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Zippity Do Dog Training And Behavior Modification
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Working with Lee was a great experience, she really knows her stuff! She was flexible and adjusted her schedule ahead of time when we had conflicts. Our dog Brooklyn loved seeing her come to the door! She warned us that we would have to patient, since Brooklyn is a fearful pup, but it has been so worth it. We are still working with Brooklyn every day, but she has become a much more confident dog, thanks to Lee! We would highly recommend her!Jun 17, 2018
The trainer spoke with my husband, she made suggestions and advised there wasn't a need for a trainer. Thank you Lee for your advise and honesty.Aug 2, 2017VerifiedLee D.'s reply
You are more than welcome. I am available if you ever need me in the future!
Lee was extremely knowledgeable on dog training methods and helped me with training my fearful and reactive dog. I love that all of her methods are force free and positive and that she doesn't use punishment as a means of training behavior. Lee goes above and beyond in the time she gives you in helping to train your dog and makes sure that in between sessions you have things to practice to continue with the training. She was also full of helpful tips and suggestions about keeping my dog active and busy (and therefore keep him out of trouble) when we couldn't go outside during the long cold spell we had this past winter. I would highly recommend Lee for helping with any issues you may be having with your dog!Apr 18, 2018VerifiedLee D.'s reply
Thank you so much Sandy! You guys were a great team! I thoroughly enjoyed our training time together. You have 90 days of support post training. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. Happy training!
My new dog (Rina) that I adopted a month ago from a shelter is very nervous and afraid of any type of noise and barks at people walking by the house, and at us when we try to leave the house. I have not even left her home alone yet. I realized how bad this was within the first few days and realized that I was going to have to find help for her (and me). I found Lee's name and read about her credentials and her experience working with dogs with the same problems as Rina and contacted her right away. I also saw that Lee believes in only positive reinforcement training ONLY which is very important to me. Lee responded quickly and began to send me information I could start reading re. Rina's behavior in advance of the Consultation we had planned. When Lee arrived for the consult, Rina did not make it easy for her at all to even step into the house - - barking at the "stranger" and carrying on for awhile! She was VERY upset! Eventually, with Lee's skills and understanding of the situation, she slowly made her way into the house, and after a few minutes, was sitting at our dining room table, and Rina was looking for more treats - - and then even laying at her feet! This was not an easy task, believe me. Lee told me that she specialized in these types of nervous, phobic dogs and she sure proved it to me yesterday! She took her time with Rina and really knew how to handle the situation. I was very impressed with that, and I learned a lot during the consult regarding Rina's distress and how we can help her. I plan to continue into a training program soon with Lee when she feels Rina is ready.Oct 23, 2017VerifiedLee D.'s reply
Thank you so much Susan. I am looking forward to working with you both.
Lee was AMAZING!! Right off the bat I was impressed at how quickly she responded to me. She spoke to me for almost an hour on the phone! We rescued a dog and requested her help with introducing him to our female Great Dane. I was nervous because my Dane sometimes has issues with dogs when both are on leashes. Lee gave us instructions with our Dane and she controlled our new dog. It went flawless!! It was so important to me that the initial meeting of the 2 dogs went well.... I didn't expect it to go perfect. It is because of Lee that it went so well. Within 2 hours of these dogs meeting each other, my Great Dane was letting him lick her ears!! Lee even checked in that night just to see how the dogs were. I would HIGHLY recommend her!!!Oct 9, 2017VerifiedLee D.'s reply
Thank you so much Shannon. It was my pleasure. I love happy endings!
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Training packages are available as well as à la carte (build your own 6-session training plan), or pay as you go. Some dogs may not need to learn sit or down, but maybe you want to work specifically on safety skills like "Recall Training" or "Wait", it this case, in order to teach these behaviors correctly (they can not be taught in just one session) we would work on just those behaviors. Other compound behaviors such as "Leave-It/Take-It" or "Stay/Release" will also take more than one session.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?All behavior that gets rewarded, gets repeated, this is a fact. Behavior does not change, nor is it learned, overnight. Managing unwanted behaviors by controlling the environment is one way to prevent unwanted behavior, but it isn't always that simple and more often than not will require more than one visit and a training plan. Practice, patience and consistency are key to a successful and positive outcome. Consultations for most issues can be done by phone to evaluate simple behavioral issues, followed by a training plan. Training plans address the specific problems you and your dog are having, and are also designed to provide additional skills for your dog to prevent new problems from developing. For instance if your dog is a low confidence dog, then a training plan including confidence building skills and more opportunities for enrichment would be suggested. For more complex issues such as: Dog-to-Dog Reactivity, Leash Reactivity, Human Aggression, Separation Anxiety, Noise Phobias, and other Anxiety and Fear based behavioral issues, an in person consultation is necessary. Don't let any trainer tell you that these issues can be fixed in one training session. They can't. All dogs are taught using a "do no harm" approach through positive reinforcement and force-free methods, moving at a pace that is most comfortable for your dog. Methods of training most often used are through shaping, capturing, targeting and mirroring, using a clicker. In some cases a dog may be too timid for the sound of the clicker, in which case a verbal marker would be used. molding is not a technique I use because it requires physically forcing the dog into a position and I am force-free trainer.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Graduate of the Karen Pryor Professional Dog Training Academy, Dog Gone Safe "Be a Tree" educator for dog bite prevention, AniMATCH Behavior Evaluator - MA Animal Coalition, Behavior Evaluator and Trainer for Mansfield Animal Shelter, Volunteer with Pit Bull Rescue Central, Medical Reserve Corps Emergency Animal Sheltering Volunteer, ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team More than 20 years experience training dogs and addressing behavioral issues inside and outside the home.