When choosing which program is best for your family and your unique situation, it's not about the length of the program you want, it's about how much help you need.
If your dog is acting aggressive, has issues with being left home alone or any other over-the-top behavior you're going to need and want more help, which equals a longer and more in-depth program.
I GET IT!
I used to feel the same as you, and sometimes still do!
Maybe you find that hard to believe.
After all, these days, I’m a successful Canine Behavior Coach.
But, even though I’m considered an expert…
You know what?
I wasn’t born an expert...
My first dog as a young adult was a cute little Rottweiler puppy.
I was so excited and had big plans for my new puppy. I wanted to show him in dog shows, so I took him to as many obedience classes as possible in his first year.
Our first couple of conformation shows he did great and won many ribbons.
When he was around 15 months old, I decided I wanted to try my hand at obedience competitions. I went to a local show with my adolescent, intact Rottweiler, where he proceeded to lung and bark at a beautiful, sweet Golden Retriever!
All the people around me started to scold and ridicule me, telling me to leave with my vicious dog. I knew my dog wasn’t mean. Most of the time, he was a big baby and super sweet. But he was HUGE, and he was feeling his oats! I didn’t recognize the situations I shouldn’t have put him in and didn't know what to do about his unacceptable behavior.
I cried the whole way home!
That hour and a half drive felt like it took a lifetime. Because I was embarrassed, I never took him to another show! I understand the helplessness of not knowing what to do when your dog misbehaves.
I never wanted to feel like that again, and that started my journey for answers to my dog’s behavior.
After 30 years of learning, experiencing, and teaching people and their dogs, I have answers!
Lots of them!
I’ve had many dogs and people come into my life since then, all with their unique personalities and situations and some that tested my abilities. I’ve learned from every one of them. I now know that no matter what, whatever dog I bring into my home, I can help them become their best self, AND I can help you!
I know you want to fix the problem you're having with your dog NOW!
I know you want to feel relaxed, proud, and confident with your dog.
I know you have watched TV programs showing serious problems fixed like magic within an hour.
But the reality is that we don’t see the editing involved, how long the training took, what happened behind the scenes, AND whether or not that “fix” was permanent or just good TV.
Successful behavior change takes time, understanding, and consistency from you and FOR your dog.
I have built my behavior programs with you in mind. To guide you during the behavior change, to help you understand your dog, and to be consistent during the process.
My unbelievably successful programs walk you through, step-by-step, how an expert in canine behavior (that’s me) has taught their family and dogs the necessary life skills to live harmoniously together.
And here's another secret...
My most successful students have been the students that have taken my digital programs, NOT my group class students or my private in-home students. Digital classrooms are the safest environment for dogs and people who need extra time and space to learn. Together, removing the outside stressors that slow or inhibit behavior change and learning, we will build on your dog’s progress at a pace that creates successful and positive training experiences.
You CAN learn to train your dog, but it takes being provided the correct information by someone that has the education and skills based on the science of animal behavior and learning to teach you.
You’re probably asking yourself right now, what exactly ARE Drop the Leash’s Behavior Programs?
Drop the Leash’s K9 Behavior Programs begins with immediate access to some of the best information about family dog training available.
By providing you with powerful on-demand video content that is available for you to watch and rewatch at your pace, allowing you to practice what you’ve learned daily, whatever your learning style is, you’ll begin to take concrete steps every day so that you will make good behavior from your dog a habit.
The On-Demand video portion of the program is entertaining, easy-to-follow, informative, and best of all, it is designed specifically for YOU, the family dog guardian. Everything from myth-busting to how to teach your dog practically anything is covered in this video series. This isn’t a series of random dog training videos on the internet. This program is designed and taught by a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant, so you know you are getting accurate and up-to-date information that you can trust.
The On-Demand curriculum is available to you no matter which program you decide to pursue, and best of all, you will have access to it for one full year! So take your time, there’s no rush, and the pressure is off you and your dog.
In addition to the excellent on-demand video program, you have several options for face-to-face, live, interactive Zoom Q&As, and consultations.
Participating through Zoom is ideal for dog owners who cannot leave their homes, have aggressive or fearful dogs, or have busy families.
With Zoom, you’ll be able to:
Interact with other students and me, Valeria, your behavior consultant, and family dog mediator.
Show off your dog’s new skills.
Interact in a virtual group class in the safety of your own home
Stress-free for you by eliminating having to pack up the kids, the dog, and anything else to drive to a one-hour chaotic group class with a bunch of strangers.
Stress-free for your dog! Do you remember your first day of school every year? The chaos and excitement! It can be the same for your dog. Learning is nearly impossible, at least learning what you want them to, especially if your dog is not used to other dogs or people.
