Does your dog
do any of the following?
incessantly at other dogs
fearful around other dogs
“shy” around new people or situations
answered “yes” to any of the above, you may be one of the many
people who wonder if their dogs will be too out-of -control,
anxious, or disruptive, to participate in a class environment.
For many, the mere thought of it seems completely unrealistic;
“Surely my dog will be way too much to handle, I’ll only be
embarrassed, and we’ll probably both end up getting kicked out
of class!” Unfortunately, many of our students have shared
horror stories from their experiences in other group classes,
where things did not go well.
So here’s the
good news; at
LLC we feel that done properly, the group class environment can
actually be the best place for you
and your sensitive dog.
Now, keep in
mind that only a skilled, experienced Instructor will understand
how the environment needs to be set up to benefit a sensitive
dog, and that not all dogs with social issues are a good fit for
a group class experience. If your dog exhibits behavior that
concerns you, do not put off finding a solution, because the
longer the problem goes unaddressed, the harder it is to modify.
Please give us a call, and based on the details of your dogs
behavioral history, we will determine whether a group class, or
a private in-home consultation, is the best option for you both.
Here are some comments from recent Trainers Academy, LLC grads with sensitive dogs:
"Barney and I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa's class. I really appreciated her expert advice, wisdom and never-ending patience, especially in dealing with a fearful dog like Barney. She and the volunteer trainers, Jennifer and Christine were very knowledgeable and helpful and fun, too!"
~Joanne Berry with Barney
"Hi all at Trainer's Academy/Woofolgy,
We just completed puppy training classes with Sue and her team last week at your place and wanted to thank you all for all your help and guidance in training my puppy Bella. When we started there, Bella was an extremely shy puppy who was very scared of both dogs and people. The very first class Sue assured me and my husband to just give Bella some time with those classes and be patient and that she would come out of her shell. I was not very sure of that, having seen her being so reluctant to even get close to any of the other puppies in her class. But we kept listening to the training team and their advise and did what they suggested us to do. One of Sue's suggestion was to start putting Bella in day-care to help her with her socialization further. We started that as well. By week 3, we started seeing huge improvements in Bella's socialization skills. The staff at your day-care has been so wonderful and nice to her and has contributed so much towards developing her socialization skills. Today Bella is such an outgoing puppy who plays with all kinds of dogs and people. I cannot believe the transformation I've seen in her. Sue has very aptly named her "party girl" :). The same puppy who refused to come out from under our chairs in week 1 and 2 at your class, now wants to play with every dog in sight! I cannot thank all of you enough for that :).
Even though her puppy classes have come to an end and your daycare is a little out of our way, we continue to take her there because she loves it there and I am very comfortable leaving her with your awesome daycare staff.
I especially want to thank Sue and her team for being so patient and so encouraging with her (and me) Thanks to them, and to the daycare staff, I have a completely transformed puppy. So, thank you so much for all your help and effort. And keep doing the great work you all do with dogs and pet parents!"
--Priya Singh with Bella