Training-U To Train Your Dog

Training-U To Train Your Dog

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Helping and watching people learn the positive techniques that I use gives me a wonderful feeling. My training style focuses on building a working mutually respectful communication between dog and handler. I'm here for the dogs

About Training-U To Train Your Dog

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I rely on three experts for my training programs. Dr. Ian Dunbar gives away his book "Before and After You Get a Puppy". This is a great foundation book for error free house training, bite inhibition, socialization and chew toys.
Sue Ailsby allows use of her original "The Levels" at her website. Which I provide a link to.
Sue brings "Programmed Learning" to dog training. Start nice and easy and stay nice and increasingly more difficult and things get more interesting as you and the dog learn to be a team.
Dogs sometimes get stuck in a "bad" behavior. John Rogerson and "The Dog Vinci Code" frequently provide just the right perspective to see the problem differently and suggest solutions that work exactly as promised.


Randolph, MA 02368

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  • 4/5 stars February 25, 2015

  • 5/5 stars January 24, 2015

    Excellent. Great with dogs. Could see improvement in dog after first session,

  • 5/5 stars January 19, 2015

    Peter met with me about my 1 year country old dog adopted from Arkansas and now living in the city. He gave me positive ways to help him and me feel more comfortable in our surroundings. Very positive training and trainer.

  • 5/5 stars January 1, 2015

    We made so much progress training our puppy in just the first hour... thanks to Peter's guidance! I can't wait to see what we can do in the future.

  • 5/5 stars June 9, 2014

    Peter was wonderful with Jacob and with me. He was patient when I couldn't pick things up right away and was encouraging when I did get something right. He helped me realize Jacob probably knows a lot more than he lets on. He was calm gave me plenty of suggestions and homework which I have already started working on. I look forward to working with him again

  • 5/5 stars May 5, 2014

    Peter has a warm, friendly and professional approach to not only to our puppy, but also to our young children and us. Through his training, we have seen remarkable progress with our puppy and his ongoing advice has yielded wonderful results. I would recommend him without hesitation.

  • 5/5 stars May 3, 2014

    Last week we adopted a rescue dog. Before her foster home she had spent most of her life in a crate. She needs a lot of training, including house-training (which she apparently forgot in the move from her foster home). Peter got us started with the clicker training which she took to right away. (She also took to Peter right away.) Following his instructions, she had no more accidents in the house! (Really, not one.) We will definitely be following up for more training. Next major issue: dealing with other dogs.

  • 5/5 stars April 28, 2014

    Peter is definitely a man who is passionate about his work. He's very patient and is very fair with his rates. I've had aggression problems with my 3 year old boxer/pit. I couldn't even walk him if there was anyone around outside. It's been 2 days since Peter's visit and there's a very noticeable improvement. If you have any issues with your dog, I highly recommend his services. I for one am very impressed.

  • 5/5 stars April 28, 2014

    Peter was great to work with. Our young puppy warmed up to him right away and we all learned a lot in our first session together. He was very patient and was eager to help us and get us started in the right direction. I highly recommend Peter!

  • 4/5 stars December 20, 2013

    Peter was a great trainer. He arrived early in the morning and we immediately set out to train my three month old puppy.

    He uses a lot of positive re-enforcement methods and showed us how to begin training a puppy. He gave us the basics and demonstrated how to use them. He's very patient and knows how to get into the mind of dogs!
    He also gave us a lot of tips on how to potty train, discipline, reward and followed up with me the next day. We have already seen results in many areas.
    I would highly recommend Peter to help you with training your dog or puppy

  • 5/5 stars October 21, 2013

    Peter was really great, patient, and enthusiastic. We were having trouble integrating a 5yr old dog and a new kitten. Within a very short amount of time he used techniques that allowed both animals to be in the same room together for longer than we had ever experienced.

  • 5/5 stars October 16, 2013

    Peter was fantastic and I recommend him wholeheartedly.

    He came to our home last evening to help my husband and I train our new puppy. I've never owned a dog before and was very confused about what to do. I had done some research online, but found conflicting information and was not confident about the best way to proceed with training, so I began searching for trainers and found Peter through thumbtack. He responded to my inquiry promptly and was available to come to our house the following night.

    Peter was incredibly patient and skillful with both me and my puppy. He has several decades of experience training dogs and volunteering in shelters. His positive attitude was very encouraging. He was generous with his time. Peter taught my husband and I several techniques and tricks to acclimate and train our puppy and answered all of our questions.

    Our puppy reacted to him and to his training methods immediately. We could see a difference right away. This morning I woke up to a much happier dog who I knew how to train. The progress is wonderful.

    Peter also recommended resources for us to continue our training and offered his services whenever we need extra help. His prices also cannot be beat.

  • 5/5 stars October 14, 2013

    Our family participated in Peter's Canine Good Citizen class at Massasoit Community College this summer. He was unfailingly positive (with both the dogs & their humans) and effective in teaching the CGC skills. He is insightful & humorous. He also came to our home for a private session, which was very productive. Peter's rates are very reasonable; he is easy to reach, and quick to return emails. We feel very lucky to have him as a trainer, and can't recommend him highly enough!

