Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching – Dogs & Puppies

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Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching for Dogs & Puppies

Whether you just brought a new puppy home or have had your dog for months or even years, I will help you build a relationship with your dog based in trust and understanding through Family Dog Mediation® .

These programs are best-suited for:
  • Basic manners 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 that your dog does what he does

If you do not see your particular issue on this list, that’s okay. We can customize one of the Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching programs described below to meet your needs. You may be a better fit for one of my Fearful, Reactive and Aggressive dog programs. Please email me to discuss your situation.

Were you referred to Crimson Hound by your veterinarian, a pet professional or a family friend? Send me an email and tell me who I can thank for the referral and I will send you a one-time coupon code for 10% off the price of a package.


Family Dog Mediation® Package Options

Everyone is in a different place with regard to knowledge and training experience. This is why Crimson Hound offers two styles of Family Dog Mediation® and Coaching programs.

The same programs are also available as packages specifically designed for puppies that are four months old and younger. I will help you through potty training and sleepless nights and set you up for success as you enter the teething and adolescent stages of puppy growth.

Which one is right for you?

Are you new to dog training? Do you have the time and want to take on the challenge with the support of a professional dog trainer to guide you on every step of the journey?

Teaching new behaviors and changing old habits can be a daunting process. That’s why I developed the Complete Canine Program. This program will provide you with all of the training and coaching support necessary to set you up for success. The Complete Canine Program or Complete Puppy Program includes the Initial Mediation Session plus 2, 4 or 6 coaching sessions, coaching support between sessions, customized session notes and homework after each session plus much more.

Do you have a full schedule? Are you struggling to find the time for dog training each day?

The Safe At Home Day Program and Puppy Safe At Home Day Program are designed to accommodate your busy lifestyle. We will outline your goals during our Initial Mediation Session. Then I will come into your home three times each week to teach your dog for you. The length of this program will vary depending on your goals and where your dog is currently sitting along the pathway to success. A minimum commitment of two weeks is required for the Safe At Home DayTraining program.


What happens during the Family Dog Mediation® Session?

Every client begins his/her journey with an Initial Mediation Session.  During this 90-minute session (60 minutes for puppies), we will use the lens of Family Dog Mediation® to look at your dog’s L.E.G.S.® to help you understand why your dog does what he does and explain why many of the “bad behaviors” that you are seeing may just be your dog being the dog he was designed to be.

We will review your goals, look at areas where your dog shines and places where there might be misunderstanding and/or miscommunication between you and your dog. From here, we will begin to develop a solution that will meet the needs of both you and your dog. Your “training” plan will go BEYOND dog training. The solution may involve a bit of learning and compromise on your part as we use your list of wants and desires to develop a realistic set of goals that will also meet your dog’s needs.

What will my journey with Crimson Hound look like?

Your “training” plan will go BEYOND dog training. It will involve management protocols, communication, games, enrichment and, yes, it will involve teaching your dog some new behaviors. It will also involve some compromise and learning on your part.  as we work toward meeting your goals … and your dog’s needs.

Only modern, ethical reward-based methods that follow LIMA training principles will be used – methods that do not rely on the use of force, coercion or intimidation. Your Crimson Hound training plan will NOT include aversive techniques and quick fixes such as squirt bottles, Pet Corrector, leash jerking, flooding, choke collars, slip leads, prong collars, or e-collars (AKA bark collar, vibration collar, training collar, shock collar) to address any unwanted behaviors.  

What happens between coaching sessions?

  • Homework.  After each session, you will receive a list of things to work on.
  • Practice … Practice … Practice.  Behaviors do not just happen overnight.  It takes a lot of practice to teach a skill or modify a behavior.  Set aside time for several short training sessions each day – no more than 5-10 minutes.   
  • Set your dog up for success. Be sure to end sessions while your dog is still having fun so that she will want to come back for another training session.  If you or your dog is getting frustrated, take a short break and regroup.  
  • Distance, Duration and Distraction. When working on any new behavior, add and increase each of these, one at a time and in small increments.
  • Remember …. baby steps.  Take small steps in advancing behaviors.  If you take too big a step and your dog is unsuccessful, reel yourself back a bit.
  • Help your dog generalize new skills.  Just because he knows how to ‘sit’ in the living room, it does not mean that he will immediately know how to ‘sit’ in the kitchen or out in the yard.  Be patient and practice in different locations to help your dog to transfer and generalize behaviors.
  • Keep a training journal.  Sometimes, it can feel like you are making little to no progress, but if you keep a daily training journal, you can look back and see just how far you have come. This is also a great place to keep track of questions that you want to ask during your next session.

