Dances with Dogs

Helping you become your pet's top dog

DOG TRAINING

Helping you create a better relationship with your dog!

Learning shouldn’t hurt

Force-free training ensures a fun, rewarding learning experience for you and your dog, whether you want to kick bad habits like potty accidents and counter-surfing, or teach amazing new skills like a reliable off-leash recall.

Our methods are based on the science of behavioral modification. We can discourage unwanted behaviors, teach rock-solid reliable cues and encourage a love of learning, all by using rewards, not punishments, to get and sustain your dog’s attention.

Why we don’t use painful tools

Prong collars, choke chains, e-collars and other “quick-fix” tools are advertised to be gentle and humane, but scientific studies have shown that they do more harm than good. These tools have to be painful in order to work, sometimes resulting in increased stress and aggression, and worsening of the very behaviors that they are meant to prevent.

Through strategic use of rewards, timing, and communication, we are able to teach animals in ways that are always enjoyable to them. You’ll love seeing your pet’s face light up when it’s time to train. Learning should always be fun and leave your pet begging for more.

Modern, reward-based training originated with marine animal trainers. If an 8,000-pound whale can be successfully trained with these methods, your pets can too.

Types of training we offer:

  • Potty-training
  • Obedience training
  • Problem-solving to break bad habits like begging, table surfing, excessive barking and resource guarding
  • Collaborative training for fear-free grooming and vet visits.
  • Cat training – yes, we train cats too! Ask us about litter training, behavior modification and stress-free grooming and vet visits for cats.

Learn more about Force-Free Training

Don’t Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor is a wonderful book to start with; it’s great for developing an understanding of basic behavioral modification principles. You can even apply the concepts to improve how you drive change in your kids, your partner, and even yourself. Positive reinforcement really works!

Participate in tRade & get discounts!

Get discounts on our services by trading in your old pet gear. By participating in “Project tRade” you can earn up to 15% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier! See our Project tRade page to find out how it works.

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