    Peter G. from Training-U To Train Your Dog replied to this review on October 14, 2013:

    Thank you for your kind words.

  • 4/5 stars September 17, 2013

    His Training With My Mollie, The Dog Is Like Magic. I Noticed My Mollie's Behavior Changes Just Over Night. Peter Is A Wonderful Trainer.

  • 4/5 stars August 30, 2013

    Peter can to our home on Thursday, and when he left my wife and I learned so mush from him. I learned that it take a lot of time my wife and I are so glad that we found him We cannot wait for the next Appt.\ thank you thumb tack

  • 5/5 stars October 21, 2012

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. My dog is not house"broken".
Where and when do you want the dog to do his "business" and I teach you how to teach that behavior.

My dog is impossible when the doorbell rings.
What do you want the dog to do when the doorbell rings? I recommend teaching the dog to go lie down on something (an old towel, a dog bed , your old t-shirt). I will teach you how to train your dog to do exactly that and make it happen when the doorbell rings.

My dog always pulls on the leash.
Using only rewards I can teach you how to train your dog to walk in the "Heel" position.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. I helped a couple train their Highland White Terrier to limit his barking when someone came to the door.

I taught a couple how to accommodate the 5y/o dog to the new kitten, it took about an hour.

A mom and her three small children were overwhelmed by an exuberant lab pup. They learned how to play calming games with the pup so there were no more injuries.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Before committing money, be sure you are comfortable with the trainers techniques, both in the way of training modalities and the way they are taught.
Finding yourself explaining to yourself or others that what you are doing to the dog isn't abuse, is a pretty clear sign that it is abuse. (see Milgram Experiment)

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. The big secret is "What does my dog want?" The easy answer is food and that's a great start, but What does he want most? Does he go wild with a ball or a frisbee? Is "TUG" a great game for your dog? Those can all be used as rewards along with chest rubs and belly scratches. Once we know what the dog wants all we do is manage the dog's environment so he gets what he wants as a reward for doing what you want.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. "What do you want your dog to do?" We proceed from there.
Don't frame your question from "my dog..., I want it to stop."Say, what you want the dog to do and when do you want him to do it. "When the doorbell rings I just want him to sit there." I specialize in teaching you the theory behind the training as well as the training. I encourage the entire family to participate.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Every dog is treated as an individual. Just like people, different dogs learn with different styles. I am comfortable with all of the positive training methods and and will give you the opportunity to learn new ways to communicate with your dog and learn how your dog is communicating with you.
Dog training also involves people learning new ways of looking/seeing and some simple physical skills. I am an expert at training people.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Helping people solve problems with their dogs so both the dog and the owner can win. Helping people learn that a well trained dog is a happy dog because he knows what to do, when and where to do it and that gives a dog a great feeling of security.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Is my dog too old for training? NO! If your dog is finding new and creative ways to drive you crazy he is obviously ready to learn. You now need to choose, do you let the dog self teach? or do you decide to take charge of what the dog is learning?

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. This is my retirement job/entertainment. I spend 20 hours a month at the local shelter helping train my home town's strays. I really like working with them and we do a lot of "loose leash". I also introduce all the strays to "clicker training" beginning with either "go to mat" of "leave it".

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. Almost 85% of the animals surrendered to shelters have behavior problems listed as a cause for the surrender. I'm hoping to improve things for the owners, the dogs and the shelters. I strongly support the AKC-Canine Good Citizen program and frequently donate my time as an evaluator to various canine charities.
I recently became a presenter for the "Doggone Safe-Be a Tree" program which is aimed at preventing dog bites to children.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. I stay active through involvement with the American Kennel Club, "Canine Good Citizen" program. This past year I coordinated The Randolph Dog Day event with vendors from around the state and conducted the Evaluations for CGC certification.
I can not do a CGC evaluation on a dog that I have helped train. I will help you set up with another evaluator.
I am a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the publication "Chronicle of the Dog" contains frequent articles by the leaders in the field of dog training and canine behavior. There was an article in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue about me as the organizer of the new Massachusetts Canine Professional Club.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Positive dog training is becoming universally recognized as being very effective and helps create both a well behaved dog, and a calm dog that knows how to act because he has been taught exactly what to do when he doesn't know what to do. The opportunity to spend time with your dog learning together; sit/stay, come, go find, down/stay, stand/stay, leave it, all of it fun for both of you. With the basics under your belt, the sky's the limit; competition/participation in activities like agility, obedience, mushing, as relaxed as having your dog lying at your feet while you enjoy a coffee and morning paper some future Sunday. Recently European military and police have been demonstrating K-9 work with exclusively clicker trained dogs with great success and performances that are blowing people away!

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. I helped a client begin working with her puppy to become her service dog. The training went very well, but the pup's temperment was not suitable for service dog work. When we re-homed the dog his new owners were "blown away" with his excellent behavior and focus

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