Dog Training

Training at the Hound House

Our Mission is to train the companion of a lifetime, and to support that training with superb care and programs that enrich the lives of dogs – and the people who love them.

We work with many behavior challenges and offer training packages of multiple sessions to help you address a full spectrum of problem behaviors, from separation anxiety to reactivity and aggression. From the minor to the more complex we can help you resolve your dog or puppy’s problems.

Here is a list of behavioral challenges we can solve:

  • Excessive Barking (demand vs. protection)
  • Obsessive behaviors like Barking/Vocalization (In vehicles, at playgrounds and parks, where a dog cannot or will not stop)
  • Aggression Toward Other Dogs
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Handling Issues (leashing up, sensitivity to touch, visitors, noises)
  • Dog-Dog Reactivity on-leash
  • The Home Front: from front door mania (revving up when the doorbell rings, jumping on visitors or racing out when the door opens), counter surfing and kitchen etiquette
  • Separation Anxiety (Barking, whining, peeing, pacing, becoming destructive when you leave home)
  • Aggression directed toward you, children or family members, strangers or other dogs (snapping at the air, lunging, nipping, growling or biting)
  • House Training – from getting started to starting over
  • Crate Training (teaching your puppy or dog to enter and stay in his crate happily)
  • Fearful reactions and phobias – noises, strangers, moving objects like bikes, skateboards or scooters, grocery carts and more
  • Lunging and/or barking at running children, strangers, other dogs
  • Excitability or an inability to regulate energy downward

If your puppy or dog is causing damage to your home, playing roughly with your kids, growling at strangers, lunging at other dogs, guarding toys or food, or is difficult to manage you have some serious challenges ahead. The sooner you get help, the easier it’s going to be on everyone, including your dog. In fact, behavior problems are a frequent indication that your dog isn’t happy, either.

We get many calls for help after a dog has done serious damage, bitten a child, jumped on a visitor or lunged at a strange dog. In nearly every situation there were warning signs, behaviors that manifested subtly then ballooned into full fledged problems. Early intervention is always optimal but not always possible, as with a recently adopted dog. The key is to start at the first sign of a problem.

Our Training Philosophy

Our Training Philosophy is grounded in state-of-the-art, research-based, non-aversive training techniques. These we combine with affection and gentle regard for each dog’s unique temperament and needs for exercise, interaction and mental stimulation. We believe that every puppy needs a trained human, so all of our classes and training programs include activities and instructional experiences that create informed, confident dog and puppy owners.

Many behavior problems are difficult to solve on your own, especially if present for a number of years. Discipline or punishment cannot teach, let alone resolve behavior problems. Instead, they drive them underground to fester and reappear later. In all of our training we utilize a combination of science-based (and proven) behavior modification, loving care and specially designed activities that bring out the best in a dog and teach him new skills and ways to cope with anxiety and fear – an underlying factor in many cases of aggression.