Why does Crimson Hound no longer have single sessions?

While the Initial Family Dog Mediation® Session is an extremely informative and integral part of my programs, it is NOT a complete training plan in and of itself. It is simply the stepping-off point for your journey with your dog. In order to be successful, additional coaching sessions are needed to help you incorporate what you learned in the Initial Mediation Session, along with other skills you will learn along the way, into daily life with your dog.

Learning a new skill or changing an old habit is not an overnight process. Depending on how long the dog has been practicing the behavior, it can take a significant amount of time to create a new replacement behavior. This requires time, patience, repetition and consistency. Crimson Hound’s coaching program options provide flexibility, while still providing support to you and your dog throughout your journey.

“It takes as long as it takes. There is no time limit on behavior change.”

~ Deb Jones, Ph.D.


Complete Canine Package

.The Complete Canine Program provides you with all of the training and coaching support necessary to set you up for success – coaching sessions in the privacy of your own home, extended coaching support, video tutorials, and more.

Keep in mind that the fewer coaching sessions you choose, the lower the probability of reaching the goals that you have established for you and your dog.

The Complete Canine Program includes:
  • Initial Family Dog Mediation®  Session (1.5 hours)
  • Two, Four or Six 60-minute coaching sessions
  • Custom homework plan after each coaching session
  • Your New Dog booklet
  • Relevant handouts &/or reading material
  • Video tutorials
  • Coaching support between sessions

This program can be extended in 2-week packs as needed.

Coaching topics may include: management and enrichment protocols, resource guarding and separation anxiety prevention, separation-related behaviors, chewing, communication, polite greetings, leash manners and basic recall games plus basic cues such as sit, down, stay, and drop. Topics will vary as every program is customized to each client’s unique needs.

** A 2-week Extension can be purchased within 5 days of completion of purchased program.

Were you referred to Crimson Hound by your veterinarian, a pet professional or a family friend? Send me an email and tell me who I can thank for the referral and I will send you a one-time coupon code for 10% off the price of this package.


Complete Puppy Program

Puppies are little bundles of energy who use their their noses and mouths to explore the world. Even if you have had a puppy in the past, they can be a challenge. That’s why I developed the Complete Puppy Program. This program provides you with everything necessary to set you and your puppy up for success – coaching sessions in the privacy of your own home, video tutorials, a 35-page booklet and more.

The Complete Puppy Program includes:
  • Initial Family Dog Mediation®  Session – Puppy version (1 hour)
  • Two, Four or Six 45-minute coaching sessions
  • Custom homework plan after each coaching session
  • Your New Puppy booklet
  • Relevant handouts &/or reading material
  • Video tutorials
  • Coaching support between sessions
This program can be extended in 2-week packs as needed.

Coaching topics may include: management and enrichment protocols, potty training, resource guarding and separation anxiety prevention, teething and chewing, communication, polite greetings, leash manners and basic recall games plus cues such as sit, down, stay, and drop. Topics will vary as every program is customized to each client’s unique needs.

** A 2-week Extension can be purchased within 5 days of completion of purchased program.

Were you referred to Crimson Hound by your veterinarian, a pet professional or a family friend? Send me an email and tell me who I can thank for the referral and I will send you a one-time coupon code for 10% off the price of this package.


Safe at Home Day Program

Feeling overwhelmed about your dog’s training or behavior issues? Difficulty in finding time in your schedule to work with your dog every day? Worried about sending your dog away for a board-and-train program? Let Crimson Hound do the heavy lifting with a fully-customized program held right in the safety of your own home!

The Safe at Home Day Program is the perfect alternative to a board-and-train program. When you enroll in this program, I will visit three times each week to work one-on-one with your dog – in your home and around your neighborhood. Your dog stays in your home for the entirety of the program and is trained using only reward-based methods that are based on the latest in dog behavior science. Aversive tools and methods will NEVER be used when working with your dog.

