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Private sessions can be scheduled during the day Monday thru Thursday, or in the evenings during the week. We also have an occasional weekend available. Please call for scheduling.

training a white German shepherd dogPrivate Classes & Consults

Clear, dog-friendly, motivational training methods building a strong foundation.

Learn manners, obedience and agility in your own home or at my training field. One-on-one attention enhances understanding.

Work at your own pace! We offer "open scheduling" for private lessons — each meeting will work on a specific skill. Homework will help you develop that skill, and when you feel you're ready, schedule another lesson. This allows you to train and progress at your own pace.

If you'd rather have a set schedule of six, eight or ten week sessions, we can offer a discount package. These sessions are modelled after traditional classes, with a new topic introduced each week, and handouts covering the material to help you remember what was discussed.

Privates are $40 per hour. Packages are 15% off.

Owner-trained service dogs

Service dogs play a valuable role in the lives of their disabled handlers. If you are disabled and have a dog you would like help with training, or if you need assistance in evaluating and adopting a dog to be trained as a service dog, K9FUNdamentals can help.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is any dog "individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability. ... The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability." Thus, a service dog must perform tasks that alleviate the handler’s disability in some meaningful manner.  While there are no specific tasks a service dog is required to perform, the tasks they do perform must be specific to the handler’s disability. Protection, emotional support, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks according to the ADA.

Service dogs must be able to perform their individual tasks not only at home, but more often in public. Therefore, much of the actual training of a service dog deals with the manners and obedience necessary to execute their tasks in many different places and situatiions, around different levels of distractions, crowds, etc.

Not every dog is a candidate to be a service dog. A service dog must be calm, social, stable, and confident, well-mannered and predictable. He must be calm in a wide variety of environments, including crowds, noisey, hectic and distracting situations, and around moving objects such as cars and shopping carts, joggers, bicycles and skateboards. The service dog candidate should naturally be non-aggressive and neutral to other dogs and social with people and children.

Service dog candidates should be able to pass a standard Public Access Test. While this is not a federal or state requirement, it is certainly a "best practice". Service dogs are permitted anywhere their handlers can go, but business owners have the right to ask handlers with disruptive or aggressive dogs to leave. The PAT is an excellent tool to help determine if the dog has the temperament, social skills and manners necessary to work effectively.

K9FUNdamentals will assist you with developing a programme to teach both the public manners and tasks your dog will need to become a polite and efficient service dog.

Examples of individual skills we can assist you with include:

We follow the Minimum Standards for Training Service Dogs as suggested by the Assistance Dogs International .

 

Trouble shooting

Behaviour issues such as "recreational" barking, running away, dog agression, fear and shyness issues, etc. are all difficult problems to deal with, and often come down to management: in other words, avoiding those situations where your dog gets into trouble. Our many years of experience can help you in dealing with some of these problems.

For behaviour issues, we will schedule a meeting in your home (or where ever the problem occurs) and talk about possible solutions. The initial consultation is free; subsequent meetings will be billed at $65 per hour. Understand that it may take quite some time to affect a change in your dog's behaviour. Occasionally, it may be necessary for the dog to stay with us for training. Please see the Board and Train page for fees and requirements.

 

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