Reactivity, Aggression, Separation 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 and feel have also 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" mentality and the "Dominance" myth when it comes to how we should approach working with and training our dogs. Thankfully, also gone are the days of using archaic, often cruel and painful methods and devices to train dogs.
Behavioral issues in dogs will present in many different forms and will typically range from harmless but annoying issues, such as barking and house-training problems, to moderate issues such as jumping up and pulling on the leash, to more severe and potentially dangerous issues, such as reactivity, resource guarding, biting, and aggression.
Our pet dogs can develop behavioral issues due to a variety of different reasons and determining the root cause of the behavior(s) is the key to treatment. This process begins at the initial evaluation and consultation where we get a history, set treatment goals, create a treatment plan, and start a training program for you and your pet dog(s).
Once we have identified what's going on, the root cause of the problematic behavior(s), we can design a positive treatment plan to help redirect or even extinguish the behavior(s) altogether. Remember that every dog is different, and every problem is different when it comes to specific treatment and length of treatment time.
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.
Helping 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. READ MORE
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 leash out in public, or… MORE> “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 after three years. Jon came… MORE> “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 very reactive and had actually… MORE> “Kendo S”
Just had a consult with Jon regarding a couple training and behavior issues with our pack. Watching our pack react to his presence was mesmerizing, and very impressive to say the least. It is truly… MORE> “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 with their puppy. Jon is… MORE> “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 14 year old lab mix)… MORE> “Savy B.”
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 jumping. He observes your dog(s)’… MORE> “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 us and Harley. After about… MORE> “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 constant leash pulling. Jon was… MORE> “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 and let Lauren pet her… MORE> “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 the dogs. But he is… MORE> “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 walks, meets and greets were… MORE> “Pam H.”
Helpful Tips For Important Canine Issues
Recognizing and Diffusing Aggression
When dogs are displaying playful, play-fighting or rowdy, romping behavior, it is a wonderful experience for them and is needed to keep good socialization skills and mental health. But, as with children playing, laughing can quickly lead to crying or fighting. When growling starts to sound firm, guttural and threatening, whenever top teeth are shown, whenever a dog
The 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 lots of mental as well as physical stimulation.
Dealing With Canine Separation Anxiety
Separation anxiety can be a serious problem in pet dogs that are left alone for even a short period of time and especially in those that are left for long periods of time. The good news is that in most cases, we can successfully treat separation anxiety and get your dog back to a healthier mindset and behaviors when being left alone.
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
- Open mouth, smile - tongue hanging out
- Soft or bright eyes
- Ears up or relaxed and set back
- Relaxed, upright posture
- Loose body
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:
- Stiff, hanging or tucked tail
- Closed mouth, no smile or tongue
- Fixed stare, hard, eyes
- 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....
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!
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!!!
THRIFT STORE: 352.373.9522
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 any unusual behavior(s) 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 an underlying 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, but 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.
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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I am available for house calls throughout the North Florida area within a 80 mile radius of Gainesville.
I see clients in Jacksonville one day a week, St. Augustine one day a week and travel as far north as Lake City and as far south as Ocala.
ZOOM / PHONE CONSULTATION
I am available for a comprehensive Zoom or Phone Consultation with treatment plan during regular business hours. Just click the "Book Appointment" link at the top of this page and select the "Zoom/Phone" option.