PRIVATE SUPPORT GROUP
All my programs include access to our private Facebook group for the duration of your chosen program to help you when those difficult emotions of frustration and embarrassment arise. Someplace to share the progress of your dog and yourself with a like-minded group going through the same journey as you.
You’ll find a great community of like-minded families experiencing the same struggles that you are with your dog. Our families provide encouragement, support, inspiration, and a place that challenges you to reach your goals and celebrate your successes with your dog.
By immersing yourself in this community, you give yourself a chance to learn from the overall group, mining the wisdom of many people and helping each other along the way.
By their very nature, communities contain diverse opinions, ideas, and knowledge you would never encounter alone. Being included in such a whirlwind of ideas means constantly challenging yourself to think creatively and discover new ideas.
You might even encounter a solution to a problem you’re having with your dog that you would have never thought of.
And if you’re geeky like me, you’ll be excited to learn that with every course, you are provided a detailed PDF workbook to keep track of your, and your dog's progress throughout and learn the critical problem-solving skills to change those problem behaviors.
You’ll know exactly where you are and what to do to improve your dog’s behavior.
And I take a very novel approach to teaching dog behavior so be ready for a few surprises.
What's inside your Behavior Modification Program?
Access your program anywhere you have WiFi
My Guarantee To You
I want to ensure this elevates your life to the point where the investment in yourself, your family, and your dog is a no-brainer.
So I include a guarantee that will make your jaw drop.
Because I want you to know just how confident I am about this program…
If this isn't a fantastic investment after you've accessed the program,
all you have to do is let me know within 48 hours of purchasing,
and I’ll refund 100% of your purchase.
You don’t need to explain.
You don’t have to convince me.
Plain and simple – I don’t want to keep your money if this isn't awesome for you.
I offer this (and mean it) because I know how powerful this program will be.
THAT is how confident I am in the value of the K9 HomeSchool Program.
Listen, the bottom line is that it’s going to be amazing. I know it is, and you’ll feel the same after seeing it.
And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is and make this 100% risk-free for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to teach my dog?
It's difficult to say exactly, as learning is different for everyone, including your dog. Keep in mind that you will be learning a new skill while also teaching your dog, who is also a new learner.
Most students who participate in my HomeSchool Programs experience positive results within days, but it's important to trust the process and not expect an instant fix.
My behavior modification programs are not for everyone, and they are not an easy, "magic pill" type of program. They require a strong desire to improve and the willingness to push your comfort zone. If you are willing to spend time each week watching videos, participating in Zoom group Q&A's or consultations, and engaging with our community, and if you are committed to trying new things in order to achieve your goals, then these programs may be right for you.
Is my dog too young OR too old to learn?
Emphatically NO! It's never too late to start training your dog! Ideally, teaching your dog should start the day you bring your new family member home, whether they are a puppy or an older re-homed or rescue dog. It's easiest to show your dog good behaviors and skills right from the start. The less your dog rehearses unwanted behaviors, such as leash pulling, jumping up on people, or running away, the less time you will have to spend teaching new behaviors. Remember, old dogs can learn new tricks!
What if I've chosen the wrong program?
If you feel that you've chosen the wrong program, don't worry. I'll do my best to help you make the right choice, but sometimes circumstances change. With the variety of programs we offer, you can always upgrade or switch to a different program. Just reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your options.
Can I teach my own dog, even if I'm not a professional dog trainer?
Absolutely! I know this from personal experience, as well as from teaching thousands of students over 30 years how to teach their own dogs. Dog training is not something you are either born with or not - it is a skill that can be learned with the right teacher, just like playing the guitar or riding a bike.
What kind of training methods will I learn?
As a certified and licensed trainer, I adhere to the LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) standard in my teaching. This means that I use the least intrusive and aversive strategies that are likely to be effective in achieving a training or behavior change objective, while also ensuring that I am adequately educated and skilled to use these methods. LIMA does not condone the use of punishment as a training method, and instead focuses on using techniques such as differential reinforcement of alternative behaviors, desensitization, counter-conditioning, and modification of the animal's environment and physical well-being to achieve desired behavior change.
Though I do not teach the use of choke chains, training collars, E-collars, stim-collars, throw chains, penny cans, water spray, dominance rolls, etc., I do not shame or humiliate you for having used these methods in the past. You are here for help and I can show you another way.
In order to implement more positive and humane training techniques, I may use tools such as positive reinforcement, clickers, food treats, and social praise to help shape and reward desirable behaviors. I may also use techniques such as redirection or ignoring undesirable behaviors to help teach your dog what not to do.
Ultimately, the specific tools and techniques I use will depend on your dog's individual needs and personality, as well as the goals you have for your dog's training.
Will I need any special equipment to train my dog?
It depends on your unique situation and the specific training goals you have for your dog. I will make recommendations for you, but in many cases, all you will need is your dog and yourself.