During the Initial Family Dog Mediation® Session, we will discuss your goals and your dog’s needs. From this, we will develop a customized training plan that will guide us through the program. This training plan will be a living document to which we can expect to makes changes as we move through the process.

Teaching your dog new skills and changing old habits is only a portion of the equation when it comes to modifying behaviors and learning new skills!

When thinking about which program to choose, keep in mind that the fewer coaching sessions you choose, the lower the probability of reaching the goals that you have established for you and your dog.

This program includes the necessary dog training, but also includes tons of support for YOU as well. Over the course of the program, you will receive post-session updates and short videos so you know what skills we are working on. You will be asked to schedule a weekly skills transfer session so that I can coach you through each step so that you can continue to work with your dog throughout the week.


The Safe At Home Day Program includes:
  • Initial Family Dog Mediation®  Session (1.5 hours)
  • Minimum of 2 weeks of in-home sessions (3 times per week)
  • Weekly skills transfer session with owners
  • Video updates and custom homework plan after each session
  • Your New Dog booklet
  • Relevant handouts &/or reading material
  • Video tutorials
  • Coaching support between sessions
  • Enrichment activities at the end of every session

This program can be extended in 2-week packs as needed.

Day Training is perfect for:
  • Basic cues such as sit, down, stay, place, drop, etc.
  • Leash manners
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Inability to relax
  • Impulse control issues around food, toys and doorways
  • Confidence building
  • Cooperative care techniques for grooming and husbandry
  • Crate training
Day Training NOT a good option for:
  • Separation anxiety
  • Potty training issues
  • Extremely fearful dogs
  • Behaviors that occur only when owner is present

** A 2-week Extension can be purchased within 5 days of completion of purchased program.

Were you referred to Crimson Hound by your veterinarian, a pet professional or a family friend? Send me an email and tell me who I can thank for the referral and I will send you a one-time coupon code for 10% off the price of this package.


Puppy Safe at Home Day Program

The Puppy Safe at Home Day Program is the puppy version of my Safe at Home Day Program adn is designed for puppies that are under 4 months of age. When you enroll in this program, I will visit three times each week to work one-on-one with your puppy – in your home and around your neighborhood. Your puppy stays in your home for the entirety of the program and is trained using only reward-based methods that are based on the latest in dog behavior science. Aversive tools and methods will NEVER be used when working with your puppy.

During the Initial Family Dog Mediation® Session, we will discuss your goals and your puppy’s needs. From this, we will develop a customized training plan that will guide us through the program. This training plan will be a living document to which we can expect to makes changes as we move through the process.

Teaching your puppy new skills and changing old habits is only a portion of the equation when it comes to modifying behaviors and learning new skills!

When thinking about which program to choose, keep in mind that the fewer coaching sessions you choose, the lower the probability of reaching the goals that you have established for you and your puppy.

This program includes the necessary dog training, but it also includes tons of support for YOU as well. Over the course of the program, you will receive post-session updates and short videos so that you know what skills we are working on. You will be asked to schedule a weekly skills transfer session so that I can coach you through each step so that you can continue to work with your dog throughout the week.


The Puppy Safe At Home School Day Program includes:
  • Initial Family Dog Mediation®  Session – Puppy version (1 hour)
  • Minimum of 2 weeks of in-home sessions (3 times per week)
  • Weekly skills transfer session with owners
  • Video updates and custom homework plan after each session
  • Your New Puppy booklet
  • Relevant handouts &/or reading material
  • Video tutorials
  • Coaching support between sessions
  • Enrichment activities at the end of every session

This program can be extended in 2-week packs as needed.

Day Training is perfect for:
  • Basic cues such as sit, down, stay, place, drop, etc.
  • Leash manners
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Inability to relax
  • Impulse control issues around food, toys and doorways
  • Confidence building
  • Cooperative care techniques for grooming and husbandry
  • Crate training
  • Teaching puppy how to be alone
Day Training NOT a good option for:
  • Separation anxiety
  • Potty training issues
  • Extremely fearful dogs
  • Behaviors that occur only when owner is present

** A 2-week Extension can be purchased within 5 days of completion of purchased program.

Were you referred to Crimson Hound by your veterinarian, a pet professional or a family friend? Send me an email and tell me who I can thank for the referral and I will send you a one-time coupon code for 10% off the price of this package.

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