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Elizabeth Givens Dog Training
Elizabeth Givens Dog Training

Elizabeth Givens Dog Training

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Introduction: Is your dog pulling you on the leash? Jumping on you or your guests? Having potty training issues? Reacting to other dogs or people when you’re out for a walk? Is your dog experiencing fear or anxiety issues in certain situations? Or maybe your dog is “just not listening”? Get ready for a whole new experience with your dog, because things are about to get better! Whether you are looking to correct these or other behavior issues or you just want to build good habits for life, I can provide positive, realistic solutions that actually work. I have been a certified trainer and behavior specialist for more than 25 years. I help clients achieve their training goals by offering customized solutions that fit your (and your dog’s) individual needs. What makes my program different is that I emphasize positive, science-based, "people-centered" training that is results oriented. I have developed a comprehensive program that redirects problem behavior instead of trying to bully dogs into behaving themselves! I focus on teaching owners to communicate with their dogs (so their dogs will listen) and to provide effective leadership that builds trust between you and your canine family member. Every client begins with an in-person assessment, during which we design a training plan that will help you accomplish your specific training goals. Then, we meet once a week to work through the solutions to your dog’s issues and teach him what you want him to do, when you want him to do it. What I enjoy most about what I do, is watching dog owners build stronger bonds with their dogs as they improve their communication and leadership skills. My mission is to help improve the quality of life for dogs and to help build positive partnerships between people and their pets.

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Maggie B.

Dog Training

We hired Elizabeth after doing some thorough research and have been very happy with the training of our two dogs with very different issues. She is very knowledgeable about dogs and dog training. At the end of our 16 week program our dogs are very different in their ability to follow commands and walk on a leash. The youngest dog still needs work when walking on a leash, but the difference is night/day when comparing before & after training. That said, part of Elizabeth’s program is to train the owners - which she did very well. She is patient, a good listen and very knowledgeable.
Aug 28, 2020
Christopher K.

Dog Training

Ours is a rather long story and one that I would not wanted to have gone through without Elizabeth. I will spare all the crazy details and just say that Elizabeth’s knowledge was immediately evident within minutes of her first visit to our home. She gave us much guidance and was very upfront, informative, and clear about expectations. We would end up going through numerous Vet visits, to deal with health issues. Elizabeth made herself available to us not just during training sessions but demonstrated that she was absolutely committed to helping us, even attended a Veterinarian visit with us to share her observations and insights. Our dog is, behaviorally, the most enjoyable dog I’ve ever had. We are still in training and continue to see results as we follow Elizabeth’s program. We are able to quickly tackle skills like sitting, laying down, name response, and continue to see improvement in her response to getting her collar and leash on. She improves daily on her behavior on walks. She was very skittish at first but following Elizabeth’s guidance, she has markedly improved in how she responds and reacts to people. Being a reservation rescue, she came with some health issues that had us miss our early opportunities to socialize her with other dogs. We are now focusing on this and we’re seeing improvement in her reaction to other dogs when we’re on a walk. I must say, if you want to hire Elizabeth, be sure to be ready to commit to and follow the program. If she recommends a certain number of set activities on a daily schedule, you’ll need to follow it to see results. Anything worth having requires effort. It is amazing to work with someone this knowledgeable and experienced. If she can help us, as absolutely complicated our situation was, I’m sure she can help almost anyone. The first attached picture is her letting me know she needs to go out while I’m writing this review. The other is a pic of how she keeps her eyes on me while we walk.
May 7, 2020
Pat S.

Dog Training

Elizabeth is the real deal. She knows dog behavior as well as human behavior and how to achieve results. She is easy to work with and our dog is learning rapidly.
Apr 2, 2021
Daniwl T.

Prior to having Elizabeth as our dog trainer, our two young pups were simply out of control and difficult to have people over. Now after a few months of training our pups are more settled, relaxed, and following several commands that are simply an amazing turnaround that we priorly thought impossible
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Apr 3, 2021
Cindy U.

Elizabeth is very in tune with the well-being of each of our dogs and with us. She takes her time to ensure that the dogs and owners are ready each step of the way and is flexible in terms of adjusting her schedule to make the most of our training time. Elizabeth demonstrates professionalism and is responsive at all times.
Mar 2, 2021
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Refund Policy: Fees for training are non refundable once sessions are booked, except in the event of family relocation or long term illness. In these cases, refunds for unused training will be issued within 30 days of written request.

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

    The first step is always the in-person assessment. This is a meeting with the dog owners and their dog in order to determine the individual training needs. This is a free consultation if clients continue with services after the assessment.

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

    Elizabeth Givens, is a certified dog trainer and animal behavior consultant; a provider member of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and has a master's degree in behavioral psychology. Elizabeth provides comprehensive training and supervision of her training staff, including an over 100 hour certification program.

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