Reactivity, Aggression, Anxiety, Barking, Biting, Fearfulness, Guarding, Jumping, Pulling, House-Training, Recall and Any Other Issues...

USING COMPASSIONATE, POSITIVE, FORCE-FREE METHODS: THE MODERN APPROACH TO CANINE BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT:
In recent years, the entire philosophy and methodology of dog training have undergone fundamental changes, which are thankfully being put into practice by more and more modern dog trainers. From a behavioral standpoint, our understanding of how dogs think has also finally evolved, and the way we relate-to and train our canine companions has now evolved with it. Gone are the days of the "Alpha dog" and "pack leader" mentality and the dominance myth when it comes to how we believe dogs think, and thankfully gone are the days of using archaic, outdated often cruel and painful methods and devices to train dogs.

 

 

 

 

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COMMON PROBLEMS

Certified Dog Training and Behavior Modification in Gainesville. Behavioral issues with dogs range from the basically annoying issues such as barking and house-training, to moderate issues such as jumping up and pulling, to potentially severe issues such as reactivity, resource guarding, nipping, biting and aggression.
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EVALUATION

Behavioral issues develop for various or specific reasons, and finding the root cause of the behavior is the key to positive treatment and results. Determining the cause of your dogs issues begins with the initial evaluation, then we go over history, set treatment goals, set a treatment plan and start a training program with you and your pet dog(s).
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TREATMENT

Once we have identified what's going on, the root cause of the problematic behavior, we can design a positive treatment plan to help redirect or even extinguish the behavior altogether. Keep in mind that every dog is different and every problem is different when it comes to specific treatment and length of treatment time.
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RATES AND SERVICES

Here is a look at the training and classes we offer and the rates for each. All Consults and Training Packages are done in your home. All classes are offered in our Canine Education Center in downtown Gainesville, Florida

IN-HOME CONSULTATION AND TREATMENT

$135

To determine the root cause of your dog(s) problematic behavior(s) we will set up an initial consultation, where we examine the details of the problem behavior(s), work with you and your dog(s) to see where we can get with the first visit and determine the need for follow-ups. During the consult I develop a treatment plan for you to follow with your dog(s) at home to help redirect, control or extinguish the unwanted behavior.

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IN-HOME CUSTOM TRAINING PACKAGES

$250

If we determine at the initial consult that your pet dog will need more than three sessions, we will take the initial consult charge and roll it into a package of four sessions. This enables us to really focus on working specific areas until we have a positive change in behavior and this also allows you to get a much deeper education and training on your dogs specific behavioral issues.

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ONE-HOUR PHONE EVALUATION AND CONSULTATION

$75

This is a great way to learn about, understand and work on your dogs behavioral issues from the convenience of your cellphone or laptop, or when distance is an issue. Pick what time is best and book your consult! We cover all aspects of understanding and working on: Reactivity, Aggression, Anxiety, Barking, Biting, Fearfulness, Guarding, Jumping, Pulling, House-Training, Recall and Any Other Issues...

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K9 COLLEGE

$100 - $550

K9 COLLEGE is a group of advanced training classes for dogs over 9/mos., that we hold in our downtown Gainesville K9 Education Center. K9 COLLEGE classes are Advanced obedience training and CGC Training and Certification and are held two sessions per day, Tuesday and Thursday for your convenience. Pick what day and time is best for you and book your class today!

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CANINE EDUCATION CLASSES

$150

Our Canine Education classes are held in our downtown Gainesville K9 Education Center. We offer three different classes including; "Understanding Canine Psychology and Behavior", "Understanding Breeds: Choosing The Right Breed for Your Lifestyle" and "Understanding Shelter and Rescue Dogs." (Ask about adopter discounts for these two classes)

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CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

$550

Our Canine Good Citizen Certification CGC classes are held in our downtown Gainesville K9 Education Center. We offer a full 10-step training program that will ensure your pup understands and can pass the requirements for becoming a certified Canine Good Citizen! As the last session, this class also includes testing and certifying your pup as a CGC, so book your class today!

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couple-843489_1280Helping Pet Dogs and Their Families Live, Love and Thrive Together
Dog Training & Behavior Modification in Gainesville and surrounding areas. Our canine partners have been devoted members of the human family for tens of thousands of years, and have never left our side. We are two entirely different species that have mutually decided to grow and evolve together and in doing so, humans have made canines full members of our “family” groups since the very beginning of time. I feel dogs are an integral part of a complete human experience, and they are in my opinion, the most loyal, loving and devoted partners that we ever have in our lifetimes. For these and many other reasons, I have decided to devote my life to dogs and their family units, in order to make their time and experience together as meaningful and as positive as possible.

What Our Clients Are Saying...

We had the privilege of having Jon work with our 3 year-old pit mix, George. George is an intelligent and well-mannered dog, but when it comes to walking on the… MORE> “Darrett S.”

Darrett S.

Jon was absolutely amazing!! My pitbull is amazing…but since I was untrained, so was he. I was so afraid I was going to have to get rid of him… even… MORE> “Roslyn W.”

Roslyn W.

Jon, It really was a true blessing when we found you at the flea market. Prior to you coming out and working with us, we had a dog that was… MORE> “Kendo S”

Kendo S.

Just had a consult with Jon regarding a couple training/behavior issues with our personal pack. Watching our pack react to his presence was mesmerizing, and very impressive to say the… MORE> “Corinne T.”

Corinne T.

Since I’m lazy – here is my review that I posted on Gainesville Business Word of Mouth when someone was asking about trainers to come to their home to work… MORE> “Patricia B.”

Patricia B.

We have a 3 year old German Shepherd mix named Cleo. We adopted her in September of 2015. When we brought her home she and our family dog Angel (a… MORE> “Savy B.”

