Aunt Karen's Lucky Dogs
Aunt Karen's Lucky Dogs

Aunt Karen's Lucky Dogs

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Introduction: I am a Certified Behavior Consultant–Canine (CBCC-KA) and Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) using Force-Free Methods that are Positive and Reward Based. In an unlicensed unregulated field it is essential that you choose someone to work with your dog and your family who has significant credentials as well as many years of experience! The CBCC-KA and CPDT-KA credentials are founded on rigorous educational standards and independent testing of knowledge and skills. Certificants are required to work within a Humane Hierarchy that uses the LIMA model for training. LIMA stands for Least Invasive, Minimally Averse. That means we respect your dog's learning process and build progressively on successful outcomes one skill at a time. We honor the fact that your dog is an equal participant and that good training is built on collaboration not compulsion or intimidation. Most behavior problems can be prevented by gently and systematically providing safe opportunities for your dog to learn about our world— the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures; the objects and things that move; the children and people of all shapes and colors; the different places and where their own place is! Comprehensive socialization merged with functional conditioning of basic good manners provides your pup with substantial immunity from frustrating and dangerous behavior problems that have become too common in adult dogs. These are the two paths: start early and stack the odds of getting it right from the get-go with your new puppy, or rehabilitate a grown dog who did not have that chance for early socialization and training. When designing a program for your dog I work closely with you and your family, your breeder or rescue foundation, and your veterinarian. Scheduling and training support is a collaboration we create together based on your vision of your ideal relationship with your dog in your family. The process is dynamic. Considerable attention is placed on weekly, if not daily, progress as your puppy grows up or as the challenging behavior of your adult dog is resolved. Teaching modern force-free methods and helping people develop their own dog training skills is very rewarding. I work to empower the dog-human relationship and strengthen the bonds we have with our canine family members.
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Newell D.
Jul 5, 2017
Dog Training
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Marcy K.
Oct 1, 2017
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Lori C.
Jan 3, 2018
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Details: 1 dog • 2 - 10 years old • Extra large (70+ lbs) • Aggressive behavior modification • Leash pulling • Barking • Biting • Board and train programs at a facility • The dog trainer travels to me

Dog Training
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Alicia R.
Feb 10, 2018
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Details: 1 dog • 0 - 1 years old • Small (16 - 25 lbs) • General obedience training • Board and train programs at a facility • I travel to the dog trainer

Dog Training
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Kristin M.
Mar 19, 2016
Our experience with Aunt Karen was nothing short of amazing. Karen uses the "whole family" approach and focuses on the whole picture when training we humans to understand and train our fur babies. Reward based and praise training worked wonders! Karen evaluates every individual pet and home situation/environment and prepares a detailed plan and a shopping list of items that your pet and your family will need to help make training so much more enjoyable and easier. The overall key to the training is making it fun and we had plenty of that! Karen worked miracles with my Mother's senior dog as well as our new puppy. Her passion and love for dogs creates a great experience for you and your pet. I have recommended Karen to several of my friends. No matter what the age or breed, Karencan and will accomodate a fun program for you and your pet which fits your needs. I wish we still had sessions because we miss her!!! Kristin and Dan Messina (Buddy & Doc) Hendersonville NC
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  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Working with a customer begins with a conversation about their dog, their relationship with their dog and what behaviors may be limiting or causing the family some frustrations. Then I observe the dog with the family and develop a behavior modification plan or a training program to improve the dynamics and resolve issues. Once lessons begin, customers will keep me updated by email and phone regarding their progress and any questions they may have between lessons so I can target their specific needs with practical solutions. I provide hands-on instruction, written materials and links to further information for their situation and their goals.

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

    CBCC-KA, Certified Behavior Consultant–Canine CPDT-KA, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed Master of Arts, Liberal Studies: Positive Psychology and Instructional Design

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