Trust Your Dog Training

Fort Collins, CO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I provide current, innovative, and personalized training plans for all of my clients. I also pride myself in providing inclusive care by coordinating with vets and other team members to care for your dog. All of my training methods for both dogs and people are based in positive reinforcement methods that offer respect and compassion for all those involved in the dog's life. I find that in integrative approach is the best approach. I don't just take methods from one aspect of positive reinforcement but alternatively apply multiple methods (sometimes simultaneously) to create an effect training plan.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing people realize that they can build a relationship with their dog without the use of force or intimidation. I also love seeing people's eyes light up when they realize that they will not be judged for things they think would be considered "bad" or "wrong". I love it when people see that I don't just treat the dogs with respect and compassion but that it extends to the dog's owners too.
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Location

Fort Collins, CO 80524

Years in business

2

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

33

Reviews

11 Reviews
  • Keith O. Dec 22, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great
    Well versed and well spoken. Amy knows dogs and what it takes to bring them along in a program.
  • Joseph G. Oct 14, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amy was great!
    Amy gave us small training tips that went a long way with our anxious pup!
  • Donna T. May 24, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Chad S. May 21, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amy has come to work with our dog twice as of now. She's a great person with an outstanding attitude. She's very easy to talk with and she knows what she's doing. Our boxer is 1 yr and 8 months and can be very hard headed at times. Since working with Amy, we've not had any issues. He's responded extremely well to the training technique Amy offers.
  • Phil A. May 14, 2016
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Dustin W. Feb 11, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Tracy C. Jan 23, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amy is insightful and knowledgeable. She gave us some tools to help us help our dog and we are hopeful for his future.
    Amy C. Jan 26, 2016

    Thank you Tracy. I really enjoyed meeting you and your family and working with your dog. I'm looking forward to hearing how things are going in the future.

  • Lee S. Jan 9, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amy is very good at what she does
    Amy C. Jan 26, 2016

    Lee I've really enjoyed working with you and Luke and I'm looking forward to working with Luke and your grandson as well! Thank You.

  • Sherry S. Dec 17, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Dog training. Amy Creaven did a great consultation and created a fine training plav
    Amy C. Jan 26, 2016

    Sherry, I'm thrilled you chose to work with me for your dog training needs. Thank you.

  • Norma K. Nov 24, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amy was on time for our session. She listened to my concerns and responded to those concerns. Amy was very professional. I was very pleased with the training.
    Amy C. Jan 26, 2016

    Thank you Norma. I loved meeting your family and Nike.

  • Alex L. Nov 13, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Amy is an outstanding!! I think she's incredibly professional yet approachable but most importantly, Logan, my 7 year old Lab/Malamute mix took to her immediately! You can tell that she really listens to your concerns and introduces methods specific to your situation, instead of just going through a generalized routine for all clients. I'm very impressed by her ability to alter negative behaviors in a large, hyperactive dog without discouraging him or altering his personality in any way. She also does an excellent job of encouraging and teaching me how to better communicate with Logan without being condescending. In addition to training she also gave me successful, easy suggestions on how to entertain and ware Logan out throughout the day. Thanks to Amy he is better behaved at home and in public but out of everything she's done to help us the absolute best result is how much happier Logan is on a daily basis!!
    Amy C. Jan 26, 2016

    Alex, I love working with you and Logan. He's a great dog and you are both a wonderful team to work with. I love helping people deepen their relationship with their dog.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes. I have an initial 90 minute consultation fee. In the initial consultation I review your dog's behavior and history as completely as I can and develop a treatment plan that will address your needs. At the end of the consultation I will email you a full written report with interventions and training plans to ensure your success. After that I offer 60 minute training sessions. These can be purchased as a package at a slightly discounted rate. All prices are listed on my website.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I prefer to connect first via phone, email, or social media to make sure that the services I offer will fit your needs. After arranging an appointment either in person or over my website, I make sure I have background information about my client, their dog(s), and their family. This information helps me to plan for our first 90 minute session which is used to discuss behavior goals, management strategies and a training plan.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Bachelors Degree in Nursing Graduate from Karen Pryor Academy - the only certification program which holds it's graduates accountable for upholding a high standard of training and customer service. Annual CEUs in animal behavior thru conferences and seminars. Seminars: Sarah Kalnajs (behavior) 2009 & 2010 Tracy Sklenar (agility) 2010 & 2011 Anthony Clark (agility) 2012 TAG Teach (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance) Certified 2013 Puppy Culture Seminar 2016 Conferences: Clicker Expo 2010 & 2015
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I really enjoy helping people, which is why I got into nursing. However, after I got a dog of my own I realized just how much information (and misinformation) is out there about how to train and treat your dog. Thru my experiences I learned that not only do I enjoy training dogs but I love teaching others train their dogs too. I come to each new client with an open non-judgemental approach because we are all a product of our past experiences and bring something different to each appointment. My switch from nursing to dog training happened while attending the Karen Pryor Academy where I met the staff at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and was offered a position training dogs and cats in need there. The dogs I worked with at HSBV were both in the shelter and from public homes. After leaving HSBV I pursued my personal business goals while also managing life as a full-time mom.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of dogs from puppies to elderly and of a large variety of breeds. I've successfully addressed various problems such as; basic manners, tricks, sports, impulse control, dog reactive dogs, people reactive dogs, fear, aggression, body handling sensitivities, resource guarding, separation anxiety, and any combination of the above. On the human end of the client I've worked with ages 0-90's to help implement training plans that will work for each individual. Everyone has their own goals when training their dog and a training plan should be customized to reflect that.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you do some research on training methods (such as clicker training, compulsion training, dominance theory, basic learning psychology) and the tools used by each. Make sure you get your information from a reputable source, someone with a PhD in animal behavior or from a veterinary behavior source because there is a lot of misinformation out there. Then ask prospective trainers what tools they use. Often specific tools (collars, devices, clickers, harnesses, energy) will shine a light on what type of training that trainer does. I highly recommend trainers who only use reinforcement methods and avoid punishment at all costs. If you have a complicated behavioral problem make sure you find someone who has the experience to help you find the solutions.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What are your goals? What are your limitations(deal breakers)?