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We have two large dogs that we’ve had since puppy stage. After just one visit from Jon, we have already seen major improvements on aggression, pulling on the leash, and… MORE> “Brandi S.”

Brandi S.

We are traveling in a RV. Our one dog has been showing aggression toward other dogs and animals. Jon came out to the campground we were staying and met with… MORE> “Mark W.”

Mark W.

We are full-time RV’ers and met Jon at our current campground last Sat. We have a 20 pound rescue dog ‘Freeway’, who has been occasionally aggressive toward other dogs and… MORE> “Gail M.”

Gail M.

Jon, Speckles has been AMAZING. I had my DIL Lauren come to be a volunteer. She came in and Speckles did bark. Told her Ah Ah and she stopped barking… MORE> “Allison L.”

Allison L.

Jon is awesome he helped me bring my crazy crew together so I could keep us together as a family. We are still a work in progress, more me than… MORE> “Moana A.”

Moana A.

“Oh my God! My pit was anti-social, and I COULDN’T walk him without being dragged down the street….. after working with Jon. …Bailey was a different dog… I loved our… MORE> “Pam H.”

Pam H.

Helpful Tips For Important Canine Issues

dogs-430192_1280Recognizing and Diffusing Aggression
When dogs are displaying playful, fighting or rough and rowdy, romping behavior, it is a wonderful experience for them and is needed for good mental health. But, as with children playing, laughter can quickly lead to crying or fighting. When growling starts to sound firm, guttural and threatening, whenever teeth are shown, whenever a dog
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Small-4The Importance Of Mental Stimulation
Getting proper mental stimulation is an extremely important activity for all dogs, as they are highly intelligent, curious animals that can get bored easily when they are not doing something. Many dog breeds need a “job” to do and for these “working” dog breeds especially, they need mental as well as physical stimulation.
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dog-658206_1280Dealing With Canine Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety can be a serious problem in pet dogs that are left alone for long periods of time, and even in those that are only left for short periods of time. The good news is that in most cases, we can successfully treat separation anxiety and get your dog back to healthier behavior when being left alone.
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A Quick Happiness Check-Up For Your Pal
Dogs convey how they are feeling through their body language in much the same way humans do, you just have to know how to read it. Most of the time it is obvious, especially when they are happy and well-adjusted. A happy dog will show its happiness very visibly and clearly, it will exhibit:
- A wagging tail
- A smile- Tongue hanging out
- Soft or bright eyes
- Ears up or relaxed and set back
- Relaxed, upright posture

But when a dog is feeling uncomfortable, stressed or otherwise unhappy, it will also show this very clearly in its body language. A stressed or unhappy dog will exhibit:
- Hanging or tucked tail
- Closed mouth, no smile or tongue
- Head down
- Averted gaze
- Ears flat
- Shrinking or cringing back
- Tense body

If your pal is showing signs of being unhappy for any extended period of time and you can not clearly identify the cause of the problem, it is a good idea to try and get a handle on it as soon as possible. Please give me a call and I will be glad to help you identify the cause and develop a treatment plan to get your best friend wagging its tail again.

.... Making a Difference, One Dog at a Time
Since July, 2014 I have volunteered at the Alachua County Humane Society and more recently the Alachua County Animal Services, working with their un-adoptable rescue dogs. It has been the most amazing experience of my life. I have been able to help many of these stressed out, often untrained, fearful, sometimes aggressive dogs, overcome their behavioral problems and become adoptable, and watched them go on to the have a life they otherwise would not have had.

Shelter Success Stories....
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Boone was so fearful, he would just cower in the corner of his kennel and growl when anyone approached. He was totally un-adoptable, had been in the shelter for 6 months and his time unfortunately was up. I advocated and got him moved to a less crowded shelter and worked with him for about a week. Two weeks later, Boonie-Boy was adopted!

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Shelby would non-stop jump, mouth and nip all over anyone that tried to take her out, these were the only behaviors she knew. She was totally un-adoptable and her future did not look good. I worked with her for about three weeks and a few weeks later, Shelby-girl was adopted!

Please Volunteer and Always Rescue!
If you love dogs, do yourself a favor and go volunteer at a shelter, any shelter! If you are considering getting a dog - PLEASE ALWAYS RESCUE!!!

achslogoADOPTIONS: 352.373.5855
THRIFT STORE: 352.373.9522
SPAY/NEUTER: 352.376.6647

ALACHUA COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES / 352-264-6870

HELP! My Dog Has Suddenly Changed!
Any time you see a sudden change in your dog's personality or behavior, such as growling or nipping in a dog that never did this, or behaviors like whining, pacing, or snapping at non-existent things in the air, your first step should be to take it to a veterinarian to be examined. Any time you have a sudden-onset of any strange or worrisome behavior in a previously normally-behaving dog, it is a red-flag to go see the vet, as there may be a medical cause of the problem.

Sudden Growling, Nipping or Biting
Dogs in pain will typically try to hide the fact that they are in pain, then when touched on or anywhere near the painful area, they may become reactive and snap or even bite to protect it. If your dog has suddenly become irritable, moody, withdrawn or snaps, nips or bites, these are sure signs for a trip to the vet - before you call me. When a dog has an injured limb, they will limp or favor it and you can clearly see they are in pain and where it hurts.

Professional Memberships
I am very proud to be a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG), the Complimentary Medical Association (CMA) and am an authorized Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College (ABC). I am completing my membership in the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).

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Pet Professional Guild

Complimentary Medical Association (CMA)

I am available for house calls throughout the North Florida area within a 70 mile radius of Gainesville.
I see clients in Jacksonville one day a week, in St. Augustine one day a week and will travel as far south as Ocala.

PHONE CONSULTATION
I am also available for phone consultations during regular business hours, please email or give me a call to set up a time that is good for you.