Successful training is built upon trust and a partnership between trainer and dog.  Saddleback offers a variety of training and behavior programs that can be customized to meet you and your dog’s needs.  We use a “give and take” approach to training, which opens the dog’s mind to learning instead of encouraging resistance.  We teach the way your dog thinks.  We respect your dog’s instincts and personality AND what you need from your dog to be an excellent companion to you and your family.  We can act as a translator and negotiator to find the best results for all. 

We specialize in realistic solutions; we do not create competitive show dogs, but are interested in giving your family a loving pet that fits into your household.  Dogs of all ages and types can benefit from boarding training:  puppies can get off to a great start; adult dogs can improve skills or work on off leash training and any dog with a problem behavior can undergo evaluation and training.

Boarding Training:

Having your dog trained at our facility is a quick and effective way to maximize your training time. A professional training program can introduce basic commands, reinforce and improve existing knowledge and can evaluate and work on behavior problems in a stable and safe environment. Your role when your pet returns home is to build on that knowledge, reinforce a positive leadership role, and practice so that  you and your pet can grow and maintain a constructive, working partnership.

The typical program is two weeks long, but we are always flexible to your needs.  Our learning environment encourages your dog to succeed.  When he does something right he is praised and rewarded.  After our many years of training, if a particular approach to teaching doesn’t work, our skilled trainer will recognize the problem and adapt the lesson to your dog’s specific personality.
We take the time to learn what is important to you and plan your dog’s program accordingly.  We recreate real life circumstances to mimic situations that present a problem or need practice.  For example, if your dog is aggressive when a stranger approaches, then your dog needs to practice how to behave when a stranger approaches.  Training is most successful when your dog has a chance to experience and practice new skills.

When your dog has completed their training, we spend time with you to help you understand your dog’s personality and their new knowledge. Your dog needs to trust you to step into the trainer’s shoes. Your relationship with your dog is as important to a positive outcome as the knowledge and skills that your dog has acquired.  We ask that you practice at home to reinforce commands and build you and your dog’s confidence in your partnership.

Help is just a phone call away, and we offer follow-up lessons at no charge should you need them.  Our goal is to ensure that you and your dog are happy with the results of training.

Behavior Consultations:

Sometimes all you need is a little advice and a helping hand. For these situations, we offer consultations. Our two hour sessions review your concerns and focus on solutions to particular problems.  We offer insights into how your dog thinks and how your relationship with the dog affects his behavior. We will also review concrete exercises for you to practice at home to alleviate any problems.

Maybe you have a new dog or puppy and want to be proactive – a consultation can offer you an opportunity to ask questions and be ready to problem solve before a problem even occurs.  We can also give you numerous  ways to introduce obedience commands to a new family member.

Follow up phone calls are always at no charge and follow up lessons are at a reduced fee.  If you find at a later date, you wish to pursue a boarding training program, your consultation fee will be applied toward that program.

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