Obedience and Beyond
Obedience and Beyond

Obedience and Beyond

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Introduction: I have 14 years experience training every manner of mixed and purebred dogs. I currently serve the Harrisburg area into Lancaster, York, and into MD/WV. I am an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, contact for scheduling of tests. I will be taking my NADOI dog training certification this year; the requisites to take the test are 300 hours private and group training, then the test itself is multiple scenarios answered in essay form.

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Ann B.
Aug 23, 2021

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Morgan has been great for our dogs Jack and Bo. We really like her positive reinforcement techniques and pups and pup parents have all learned so much!

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Extra large (70+ lbs) • Private lessons • General obedience training • Leash pulling • Barking • My home, venue, etc.

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Bryan R.
May 16, 2019

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Morgan was awesome! In four short weeks she turned our 5 month old pup who had some possible trauma into a new dog. I was concerned I would not be able to keep him and now I cannot imagine life without our dog. Morgan trained me as much as the dog and that is invaluable. I highly recommend her!

Details: 1 dog • 0 - 6 months old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private dog training lessons • Puppy training • House training • Chewing • Destructive behavior • Crate training • The dog trainer travels to me

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Julia m.
Oct 15, 2017
Awesome trainer there was another trainer there that dog came running over not sure what dog was going to do but she prevented a confrontation whereas other trainer did nothing and actually used ecollar in inappropriate way shocking dog when going back to their trainer
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Stephanie F.
Nov 6, 2019

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Morgan is great!!!! I can not sing her praises enough. My unsocialized rescue dog was very fear aggressive towards strangers. And we are just starting to introduce her to people! My dog still has a lot of work to do but Morgan is patient and knowledgable. She’s been able to help me turn this damaged baby around in a short time.

Details: 1 - 2 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Leash pulling • Barking • Biting • My home, venue, etc.

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Rebecca Y.
Sep 26, 2019

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I have only had two classes so far and the results I am seeing with my dog have been wonderful. Just what I was looking for.

Details: 2 - 10 years old • Large (41 - 70 lbs) • Private lessons • Aggressive behavior modification • Biting • Barking • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Morgan Hooks


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

    I like to keep my prices reasonable, I have seen so many people that need training but struggle to afford it. I am willing to do payment plans for those that need it. Payment is per session by either cash or check, I feel that this helps break down cost and makes training less stressful than charging a sum up front. I prefer to do 8 week sessions with the family, if the dog learns exceptionally fast I am always happy to hold spots for future sessions for refreshers or any new behaviors that pop up. Board and Trains are offered on a very limited basis and are usually reserved for housebreaking puppies or for resource guarding. Payment for B&T is a deposit at the beginning with the rest due after training is completed. The cost includes follow up sessions after the dog goes home.

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

    I prefer to do a consultation on the phone before the first meeting so that I can brainstorm some possibilities for behaviors first. During the first meeting we discuss training goals, time frames, tools, and history. I am available for texts or emails at all times for quick troubleshooting or reminders of how to deal with a behavior. This service is available for the lifetime of the dog.

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

    I have taught public group classes for a dog club and also at a big box store. I have met and worked with Jane Killion, Patricia McConnell, and Linda Koutsky in various forums over the years. I also worked privately for someone that I trained and showed their dogs while they worked and traveled. The dogs were taught basic house manners as well as competition obedience and agility. During that time I was also hired to train people's dogs for sports and started doing consultations for reactive dogs. I can also teach and test for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), all of the dogs I've trained and shown have passed and I am very confident that I can train any dog to pass. I use clicker training to teach new behaviors. I also use treats, praise and toys as rewards. I lean heavily towards the positive end of the spectrum but I do have experience using e-collars and other tools. As stated above I have worked with Jane Killion and I will always recommend her book "When Pigs Fly" because it is such a valuable resource! I have books to lend and recommend for those that are interested in learning about how to better communicate with their dogs.

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