Hi there! My name is Nanette
I have been an animal lover all my life. I grew up with my Boxer Brutus. When I was 10, I remember watching my mom train him and I thought, “that’s not right you’re hurting him.” She used a choke chain and punishment to “correct” his “bad” behavior instead of rewarding him for his “good” behavior. He was a good dog…he may have been “the best dog ever” if he had different training. Back in that time period, there was only aversive (meaning: punishing your dog into being good) training. I didn’t like it then and I REALLY don’t like it now. My method of training is based on scientific learning theories, reward based and force-free training. i.e. Positive Reinforcement training.
I became a dog trainer in 2015 graduating from Animal Behavior College in 2016 where I earned my certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. (ABC) is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school. My year-long commitment to this program has provided me with a formal education in canine obedience training and understanding behavior and its motives. I have hands-on experience training many different dogs in many different scenarios learning the different temperaments and behaviors of each dog;
- I currently volunteer at a dog rescue training and walking dogs. Training gives them structure and a jump start to finding their forever home.
- I volunteered at an animal shelter for 9 months, training and walking dogs, while still in school.
- I was an intern for 3 months where group classes and puppy socialization classes were held
- I worked at a board and train facility for 5 months learning different ways to build trust and confidence in both the dogs and myself.
- I have also given private lessons and had great success with the owners and their pups.***see testimonials
I have learned so much from the dogs I trained and from the people who mentored me; answering so many questions I had about what to do, what not to do, timing, body language and all the hands-on skills needed to become a great dog trainer. So, I decided to take all of that information along with my passion and compassion and step out on faith and start my own dog training business.
I continue to work on my education in dog training. I am taking classes and attending tradeshows.
What We do
- Week 1 the name game, sit, down, stand, touch
- Week 2 sit/down-stay, focus, leave it, mat work, drop
- Week 3 sit/down-stay, intro to heel, heel with focus
- Week 4 sit/down-stay with distractions, loose leash walking, recall
- Week 5 loose leash walking with distractions, recall
- Week 6 Review of all behaviors from weeks 1-5 and GRADUATION!!!
- Show aggressive or reactive displays in response to people, dogs or other animals
- Panic when left alone/separation anxiety (bark, howl, house soil, drool, destructive chewing when alone)
- Are fearful, scared or anxious in response to people, dogs or other animals
- Are fearful, scared or anxious in response to sounds, objects, or storms
- Are protective/possessive of/aggressive around food, toys, bed, or other objects (resource guarding)
- Do not like to be touched, handled or groomed
- Ignore their owner/will not come or stay when asked
- Jumping to greet people
- Pull on leash when walking
- Door Dashing/ running out the front door
- Puppy concerns including nipping, teething, chewing, house training. crate training, alone training, socialization guidance and problem prevention
Next level basic obedience
- I will walk your dog for you while you are working or just out and worried about your precious baby needing a potty break and some outside time.
- I will also feed and spend time playing and/or giving your dog a little exercise if you are unable to or just want to give him/her a little “extra” but don’t have the time to do so.
What Drives Us
To provide you with a better understanding of the way humans and dogs communicate with each other through our body language. And, to help you and your dog live in harmony for many years.