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Dog Training

Pawsitive Partners: From Rambunctious to Relaxed - One Walk at a Time

Ruth, owner of Creature Good Dog Training and Angela, owner of Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting share a mission and are collaborating to help create a relaxed and fear-free dog walking future for all our fearful and reactive friends.

With Ruth’s wealth of experience in education and life coaching, alongside a profound understanding of canine behavior, she brings a unique blend of skills to our dog walking team. She believes in the power of positive reinforcement, fear-free practices, and the pivotal role of understanding your dog's world. Ruth believes that dog training is more than just teaching cues; it is about creating a language of love and mutual respect, enabling you and your furry companion to experience a joyful journey of growth and understanding.

Angela, combines her deep-rooted passion for animals with a solid foundation in behavior analysis and education and a dedication to fear-free practices. Her journey, fueled by a love for nature and the joy of seeing growth in all forms of life, creates dog walking services that cherish and celebrate each pet's individuality and support them to live their best life. 

With our combined dog training and dog walking services, we blend understanding with action, turning challenges into wins. We focus on transforming "Oh no!" moments into "Aha!" successes, using a mix of empathy, science, and just the right amount of fun, plus lots of yummy treats! It's all about making the journey enjoyable with kindness, love, and the occasional laugh. 

Their approach is woven with patience, love, and an unwavering commitment to ensuring every pet feels safe, understood, and loved. Together, they offer an all encompassing dog walking and training service tailored to address the unique needs of your dog, focusing on building confidence, changing unwanted behaviors, and teaching basic manners. 

Our Walk and Train program is more than just training or dog walking sessions. It is a holistic experience designed to fit seamlessly into your lifestyle, ensuring sustainable transformations that foster a harmonious living environment for both you and your pet.

As "Pawsitive Partners," we're not just trainers or dog walkers; we're your allies in creating a future where every walk is a step towards confidence, every session is a leap towards understanding, and every interaction is a testament to the unbreakable bond between you and your pet. Join us in our Walk and Train program, and pave the path to a more relaxed, joyful, and fear-free tomorrow.

Customized Training Programs: Tailored to address specific needs from basic leash manners to addressing and minimizing reactivity and unwanted behaviors on dog walks. Each training program consists of 1-2 private 45 minute in-person sessions determined by the dog’s needs and your training goals, a comprehensive written follow-up, and a wealth of resources to support your journey. 

*Please note, if you need dog training that isn’t about dog walking or reactivity specifically (like indoor barking, basic manners, resource guarding, chewing, etc), Ruth is more than happy to help you in those areas directly through her dog training company. If you are a current PDWPS client, you will receive 15% off her training services. Please visit her website directly to schedule a free consultation. 

Walk and Train Services: For our furry friends needing extra care and support on their walks, we offer specialized Walk and Train sessions that combine the joys of walking with personalized training. We ensure a safe and nurturing environment, focusing on building skills and confidence with every step. Our highly skilled and trained team, committed to fear-free and force-free methods, works closely with you and your pet to customize a program that not only meets but exceeds your expectations. We recommend at least two sessions per week to ensure consistent progress. The transition from Walk and Train I to II and eventually to Walk and Maintain is flexible, depending on your dog's development and your involvement in their learning journey.

Continuous Support and Progress Tracking: We believe in the power of collaboration. Detailed notes and open lines of communication ensure you're always in the loop, celebrating every milestone alongside us. Our approach is flexible, adaptive, and always in tune with your pet's evolving needs. You are never alone on this journey. 

Expert Collaboration: With Ruth and Angela guiding our Walk and Train services, you can trust your dog is in the most capable and caring hands. They are leading the way with expertise, compassion, and toolkits filled with strategies tailored just for your furry friend. While Angela is a powerhouse of knowledge and skill in dog walking, she also knows that sometimes a niche expertise can make all the difference in helping a reactive dog. That's why, under Ruth’s guidance, our team will get that extra layer of specialized support when needed.

Walk and Train Sessions

Consultation with Certified Dog Trainer, Ruth

Dedicated Support Network: The Team remains committed to supporting you and your dog, offering advice and assistance grounded in fear-free practices, with the shared goal of becoming PPAB (Pet Professional Accreditation Board) Professionals as a testament to our expertise and dedication to humane, effective training methods.

Initial Assessment: The certified dog trainer conducts an initial assessment to understand the dog's specific needs, behaviors, and current skill level.

