Positive Dog Training That's Fun & Effective!
We offer group dog training classes, private dog training, and specialize in training anxious, fearful, or reactive dogs in Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend (by appointment). Get ready to experience the JOY of an obedient dog by using effective positive dog training that is fun for both of you!
Dog Training Classes
K9 Nose Work® Classes for all ages and experience levels
Teenage dogs learn ultimate self-control in Teenage Angst Class
Senior dogs will be kept active and healthy in our Silver Muzzle Class
Blossoming Wallflower Class teaches confidence to shy dogs
Private Dog Training
Individualized and personalized training sessions
Feisty Fido helps your dog stop barking and lunging at dogs or people
Tellington TTouch® helps increase confidence and calmness
Specializing in solving behavior problems
What People Say
Our German Shephard, Kai, is a rescue that came into our lives at 8 months. We learned that he had spent many months in a kennel too small for him for too many hours each day, with his brother kenneled next to him. When we brought him home he could barely walk up and down the steps, couldn’t jump over obstacles, and was too scared to even walk around the block. My husband and I had three other rescues prior to Kai so we were certain we knew what we were doing.
We immediately signed up for “dog-training” classes. The classes were held once a week and there were between 4 – 6 dogs at each session. We bought a choke collar to use for “correction,” as advised by the instructor. After 4 weeks, Kai’s behaviors never improved, and even the instructor was at a loss (encouraging us to just sit with Kai as the other dogs went through the training). Needless to say, we stopped the training.
Months went by and we still struggled to get Kai to leave the house and not overreact when people came over or dogs were present. In December, Kai bit a child in our house. That was the final straw.
I reached out to all my dog friends asking for recommendations for training. Finally someone sent me a link to Sarah Becker’s webpage. Sarah immediately caught my interest because she asked numerous questions about Kai, my husband, and me, and trained through positive reinforcement.
When we first met at our initial 90 minute getting to-know-each-other meeting, I was a little skeptical because she was adamant that Kai would respond to treats and that there would be no need for a choke collar. Within the first appointment, not only was Kia wearing a harness instead of a choke chain, but I was getting to understand how to respond to his behaviors and learning little “tricks” to encourage his success.
However, 6 weeks went by, and although Kai was making gains in the training, he still seemed to struggle much more than any other dog I have ever had. Sarah recommended that I talk with my Vet about medication for Kai. I was reluctant, but did my research. We continued training, and I eventually put Kai on the lowest dosage of Prozac in May 2018.
It took some time, but I cannot express what a welcomed change occurred. Kai is no longer completely stressed. He can relax. He can play. He can listen. And most importantly, he can be successful. I believe the medication and the training were needed to make this happen. My husband and I (and Kai) are so thankful for what Sarah has done for us. We highly recommend Sarah to work with any dog and will be using her again if/when another dog joins our family.
Kat, Tim, and Kai Port Angeles 2018