A dog trainer in Watsonville, CA

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4. Happy Together Dogs
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  • 3 years in business
  • Serves Watsonville, CA
"My dog services are luxe. You and your dog are worth it. My aim is to bring out the best in your dog so that your dog can bring out the best in you.  Yes at $200 a session, my services are expensive. My work is worth it. Most dogs that come for training need a lot more than just training to act their best. I have had special training to meet those needs and include services to meet those needs in most sessions. What you get for your money with me is an outstanding value. For most pups and dogs, basic training usually takes about 6 months. Like us each dog has things they excel at and things that are hard for them. My dog service sessions, my basic billing unit, usually includes: 1-day training, I come to your dog, we go out or stay in, work on your training plan, and work on issues that come up; this work is usually done in the context of an fun adventurous walk that includes restrained car rides to and from interesting locations like Davenport Landing, Henry Cowel, neighborhoods, shopping centers, Nisene Marks, Rio Del Mar and Sea Cliff, Manresa and Manresa Uplands, naming just a few favorite locations and include on leash sniffing, obedience training including loose leash walking, socialization to normalize new experiences, and body awareness exercises; my preferred equipment for sessions is a Balance Harness and or a Halti before transitioning to flat collar work; 2-socialization, normalizing experiences; 3-after walk enrichment, giving your dog appropriate things to get into and do, usually while unsupervised; 4-setting up enrichment for my days off making it easier to manage your dog; 5 & 6-setting up proactive behavioral wellness and management practices setting your dog up to succeed; 7-helping you habituate setting your dog up to succeed; 8 & 9-physical and mental exercise so your dog needs a nap to process the experiences; 10-coming to deeply know your dog; 11-noticing how your dog seems to be doing; 12-hands on checking for anything that seems concerning; 13 & 14-telling you if something concerns me and making solution recommendations; 15-toweling off your dog if she or he got messy; and, 16-texting or emailing you pithy, detailed session reports.   I am also happy to use sessions to: 17-facilitate veterinary exams; 18-taxi dog appointments; and, 19-do dog errands.  20-I am almost always available by text, included. 21-As you and your dog progress thru my program, emotional and intellectual things tend to come up. I am usually available to help you process these things much like a life coach. I look forward to helping you!"


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Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behave as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

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