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We are not the big-box pet store trainers, as we do not lock in our training manner on how to train a dog. Training is done in your home so you and your pet can feel comfortable, not stressed, in some strange location with other dogs. Typically, training is complete with just one 2-hour session. Yes! Just two hours and you are on your way to a calm, content pet.  How does that happen?

We believe that our clients are able to think for themselves. They are go-getters who want to take action, not wait for other class members to catch up to their level.  Let’s take a look at how the big box, 8 sessions of one-hour-per-week dog training courses work:

Week 1: Your attend class your dog does not
Week 2: Learn to sit, followed by socialization with other dogs
Week 3: Relearn how to sit, learn recall (“come”) command, socialize with the other dogs
Week 3: Focus on some of the puppies/dogs who still haven’t learned how to sit, attempt to work with the one dog who has started nipping at the other dogs, try to introduce the “come” command again

Unfortunately, after weeks and weeks of training sessions, most owners are lucky if their dog remembers what the word “sit” means.  But what about many of the other issues dog owners encounter?

Basic obedience (here, wait, etc)
Dog Aggression/Reactivity
Leash Etiquette
Jumping
Excitable Behavior
Destructive Behavior
Separation anxiety
Housebreaking
Counter Surfing (Grabbing food)

That list doesn’t even include some of the less common issues we have seen including: a dog who would attack the sweeper every time it was turned on, and even a dog who was terrified of the garage door!

We tailor training sessions to your dog’s needs, and to do that, we need to see them in their natural habitat – your home.  At home, your dog is comfortable with his family and not stressed because he is surrounded by strange, barking, nervous dogs.   How can you learn how to answer your door without doggie-drama anywhere but your own home?  Your home presents unique challenges and situations that can’t be reproduced in a store environment.
That’s why we come to you.

But, you may ask – a few hours?  Really?  Really.  Dogs are simple creatures.  Not stupid, but simple.  They communicate in simple terms, they have simple questions with simple answers.  Once we teach you how to communicate with your dog in a way they understand, the rest is, well…simple!

Our methods are easy.  We use the basic training and along with you being in control of your dog. We do not use any gimmicks, such as clickers, constant treats, etc.  You learn how to communicate with your dog and, yes, you might need some extras.  We do use shock collars, prong collars, and chain chokes. We do believe these methods work.  If they did not work, would they still be existence after more than 25 years? Most dog owners have misunderstandings and misconceptions of these devises.  They do not put fear in your dog nor are they painful for your dog when used property. We do not believe in hitting, but we do believe in a firm and assertive voice if needed.  Communication based upon mutual respect and that is our goal.

After training, you are encouraged to contact us with questions, concerns or any issues that come up.  You are never just left on your own after training.  Call us the next day or 3 years later – we will answer your question and address any concerns.

Please contact us via email at valuedogtrainer@sbcglobal.net or phone at 916-201-7080. We can discuss any issue you’re encountering, and schedule an appointment.