Skill Building: The trainer focuses on teaching foundational skills using positive reinforcement, force-free, and fear-free methods. This includes basic cues like sit, stay, come, touch; pattern games like Up/Down, Ping-Pong, and 1-2-3 to build confidence; and addressing specific behaviors like leash reactivity, pulling, scavenging, or shyness.

 

Owner Involvement: The trainer works closely with you, providing them with tools and knowledge to reinforce these skills at home, emphasizing fear-free techniques, ensuring consistency in training.

 

Walk and Train I sessions with Sarika, Angela, or Laura 

Skill Transfer: Sarika (CPDT-KA) is a certified dog trainer with experience in training service dogs, excitment and fear based reactivity, aggression, and basic manners. Angela and Laura, both hold dog training diplomas, Fear Free certifications, and are aspiring CTT-A credential holders. One of the trainers will join one of the training sessions with Ruth to understand the specific approaches and cues used for your pup. 

Continued Training: They continue the fear-free training regimen, keeping your pup under threshold, reinforcing foundational skills and building upon them with patience and positive reinforcement, and adding in desensitization and counter conditioning opportunities for X amount of sessions.

Progress Monitoring: Regular updates and detailed notes are shared with you highlighting the fear-free approaches, ensuring transparency and collaborative progress. 

Walk and Train II sessions with Nick, Erin, or Trisha 

Intermediate Skill Reinforcement: As your pup masters foundational skills, Nick, Erin, or Trisha, all Fear Free certified and aspiring CTT-A credential holders, shadow Angela or Laura so they can take over to reinforce these skills, focusing on consistency and reliability in different environments for X amount of sessions. 

Challenges and Solutions: Any new challenges encountered with the transition are documented and addressed with positive, fear-free methods, ensuring the dog's well-being and progress.

Owner Engagement: Regular feedback sessions with you to discuss progress, challenges, and adjustments needed in training strategies.

Walk and Maintain I sessions with Fear Free Certified Dog Walker

Maintenance Mode: Once your pup has shown consistent progress and is responding well to basic cues and behavioral cues, the Fear Free certified dog walkers shadow Nick, Erin, or Trisha, and take over to maintain and reinforce the training, ensuring the dog continues to feel secure and understood.

Consistent Reinforcement: The dog walkers are trained to reinforce the training consistently, ensuring that your pup does not regress in their behavior or skills.

Ongoing Support: The team remains available for any questions, concerns, or further training needs, ensuring the dog's continued success and well-being.

Walk and Maintain II sessions with a regular dog walker 

Maintenance Mode: Once your pup has shown consistent progress and is responding well to basic cues and behavioral cues, the dog walkers will shadow one of our Fear Free team members and take over to maintain and reinforce the training, ensuring the dog continues to feel secure and understood.

Consistent Reinforcement: The dog walkers are trained to reinforce the training consistently, ensuring that the dog does not regress in their behavior or skills.

Ongoing Support: The team remains available for any questions, concerns, or further training needs, ensuring the dog's continued success and well-being.

Consultation

45 minutes:

60 minutes:

$175

$225

Post Consultation Support

Email:

Video Chat 30 minutes:

$60

$90

Video Chat 45 minutes:

Video Chat 60 minutes:

Shadow Dog Walker:

$135

$175

$90+

Video Team Meeting, including dog walker:

$175

Walk and Train I Sessions

20 minutes:

30 minutes:

45 minutes:

60 minutes:

$47

$56

$65

$70

Walk and Maintain I Sessions

20 minutes:

30 minutes:

45 minutes:

60 minutes:

$32

$41

$50

$55

Walk and Train II Sessions

20 minutes:

30 minutes:

45 minutes:

60 minutes:

$39

$48

$54

$62

Walk and Maintain II Sessions

20 minutes:

30 minutes:

45 minutes:

60 minutes:

$30

$39

$48

$53

"Highly, highly recommend!"

“I have used Pawsitive Dawg consistently over the past two years, both for multiple weekly dog walking visits and occasional cat sitting when I'm out of town. Angela and her team are phenomenal. In addition to being incredibly reliable and responsive, I particularly appreciate the strong focus on positive reinforcement, evidenced by their participation in programs such as the Pet Professional Guild. Due to worries about my dog's anxiety around new people, this was the first company that I trusted with my pets, and I could not be more pleased. Highly, highly recommend.”

~ Jane B

Review from Google

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