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BRAINS, BONES AND BEHAVIOR

We offer group classes, private training, day training, board and train or the online Academy

2020 Group Classes

Puppy Learning Games

Ft Lowell Park
Start Dates
April 2 4 pm
6 week class $150 ($125 if paid a week in advance)

Foundation Skills

Ft Lowell Park
Start Dates
April 2 5:30 pm
6 week class $150 ($125 if paid a week in advance)

Reactive Dog Class

Ft Lowell Park
Start Dates
April 3 4 pm
6 week class $150 ($125 if paid a week in advance)

Detection Dog Basics

Ft Lowell Park
Start Dates
April 3 5;30 pm
6 week class $150 ($125 if paid a week in advance)

Tiny Tyrants

Ft Lowell Park
Start Dates
April 8 4 pm
6 week class $150 ($125 if paid a week in advance)

Snake Avoidance Without Shock

Ft Lowell Park
Start Dates
April 8 5:30 pm
6 week class $125 ($100 if paid a week in advance)

2020 Private Sessions

Behavior Change Program

This is a 2 month custom program that covers what you need for your dog to be the best s/he can be.  

$ 1200

Dogs are not humans. Dogs do dog things. Chewing a bone or the wooden table leg is how a dog reduces stress or staves off boredom. Obviously we don't want the dog to chew all the wood in the house. These behaviors are easily handled with a standard program that shows the dog what IS allowed but still within what a dog does as a dog. Being a dog and doing dog things is not "bad", just unacceptable to a human. Several our of private programs address these issues and show you how to teach your dog what to do instead of drive you to drinking.

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Stress Program

3 day stress detox and 6 month behavior program

$ 500

There are legitimate issues however, that are not a dog just being a dog. Stress is the cause of most behavior issues that are not a dog just being a dog. Whether its stress as most understand it, or just the stress of being bored; reducing stress and eliminating the buildup of stress hormones in a dogs body greatly reduces unacceptable behavior.
Reducing stress and stress hormones also shortens a behavior change program from 6 months to 6 weeks in most cases. Our empowerment program is what you need to consider when your dog is showing aggression, fear, OCD types behaviors, noise phobias, being overly protective of you or objects, and many other conditions.   

Foundation Skills

This includes all general programs like Manners and Puppy

$ 800

Since WWI, obedience basics (sit, down, come, heel, stay) have been the basis of most dog training programs. Originally designed to create a dog that would listen and work in the fastest manner possible, often needing punishment based methods to get that speed.
But are those behaviors really going to teach a dog to live in our world successfully? What about self control, impulse control, no digging/biting/jumping/chewing? Our manners program teaches the dog how to behave even when you aren't there to yell "sit!!!". 

Enrichment

This includes Separation Anxiety and Noise Phobia if needed.

$ 400

We ask our dogs to live in an alien world. We've created this world and have our own entertainments and activities geared to humans, not dogs. Some people take their dogs for walks everyday or hiking two times a week. But is that really enough to keep your dog from going nuts from boredom.
Try our enrichment program. It takes less time per week than a daily walk or that twice a week hike. You could still do one of those, but your dog will thrive with daily species appropriate enrichment. 

3 Week Board and Train Program

$2000

This program is for troubled dogs who need a head start on getting back to basics and relearning, or learning for the first time, how to live in a human world without stress.  Aggression, reactivity, separation anxiety; obssesive compulsive behaviors like barking, escaping, circling, and chasing shadows; noise phobias, handling issues (anyone touching the dog or just not being able to do his nails) and much more.

This is in most cases just a jump start.  The emotional baggage that comes with most behavior issues does not resolve with obedience programs or in a short 3 weeks.  

This program is designed so that the humans who live with the dog also get trained.  Without change in the way the dog is dealt with at home, whatever we do in the program will fade.  The humans get 4 hours of training on top of this program.

Day Training

$35 per day minimum 2 weeks

Day training is for the same issues and programs that a board and train program would be for.  The difference being is that the dog goes home every night with homework for the humans.  

Day training takes 2 hours a day where we work with your dog to resolve his behavior issues, or to just get some foundation skills.

There are distinct advantages to day training.  Your dog gets concentrated attention from our trainers just as they would in a board and train situation, but you pay much less.  You can also continue the day training for as long as it takes for the dog to able to live in your human world without stress and without the coping mechanisms and inappropriate behaviors they started with.

2 Week Puppy Board and Train Program

$1000

This program is for puppies from 8 weeks to 16 weeks old.  We work on the basics of potty training, self-control, impulse control, biting, nipping, chewing, stealing toys and tissues and other items, digging, and all the puppy behaviors that happen.

This is a jump start program for a puppy.  There is little maturity in a puppy less than 5 months old and although there are always exceptions, most puppies still have their moments and no dog is competely reliable until at least 18 months old.

This program is designed so that the humans who live with the dog also get trained. Without change in the way the dog is dealt with at home, whatever we do in the program will fade. The humans get 4 hours of training on top of this program.

Service Dog Program

$3600 to $20,000

Service dogs are becoming more and more a part of society as a necessary medical device (which is what they are considered by law).  As research continues on how dogs can help us, new uses are discovered monthly - mostly having to do with a dog's incredible olfactory senses.

If you do a lot of research on obtaining a service dog, you will find prices from 10,000 to 60,000.  There are the large organizations that operate on donations but their waiting lists are generally 4 to 5 years long.

Our pricing is set based on what type of training you want.  The US Federal Govt allows an owner to train a service dog.  The only requirements are that the owner is disabled and that the dog is TRAINED to help the owner by doing tasks or work that is DIRECTLY related to the disability.  Obedience does not qualify.

So you can train your dog in our online academy, locally to us with group classes or private lessons, or bring your dog to us for 8 to 12 months of training.