Contact for prices.
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