We are excited to offer Holistic Dog Training under the mentorship of world renowned Roman Gottfried, CPDT. This unique approach addresses the emotional needs of you and your dog to help you develop a secure relationship so you both can succeed.
60min 1-on-1 Private Online Session $45
60min 1-on-1 In Person Session $60
HDT is force free, pain free relationship based dog training that takes into account the unique history, health, breed, and living circumstances of your dog. Its aim is to help you foster a secure attachment relationship with your dog, so you both can reach your highest potential.
HDT uses positive methods but goes beyond basic reward based training by taking the time to observe and understand unhealthy behaviors and from that perspective come up with a plan for healing based on scientifically proven methods.
HDT Foundation Skills Program
Teaching your dog foundational skills are important to building a secure relationship. These may look like “obedience commands,” but HDT intentionally does not use these terms because they convey a “do it or else” mentality that doesn’t offer choice or control to your dog. Secure relationships are based on trust and a sense of safety, not based on force. Using these gentle and scientifically proven training methods, your dog will be encouraged to learn according to her own free will and you will both have a lot of fun in the process.
A solid understanding of these basic skills is extremely useful for all kinds of situations, like going to the vet or approaching a strange dog on a walk. A dog that waits when the door opens onto a busy street is safe from harm and injury. A dog with “good manners” is given access to all sorts of enriching environments and situations, like outdoor dining or family get-togethers.
Beyond these functional benefits, helping your dog to use her intelligence to make good choices gives her an opportunity to control her environment. When she makes a decision and something she likes happens, these skills become associated with positive emotions in a truly transformational way. And because you are supporting your dog in this process your bond strengthens and grows.
For especially nervous or anxious dogs, for whom the world is a big and scary place, having this sense of control truly fosters a feeling of stability and predictability. Many dogs “act out” with undesirable behaviors like excessive barking or jumping because they don’t know what else to do. Teaching them these foundational skills gives them a choice to “do the right thing” which leads to a better outcome for everyone.
HDT Behavioral Healing
Your dog may be exhibiting what we humans see as “problem” behaviors like reactivity, separation anxiety, aggression, jumping, resource guarding, excessive barking, etc. for a reason. That reason is never because she is a bad dog. Punishing fear or dominating aggression is not a healthy or ethical approach and often leads to future issues. To maintain the health and integrity of your dog and your relationship, the function of her behavior will be determined during the session. Past trauma, previous aversive training methods, medical issues, breed traits, and other sometimes very simple but not so obvious reasons may be contributing to these unhealthy reactions. Compassion and support, along with force free and pain free training methods that are backed by science is the best and most ethical approach used in HDT. Addressing the emotional needs of your dog and fostering a secure relationship is the first step to healing these unhealthy behaviors. From there a training plan, with exercises you can do at home to manage and heal the behaviors will be recommended. Supportive follow-up sessions are offered to observe progress and make adjustments to the plan. With surprisingly little time and patience some of the most severe “problem” behaviors can be healed humanely and cost effectively.
Is in person or online training best for your dog?
HDT promotes developing a secure relationship with your dog which means you are your dog’s teacher. Whether the trainer is there in person or online, you will be empowered to work directly with your dog to develop foundational skills or heal behaviors. The trainer will observe and help make adjustments in either case. The benefit to online training is that your dog can remain calm in your home, without the distraction or stress of a visitor. Online training is cost effective because it saves travel time and cost. Despite the benefits of online training, many pet parents feel more confident with a hands-on approach. After you fill out your questionnaire we can discuss which option is best for you and your dog.
HDT Training Pricing
For a FREE behavioral consultation or to schedule a session please call Jen at (718) 791-7607 or email admin@corvallispetcare.
The "alpha dog" training methodology has been scientifically debunked. It causes unnecessary fear and aggression and can significantly damage your relationship. Holistic Dog Training focuses on developing a strong and secure bond between you and your dog to promote mutual trust and respect.
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