Dog Training

Training and Behavior

Fear Free, Positive Reinforcement, Least Invasive, Minimally Aversive (FF, R+, LIMA) Training and Behavior Programs

Because we are committed to improving the relationship between you and your pets, we use only Fear Free and Positive Reinforcement (R+) training and behavior modification techniques.  R+ training is scientifically proven to work better than shocking, choking, yelling at, and otherwise “correcting” the dog.  Dogs trained with R+ are more obedient, more confident, and less prone to aggression. 

There is absolutely no scientific basis for using aversive techniques in training dogs or any other species.  If a trainer uses words like alpha or dominance, they are hopelessly ignorant of how dogs learn.  If they are using shock, choke, or pinch collars, forcing the pet into submission, or otherwise using aversive techniques, they are causing more harm than good. 

There is no way to improve the relationship with your pet when you are hurting or scaring them and they are only obeying you out of fear of punishment.  We will never ask you nor permit you to do anything to make your pet suffer pain, fear, anxiety, or stress.  That is our promise to you and your pet.  

All of our training courses come with lifetime access to a private Facebook group where you can always ask questions or get training advice.  We’re here for you, just like Family!

A well-trained dog like Annika gets to go fun places like Hugger Mugger Brewing in downtown Sanford NC.

Adult Basic Dog Training Course

When your dog is well-trained, you get to take them to fun places like Hugger Mugger Brewing!  

Our Adult Dog Basic Training Course teaches you how to train your dog these foundation behaviors :

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Leave It
  • Walk on a loose leash
  • Recall (come here)
  • Place (go to a mat and stay there)
  • Focus
  • Target
  • And More

Plus they’ll get practice with distractions and fun socialization!

This course is perfect for newly adopted canine family members of all ages 16 weeks and up, and for dogs who need a little refresher course in basic manners.  

Jael shows you how to use R+ techniques such as target, focus, shaping, and capturing to teach your pet the behaviors.  We highly recommend the group course for anyone who can attend because it gives your pet an opportunity to socialize as well as learn.  

Join us at Kiwanis Family Park in Sanford at 6 pm on Thursdays for the group course.

Group Adult Basics Course is $450

Private Adult Basics Course is $600

Online course coming soon!

Buddy learned to sit within minutes using positive reinforcement techniques and lots of treats.

Puppy Right Start Training Course

Get your puppy off to the Right Start with our Puppy Right Start Training course! You will learn how to train your new furkid the foundation behaviors for being a fabulous family dog:

  • Focus
  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Recall (come here)
  • Leave it
  • Crate Training
  • Leash Walking
  • Housebreaking
  • And more

All in a positive environment that supports your puppy’s confidence and well-being.  We highly recommend the Group Right Start Course so your puppy gets the early socialization needed to prevent future problems.  

Puppies must be younger than 16 weeks of age at the start of the course to participate.  

Puppies enrolled in our Right Start Wellness Plan receive 10% off the group or private course.  

The 6-session group course meets on a weekly basis at Kiwanis Park in Sanford Thursdays at 5 pm. 

Group Right Start Puppy Course is $450 Private Right Start Puppy Course is $600

Untrained dog is pulling against his leash.

Leash Walk Boot Camp Training Course

If this picture looks familiar, we have a plan for you!  Dogs who pull constantly, lunge after small animals, and act a fool when other dogs go by are not fun to walk at all.  If your dog is otherwise well-behaved, but just can’t seem to keep it together while walking on a leash, Jael can help.  

Leash Walk Boot Camp is a 2-session course conducted in your home.  Jael will use the first session to assess the situation and show you how to get your dog to walk nicely on a leash, even with distractions.  You will practice for a week, and Jael will follow up to ensure success.  It’s that easy!  The result is a dog who can walk nicely on a leash, like our trainee Evie below, so you and your family can exercise with your dog and have fun safely.  


Evie pulled her Mom down the first time Jael met her. Now look!

Requirements for Training and Behavior Programs and Courses

Proof of current veterinarian-administered vaccination is required for dogs:

  • Distemper/Parvo combination
  • Rabies (required for puppies and dogs over 16 weeks of age)
  • Kennel cough for group courses only
  • Your veterinarian may recommend additional vaccines

All dogs must have current heartworm, intestinal parasite, flea, and tick control.  You will need a properly-fitting flat buckle collar and a 6-foot leash.  

We welcome all members of the family to participate in training and behavior sessions when safe.

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