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Training Your Adult Dog

Yes...you can teach your old dog new tricks!

Manners and skills for family life

Adult Dog Training

We will help you and your dog live peacefully together as part of the same happy family. The first step in this process is taking the time to meet with you, and your canine companion in your home for a consultation. This gives us the chance to clearly understand your needs as well as any challenges you may face. We can then customize the best plan for you, your family and your dog to meet your needs as quickly and easily as possible.

Once training begins, here’s some of what you can expect:

  • Teach you the basics of how dogs learn
  • Teach the skills that are most important for your lifestyle and for the activities you and your dog enjoy as determined during the consultation.
  • Teach or improve basic obedience skills.
  • Teach you and your family members how to understand what your dog is trying to communicate with you (body language).
  • Teach you a more effective way to communicate with your dog.
  • Teach your dog how to make good choices on his own so you don’t have to be there to “cue” him all the time.
  • Teach you how to get your dog to “listen” to you when you don’t have food.
  • Determine how to resolve problem behaviors your dog exhibits.
  • These sessions will usually take place in your home and then possibly at the places you and your dog like to visit.

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    These sessions will take place in locations other than your home

    Manners and skills for life on the road

    Now that you and your dog have the skills to make life at home a delight, it’s time to take it on the road. Acquiring new skills is much easier in a calm environment such as your home but many of us want our pets to join us other places too! Transitioning the skills your dog has learned at home into more stimulating environments is the next step.

  • Teach your dog how to focus on you even with exciting things happening around him
  • Expand your knowledge of how dogs learn, helping you understand why it’s much more difficult for dogs to behave when they’re out and about and how you should handle those challenges
  • Teach you how to help your dog make good decisions on his own even with so many things tempting him
  • Teach any new skills required for the environment you and your dog like to visit
  • Teach or strengthen safety skills such as coming when called
  • " "I cannot recommend Jennifer enough to anyone looking for a dog training specialist. Working with her is in NO WAY like any group class. She spent time getting to know Hershel (my Pomeranian) and the rest of my clan, and was able to help me understand what was really going on within my little tribe. She taught me exactly how to communicate with Hershel, and gave me alternatives when I didn't get the results right away. Her method is half education and half hands on training, which was exactly what Hershel and I both needed. I recommended her to several friends, and they were also thrilled with her personal attention. She has some kind of magic!" "

    -- Erin W.

    " "Over the past several years, our family has had some pretty complex issues to work through to create canine and human harmony in our home.  Throughout these times, I have often relied on the wisdom and guidance of Jennifer King.  When people think of canine education, they may think of an obedience class, teaching your dog to do or not to do things.  True Connection Canine Education is so much more than that...Jennifer teaches you to have a fulfilling relationship with your dog through developing an authentic connection.  With an extensive scientific knowledge of canine behavior and keen intuition, Jennifer holistically assessed the needs of our family and provided an honest and realistic picture of what needed to happen to create daily balance for all creatures involved.  With warmth, compassion and humor, Jennifer provided guidance, training and support as we worked through the many stages of restoring balance to our multi-species home.  Working with Jennifer has not only improved our relationship with our dog, there has been a lot of wonderful personal and family growth in the process.  For all of these reasons and many more, I give Jennifer King and True Connection Canine Education my seal of approval!" "

    -- Elizabeth Burnworth

    " "When my friend recommended me to Jennifer, I was a clueless and baffled first time dog-owner who had just spontaneously adopted a 3 year old trembling, terrified little fur baby.  After one meeting with Jennifer, I felt like there was hope. She assessed both of us and reassured me that there was hope things would get better.  She then worked with both of us in such a compassionate and fun way, giving us a sense of reassurance and guidance.  Lady Godiva and I have been together over a year now and she is a loving, cuddly little girl and the best friend I've ever had.  Without Jennifer's help and reassurance, I think we'd both still be clueless and trembling. Thank you Jennifer!!!" "

    -- Claire

    " "I approached Jennifer for help with my highly reactive dog, who had become so reactive I was uncomfortable walking her anywhere, including in my own neighborhood. Upon meeting Jennifer, my dog sensed Jennifer’s kind soul and instantly fell in love with her. Jennifer took the time to get to know me and what my concerns were; she thoroughly evaluated Taylor’s personality in order to identify the triggers for her reactivity. After identifying the issues that needed to be corrected, Jennifer provided me with a reasonable plan of action and timeline for what we both hoped would be noticeable improvement. Taylor and I worked with Jennifer for several months and I was amazed at the the transformation in my dog and the reduction in her reactivity. We met at multiple locations to expose Taylor to new and different environments and during each training session Jennifer provided me with instructional tools and cues that built on previous concepts. This kept Taylor motivated and interested to improve and the tools/instruction Jennifer provided were also practical to use on a daily basis. Jennifer also explained how to continue with the tools we’d learned to refresh Taylor’s memory and reinforce positive behaviors. I was very pleased with the progress we made in each training session and Taylor is now a manageable dog that can be walked with confidence. I highly recommend Jennifer––she was an exceptional trainer to work with. Furthermore, I can say without reservation that Jennifer is very knowledgeable about how a dog’s mind works and was an excellent communicator with both Taylor and me. She was also quite generous about accommodating my schedule." "

    -- Ferran H.