Is Piper's Place a good fit for you and your dog?
I consider myself to be an open minded dog trainer, which means I focus on the dog and family in front of me, then develop a training plan that will be the most successful for that family long term. I use a combination of rewards, guidance, consequences (positive and negative), leadership and fairness to create a balanced, well-rounded learning experience. I strongly believe that in order to have a healthy relationship and clear communication with your dog, you need to teach "yes" and "no," how to understand the differences between them, and how to make decisions that will predict certain outcomes. My training programs start with and focus heavily on positive reinforcement, relationship building, boundaries, and structure since these aspects of learning are crucial for achieving long term training sucess. My goal is to build your dog up to his/her highest potential and make learning a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone.
Please browse the FAQ to learn about my methods and the tools I use. Again, the tools of choice will depend on your dog and what your dog needs to reach his/her highest potential. If you have any questions or concerns, I'd be happy to answer them!
I consider myself to be an open minded dog trainer. This means I don't limit the methods I can use and, instead, focus on what each dog needs to reach his/her highest potential. This has been the most successful approach in my personal career because there is no limit to what your dog can do and learn. No matter what issue your dog is having, we can think outside the box to find what works best for you and your dog!
I sure do! A training tool is anything a trainer uses to help themselves and a dog reach a certain goal. My "toolbox" includes crates, flat collars, slip leads, food, toys, affection, prong collars, muzzles, e-collars, and more. Remember that my job is to teach you and your dog, which means that no training tool will ever be used on your dog or sent home without both of you being 100% confident in it's proper use. Your dog's safety and wellbeing is my NUMBER ONE priority. If a prong collar or e-collar is part of your dog's training program, you'll be requested to feel the levels of pressure we're using on your dog so you fully understand the entire process.
These are two questions I'm asked regularly and love answering them. The short answer: NO. The long answer: No training program will guarantee your dog being perfectly trained for life if you don't continue and maintain the training at home. Just like when we learn a new skill, if we don't practice this new knowledge, we will lose it! In order to maintain that newly created muscle memory, you have to use it. Dogs are not robots, which means a 3-4 week training program won't become permanent knowledge that never needs maintenance. If you want a well behaved dog that retains what he/she learned during training, that continued maintenance at home is part of the package deal.
The reason for and goal of a board and train is to teach your dog the building blocks and foundation to create lifelong healthy habits. These programs are extremely beneficial because a trained professional spends hours building 100s of repetitions of each new skill, so your job is just to maintain these new expectations and rules at home. It's the perfect option for families that are super busy, or just want a well behaved dog without becoming a dog trainer themselves. It's hard to keep up with your dog's training, especially when life gets hectic, which is why I'm proud to offer so many great client benefits. I want to be your dog trainer for life so you always have a trusted professional to reach out to when you need a refresher or help getting back into a routine with your dog.
Piper's Place is different, and happy to be, in many ways!
Your dog stays with me in my home rather than a separate facility, which means all of the new skills being taught are practiced in real life scenarios. This makes your dog's transition home MUCH easier.
I focus on quality over quantity 100% of the time. I only have a maximum of 4 dogs in for training at a time so your dog receives the time, care and attention he/she deserves to have the most successful training experience possible.
I focus on training YOU just as much as I focus on training your dog. I'm able to train dogs all day long for fun, but if I can't train YOU to continue that training at home, all of the time and money spent was wasted. My programs focus on staying in touch with you and keeping you informed of what your dog is learning every step of the way. I also require interactive reading and homework assignments while your dog is training with us so you know exactly what to expect at the go-home lesson and what to do when you get back home with your dog. I also offer multiple client benefits to help you whether your dog completed training 6 months ago or 6 years ago.
I require longer stays than most training facilities. Can I complete a full basic obedience program is 1.5-2 weeks? Definitely, but that requires immediately putting a lot of unneeded stress on your dog to reach those goals in a short amount of time. With a program being a minimum of 3 weeks, I am able to allow your dog time to decompress, get comfortable, and build trust with us so he/she is ready to learn. I've found this to help an unbelievable amount with knowledge retention because your dog is in a healthy, relaxed mindset that allows him/her to learn new information.