Are we a good match?

I firmly believe there will always be many ways to train a dog, but in the end it’s not just about the dog but also their people. I strive to help owners look at the bigger picture, the why behind their dog’s actions and choices, and come to an understanding together of what your dog needs from you to be balanced and happy. There are many ways to get there, but I am here to help you find a way that makes sense for you and your family.

Do you have a training guarantee?

Dogs are living beings who are being asked to live in a very complex world with us with a lot of variables. Due to these variables I can’t offer a 100% guarantee. But if you are committed and ready to put in hard work I will be here to support you every step of the way and give you the tools to build a happier more balanced relationship between you and your dog.

What kind of tools do you use during training?

I like to have a lot of tools in my training toolbox. Every dog and family is different and my goal is to figure out what tools best aid the dog and their family in their journey to a well behaved dog.  Tools aren’t the end all be all but they can help open the lines of communication between dog and handler.

Over the years I have used just about everything from slip leads, slip collars, head halters, prong collars, martingales, clickers, and remote collars. But in the end it’s not all about the actual tools used, they aren’t magic, but instead are simply an aid in communication and can help teach and motivate.

Do you use treats?

Yes.  Food, treats, and play can be a big help in building trust and motivation especially early on as your pup and I get to know eachother. However, you won’t have to carry around food to get your dog to listen. There is a time and place for it and it’s important that food isn’t the center of your dog’s world but that you are.

Is my dog too young/old for training?

No, puppies as young as 8 weeks old can benefit from training and establishing simple age appropriate rules and boundaries. As far as whether you can teach old dogs new tricks the answer is huge Yes.

Over the years I have trained dogs of all ages, even seniors of upwards of 10 years old. You may think your dog is too old and set in their ways but they are rarely too old to learn and change.

You trained the dog, will my dog listen to me when it comes home?

In short yes, I am all about training and equipping owners to carry on the training,  I want you to find success together. If you work the program and implement the simple structure and boundaries that have been put in place you will be well on your way to having a more well behaved dog.

Zen and I are feeling refreshed and capable of taking on some more challenges after another lesson with Anna.  When I first met Anna I told everyone she was like Cesar, but the truth is she’s way better. Zen and I are extremely lucky to have found her.  She’s the real deal. Zen has come miles – lightyears really from the dog I first met, and so have I thanks to her.  We are learning from eachother.  Thank You Syrius Dog!
Mindy V

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