I also offer full-time in-home training at $1,000 per month (depending upon whether or not your dog is potty trained) . Just as language immersion produces faster learning and a more expansive vocabulary, in-home immersion solidifies manners and in-home skills to a level beyond expectation. In addition, it gives you a much more complete idea of what your dog is learning. I send out regular video and picture updates to all of my customers via text messaging.
The commands that you can expect your dog to learn while training in my home are:
Get down: Is your dog allowed on furniture? I will find out the rules associated with furniture in your home and enforce them in mine. If your dog is allowed on furniture at home, it will be in my home as well, but will learn a "get down" for those times when company may be over and you decide you don't want your dog on the couch.
I can also teach dogs to only get on furniture when invited and get down when asked.
If your dog is never allowed on furntiure, this concept will be enforced in my home as well.
Proper greeting/sit for pets: I teach all dogs that the way to ask for attention and affection is to sit calmly in front of you--no more jumping, mouthing, pawing or rambunctious behavior. If your dog wants to be patted, it will ask for affection by approaching you and sitting calmly. At pickup, I teach you how to recreate the greet drill at home.
Go on or get: We all love our dogs, but there are certain scenarios where we just want our space. For example, when we are eating or when the dog has asked for attention and affection to the point of wearing out its welcome, there are times when we just need them to go lay down and give us our space. This command teaches your dog to remove itself from the area calmly on command.
"Get back" at the doors: When I get ready to head out of the front or back door my dogs tend to get excited by the possibility of joining me. Having multiple dogs crowd me at the door is not enjoyable, particularly because my young son can easily be knocked over by an excited dog. For this reason, when I approach a door, I tell all of my dogs to "get back." They immediately take several steps back to give me a wide birth at the door. My dogs also know that this means they are not to rush through a door when it opens. I often unload my groceries with the front door propped wide open and several dogs standing there waiting by giving the " get back" command.
Your dog's name is its invitation to follow you through a door: After being told "back" at a door, I may decide that I want to let one dog out, but not the whole group. In order to ensure an orderly and calm flow of traffic, each dog learns to wait until I say its name to follow me through the door.
Calm behavior inside: Wrestling, roughhousing, retrieving, throwing toys around--those behaviors are for outside with the other dogs in the yard. Wrestling and roughhousing in the house knocks furntiure and small kids over, therefore no playing with other dogs is allowed in the house. If Mason or I interact in a playful way with a dog in the house, this is acceptable. But for the most part, the house is a place for calm, obedient behavior--playing is for outside.
Behavior modification: This program has also been extremely successful at addressing other behaviors not listed above. For example, Pearl the yellow Lab had an excessive licking problem when she came to stay with me for in-home advanced obedience. Whether it was licking Mason and I, other dogs, or just licking the air, all you heard was the flick of her tongue as Pearl moved through the house. Through in-home immersion training I was able to communicate with Pearl that her licking was an undesirable behavior. I taught the techniques to Pearl's owners at their visit and by the completion of training decreased Pearl's licking by about 95%.
How you use this course is at your discretion. Do you want your dog in my home throughout its training? Or, do you want your dog in the kennels for the first 3 months of basic retriever trianing, then in the house full time for its final month? My training plans are flexible and tailored to the individual dog and owner.
Full-time in-home training cost $850 per month, which includes the cost of the traditional training program that your dog is enrolled in at the time of their in home training.
*** I only accept 1 dog at a time for the full time in home program, so please reserve your space as soon as possible if interested.***