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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.


Avon, MA 02322

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  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Group Lessons Verified Review

    Our rescue dog is shy and fearful of anyone new so he barks. I was a little nervous since this is my first dog and didn't know how he'd act once Peter came over. But Peter was very calm, patient, and made our pup feel comfortable. We're just at the beginning and going to continue working with Peter throughout the training process so our dog will be the best companion dog for our family!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Group Lessons Verified Review

    After one session, I can say that Peter did a wonderful job of handing our energetic 9 month old lab. Peter helped our puppy become more responsive to commands, and provided my husband and I with invaluable advice on what to do and (possibly, more importantly) what not to do for improving his behavior. We look forward to our next session with Peter.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter did a great job in helping us to train our 10 year old Pomeranian. Peter was able to help us understand some miscommunications that we were teaching our Sampson. We have modified our behaviors and now Sampson has been more social with other dogs and more accepting of friends and visitors to our house.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    I was thrilled with the progress my 3 month old puppy Callie made after just one session with Peter. He gave me the tools to train Callie myself and I am more at ease because of it. I would recommend Peter to everyone.

  • 1/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Peter G. from Training-U To Train Your Dog replied to this review on October 6, 2015:

    This confuses me. I provided good info and the pup was responding.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Unbelievable. I have a 12 week old Australian Cattle mix and almost no experience in training dogs. Peter is extremely professional, kind, and experienced. He came right on time to my house at 5:30AM and brought treats for my puppy and even gave me a clicker. I noticed a clear difference in my puppy and Peter helped me to understand more about animal behavior. I look forward to our next session this coming week! He is outstanding!

  • 4/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Peter was very patient and used positive rather than heavy handed techniques (prong collars, shock collars, alpha rolls) which I greatly appreciate.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Group Lessons Verified Review

    We spent 2 hours training them. I have two 3 month old puppies giving time to each. The pups did great and a day later they remembered what was taught. Using a clicker and kibble was new for me even though I have had several dogs. Today I practiced each time a negative behavior was done such as fighting and getting really into it.

  • 4/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter was attentive and very kind. For our first training session, he taught basic techniques that seem to be aligned with the methods he uses. The second appointment he gave more specific direction on the original issue I sought training to address. Overall, I would invite him back for evaluations, his prices are great for the area, and he comes to you.

    I was looking for a trainer to help me with a specific negative behavior my dog began in the past year. If you are hoping for specific behavior corrections, this may not be the best route to take. I would recommend Peter for initial/new dog training and basic obedience training.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training - Private Lessons Verified Review

    Great experience. 2 weeks out from the first session and I'm seeing noticeable and gradual improvement from my 20 month old ridgeback.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Great personality and great trainer. My puppy took to him immediately. My puppy wouldn't wear his collar or walk on a leash, and in only one week he's not only doing both, but a handful of other tricks as well!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter was great to work with! He was very patient and did a great job teaching how we can better communicate with our dogs. He also provided great every day tips for continued success as our dogs get older. Highly suggest!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter was absolutely fantastic with dogs! He taught our stubborn and sometimes defiant pup the "leave it" command in about 5 minutes flat, when I was previously unsuccessful! Peter was very patient despite my dog's loud barking and aggression. He provided a lot of training material and answered all of my questions! Highly recommended!

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter is obviously very experienced in training dogs. Our challenge with a nine month old puppy was to get her to obey basic commands, and Peter was very helpful showing and explaining what to do. He was prompt, reasonably priced, and came to our home, which cinched the deal.
    Peter was flexible with his schedule, and clearly cares about training dogs (and cats) to behave on command. We'd highly recommend him.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter was amazing! I have 3 dogs that are good sizes and he had them quiet enough to enter the house without being accosted! In 7 years I have not see that. He also explained exactly what he was doing and why. I am looking forward to working with him.

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    Peter was fantastic with my dog, Shilo! He's a very scared dog and it shows as aggression. I'll be honest, I was reaching the end of my rope and losing hope that Shilo would have a happy future, and I knew I had to find somebody to help who could educate me on how to help my little guy. Peter was patient and encouraged my family and I all to have patience and be ready to put in the work. We've been working with Shilo according to Peter's instructions and he's already doing much better. I'm able to get his attention away from barking at strangers/ squirrels/ guests and he's been doing better at going to the bathroom OUTSIDE, which was a problem that was driving my mom up a wall. Peter uses positivity training only and has a bunch of useful videos on his website. He's clearly somebody who's passionate about helping dogs and we're all very grateful for his help, especially Shilo, since he's clearly more confident and relaxed since we've starting this training regimen. 10/10 would recommend to anybody looking for anything from puppy training to serious problem training.

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  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

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

  • 5/5 stars Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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 Dog Training Verified Review

    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

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Question and answer

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

A. I come to your home and begin with introducing myself to the dog and beginning the process of calming the dog down. Once the dog is a bit calmer I begin teaching by just "clicking and rewarding"any calm behavior so the dog can learn to take.a treat from my hand. Once the dog takes a treat progress begins!

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

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. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. Not complicated just unusual.
My initial quote is for two sessions because I can't teach it all and you can't learn it all in one session. It's also too much for the dog.
Follow up sessions are negotiated, factoring in time, frequency, distance ....

Q. How did you get started doing this type 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. What types of customers have you worked with?

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 a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

A. I'm happiest that frequently just one session is sufficient to help the owners control their dogs. Following my instructions over the course of a week will change how the dog responds and even looks at you. That makes me beam!

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

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. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

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".

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