Sirius Positive Dog Training - Sandy Hook, CT
I believe that when we learn to listen to and understand our dogs, we can create a life changing connection with them. Based on that belief, I provide my clients with dog services that create a deeper relationship of mutual respect and cooperative partnership.
At Sirius Positive Dog Training, every dog is viewed as an individual, and each client receives training recommendations and a training plan designed specifically for that dog, with in-home, virtual consultations, day training and board/train options available.
I began training my German Shepherd Dogs in 2002, and became a professional trainer in 2015. My certifications include the elite certification as a dog behavior consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor; graduate with distinctions from Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy; Certified Fear Free Trainer; Canine Good Citizen and Canine Life and Social Skills evaluator.
I became a professional dog trainer after a successful career in health care, through formal education and hands on experience, apprenticing with experts in the dog training and behavior modification fields. I bring years of education and experience to each situation, running the spectrum from puppy training and socialization to complex behavior issues. Fundamental to my training style, is setting each dog and client up for success by designing realistic training plans and goals. Clients can choose from private in-home training/behavior modification, board and train in my home, or virtual online options using Skype, Zoom and/or FaceTime.
Before my consultations, we start with a comprehensive initial intake form that tells me about you, your dog, and your training goals and behavior concerns. The consult lasts 1-1/2 to 2 hours. When the consult finishes, we will have realistic goals and a solid training plan in place.
Here I am working with Malcolm, who before he began working with me used to lunge toward people. He is sitting quietly on a loose leash, even when a person called his name and showed him a treat, and when he checks in with me, he gets permission to say "hi", and then walk away with me.
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How do you serve precious pets?
- Pet Training
- Pet Boarding
- Pet Sitting
Which training type do you employ to encourage paw-sitive behaviors?
- Pet Behavior Modification
- Dog Obedience Training
- Service Dog Training
What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?
What licensing do you have?
- Business License
On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?
- 20-39 lbs
- 40-79 lbs
- 80+ lbs
- under 20 lbs
- American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Approved Evaluator (AKC CGC)
- Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
- Certified Animal Communicator (Level Two)
- Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA / CPDT-KSA)
- Fear Free Certified Professional
- International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)
- Victoria Stilwell Academy Certified Dog Trainer (VSA-CDT)
Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?
Which part of the country do you serve pets?
Northeast (in person appointments); nationwide (virtual consults via Zoom and Skype)
What year did you begin serving pets?
How did you hone your craft?
I trained through formal education and hands on experience, apprenticing with experts in the dog training and behavior modification fields. In addition to my multiple certifications, I attend workshops conducted by leading trainers and researchers in the dog training and behavior modification fields.
What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?
Look at every dog as an individual.
What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!
My journey as a dog trainer began with a beautiful German Shepherd Dog, Sirius, and the lessons I learned about developing communication, connection and focus with him are the cornerstones of my approach to training my clients' dogs.