Alpha-Zen K-9 Academy
Alpha-Zen K-9 Academy

Alpha-Zen K-9 Academy

$3000
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Introduction: We offer board and train, obedience, problem solving, behavior modification and counter-conditioning. Free lessons are included with board and train. My experience in the veterinary field gives me a wider perspective than just training. Some unwanted behaviors such as aggression, anxiety, house soiling, etc. are not always behavior related. There could be a medical reason that should be addressed before starting a training program and I will always put a dog’s health and comfort first.
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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Rania R.
Feb 27, 2022
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If you’re debating who to go to for training - you can stop here , the most wonderful trainers who took amazing care of our puppy who learned more than we could have hoped while he was at board and train. The follow up lessons have been great at making sure he keeps up with his commands and at correcting anything new that comes up as he is back in our home. We have had another dog before and worked with other trainers in the past - this puppy school is truly the best!

Details: 6 - 12 months old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Board and train at a facility • Puppy training • Leash pulling • House training • Barking • Chewing • Biting • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Natalie K.
Sep 14, 2021
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I absolutely love Tammy and her husband, Dave, and so do our dogs. They have a special touch with them for sure. My dogs came back from a two week training at their home and there was a huge difference. Tammy helped reestablish some much needed good manners for my dogs and showed me how to continue with the training at home. Her follow up sessions are very helpful to keep me accountable for continued training for my dogs. Her solutions really work and are very practical and easy to implement. My dogs are much the better for having spent time training with Tammy!

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Small (16 - 25 lbs) • Board and train at a facility • General obedience training • Barking • House training • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Christine B.
Sep 14, 2021
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Tammy is amazing! We have a one year old rescue who struggles with debilitating anxiety. After reading a lot of reviews and having a phone consultation with Tammy, we felt she was the right person to work with. Our dog did a three week board and train, and Tammy sent us videos and updates on his progress. He was so calm and compliant with her, like a different dog! Since he has come home, we can see a difference and improvement. He knows more commands and seems to be calmer and less anxious. It’s also amazing that Tammy does free follow up sessions to train us as owners and to help carry over skills from the board and train to the home. Additionally, Tammy welcomed us to text her if we had any questions, and she has been an incredible and responsive resource and guide for us. We feel so much more equipped to support and train our dog because of Tammy. We love her approach and it is apparent our dog loves her too. Thank you so much Tammy!

Details: 1 - 2 years old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Board and train at a facility • General obedience training • Barking • Crate training • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Abesh T.
Aug 1, 2021
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Tammy has been fantastic to work with. She still takes the time regularly to train humans after our super hyperactive dogs board and train - and we are so glad that we went with Tammy. Looking forward to a much better relationship between our dog and us, thanks to Tammy.

Details: 0 - 6 months old • Medium (26 - 40 lbs) • Private lessons • General obedience training • House training • Digging • Biting • Chewing • Destructive behavior • Crate training • Leash pulling • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Gwen E.
Jun 16, 2021
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Tammy is a great trainer & we have loved working with her. We have a mini Aussie and he's a super nervous and anxious little guy. We needed somebody who could help him to overcome this and Tammy has been great. When we first took him to the vet they said they he was as bad as they'd seen in terms of his anxiety and that we needed to work with trainer/ behaviorist. I spoke with Tammy a lot before deciding to work with her. She uses a lot of positive reinforcement with the dogs and she also has a background in veterinary medicine. I've told my friends she is like the dog whisperer. We opted for the board and train, which includes lessons in our home afterwards.... as many as it takes to get our puppy trained. We are so happy with the progress Ollie has made. We will continue to train him ongoing and Tammy is always available at the end of the phone or is just a text message away whenever we have a question. Thank you Tammy !

Details: 0 - 6 months old • Extra Small (1 - 15 lbs) • Private lessons • Puppy training • Barking • Crate training • House training • My home, venue, etc.

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Tammy Caston

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My fees are based on how much time I think it will take to train the dog and the humans.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to start with an evaluation and/or phone consultation. This gives me an opportunity to assess the training needs of both the dog and human family members.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I started working in the veterinary field in 1990 and was licensed as an Animal Health Technician (AHT) in 1993. AHT has since been changed to RVT, Registered Veterinary Technician. I've spent most of my veterinary career doing Emergency and ICU work and started studying animal behavior as a hobby. In 1999, I graduated from United States K-9 Academy, after which I started Alpha K-9 Academy. After graduation, I continued to work with my teachers for additional training and still continue my education regularly. My veterinary and behavior careers have proven to be very complimentary to each other. When there was a behavior issue at the veterinary clinic, I was consulted. When there is a health question or issue with a dog that I'm training, my veterinary experience comes in handy. I’m no longer active in my veterinary career, but still maintain close relationships with my veterinary colleagues.

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