Dog Training Services

“Beneath every behavior there is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause, not the symptom.”
~Ashleigh Warner

What types of services does Crimson Hound offer?
  • Private In-Home Coaching
  • Virtual Coaching
  • Day Training Options
  • Small Group Specialty Classes
  • Online Courses
Dog training

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ~ C. S. Lewis
Why choose private in-home or virtual services?
  • No travel required. All sessions take place in your home.
  • Flexible scheduling. You select the days and times that will accommodate your busy lifestyle.
  • Completely customized. Your training plan will be customized and paced to suit your specific needs and goals.
  • Your anxious, fearful dog remains in his safe space. Virtual services have the added advantage of also eliminating the stress of having a stranger enter your home.
  • Some behaviors only occur in the home. When behavior issues only occur in your home, group classes and board and train options are not effective. e.g., guarding particular people, items or spaces, altercations between pets in the home, separation-related behaviors. In-home and virtual options are your best path to successful resolution.
  • Set your dog up for success. When I visit your home (in-person or virtually), I will help you set up a management system to keep your dog from practicing unwanted behaviors while working with you on a plan to modify those behaviors.
  • Sessions are interactive. You will have a chance to get all of your questions answered, practice techniques with your dog and get instant feedback.
  • My time is yours. Your coaching session is all about you and your dog. You have my full and undivided attention for the entirety of our sessions.
  • Added bonuses. Every program comes with a custom homework plan after each session, relevant handouts and/or video tutorials and coaching support between sessions.
  • Virtual Training Session Tips

Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching Sessions

Whether you just brought a new puppy home or have had your dog for years, I am here to help you build a relationship with your dog that is based in trust and understanding through Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching.

Together we will go BEYOND dog training and look at your dog through the holistic ethological lens of the L.E.G.S. framework. We will outline realistic goals and creative solutions that are appropriate for your dog’s breed, age and temperament, and are designed to enrich your dog’s mind and body.  Training solutions will not include the use of force and coercion or “tools” that cause pain.

Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching Sessions are best-suited for:
  • Basic cues: sit, down, stand and stay
  • Teaching focus
  • Recalls (coming when called)
  • Leash manners
  • Greeting behaviors (not jumping up on guests)
  • Boundary training at doorways
  • Dropping and trading stolen items
  • Prevention of resource guarding and separation anxiety
  • House training, crate training and puppy spaces
  • Puppy mouthing, biting and schedules
  • Counter surfing, digging, chewing, etc.
  • Fostering safe interactions between children and dogs
  • Getting ready for a new baby
  • Learning about enrichment
  • Exploring the reasons why your dog does what he does

Family Dog Mediation® for
Fearful, Reactive and Aggressive Behaviors

“Your dog is not giving you a hard time. Your dog is HAVING a hard time.”
“A fearful dog does not need consequences. A fearful dog needs support.” ~Densie Fenzi

The vast majority of dogs that display any type of aggressive behavior are experiencing some level of fear, frustration, anxiety, or stress. A much smaller proportion may simply be displaying the behaviors that humans selectively bred them to perform.

With years of experience in working with these dogs, I can help you and your dog work through these issues with private in-home or virtual dog training services.

Only modern, ethical reward-based methods that follow LIMA Principles (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) will be used. These methods do not rely on the use of force, coercion, punishment or intimidation. As a fear free certified professional, I will not recommend the use of aversive techniques and quick fixes such as squirt bottles, leash corrections, choke collars, slip leads, prong collars, or e-collars (AKA bark collar, vibration collar, training collar, shock collar) as a means to address problem behaviors.   Clients who are currently using aversive tools will never be turned away, however my goal will be to work toward eliminating them.

Family Dog Mediation® for Fearful, Reactive and Aggressive Behavior Coaching Sessions are best suited for dogs that:
  • Bark and lunge at dogs, people or moving objects
  • Bark, growl or cower when meeting strangers
  • Guard food, toys, people or spaces
  • Fight with other dogs in your home
  • Fence fight with other dogs
  • Act out when left home alone
  • Have issues with being handled
  • Are scared or fearful when introduced to new environments

Online Courses

Crimson Hound’s online courses are asynchronous (no scheduled meetings) to provide the learner with maximum flexibility. You can work on the course from any location – all you need is your computer and an internet connection.  You can work on the course at any time of day or start and stop as needed.  

These courses are priced to fit any budget, while, at the same time, providing high quality content.

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