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Nominated for: BEST Training
First and foremost, we realize that our students and clients are real people who live real, busy, and sometimes hectic lives. Our approach takes a candid, realistic look at client needs to build a system of training right for them. This approach does have a secondary element of obedience, but its primary focuses are manners and emotional soundness. In other words, sit, stay, and lie down are great and are somewhat useful, but more relevant challenges are things like jumping on visitors, pulling on leash, surfing the counters, jumping on furniture when not invited, barking, bursting through the door, etc. We frequently find ourselves saying, "I don't care if my dog can sit if he eats my turkey off the table!" We also aim to relieve our clients of the task of training. While well versed in clicker training and other technical applications, our founder, Cristine Dahl, dislikes the idea of finding time each and everyday to sit down with her own dogs to train uninterrupted. Because of this, we strive for a lifestyle approach to good dog behavior comprised of checks and balances. Discipline can be applied in a kind, gentle, and effective way without suppressing any of the great personality traits a dog has. Owners shouldn't have to give up the intimate relationship they have with their dog just because he's poorly behaved, as many currently popular methods would suggest. Instead, that relationship can actually grow by putting a few simple guidelines in place. Our staff is comprised of highly educated, dedicated, compassionate people who share the same goal: helping people and their dogs live harmoniously through education and effective training methods. Because we are well versed in a broad number of techniques, we are suited to modify a vast array of behavior challenges faced by today's companion animal owner. Our behavioral staff is highly experientially and formally educated. For details, please see our pedigree.
We started our dog with the puppy playtime which was a terrific experience and got her ready for the next steps of training. We have since taken her to good dog 101 and focus and control classes. Joel and the team at Seattle Dogworks are amazing. I observed at least 2 other schools before getting my puppy to check out the teaching techniques since I had never owned a dog before. The vibe at SDW won me over. Would not hesitate to recommend them!
Vote: BEST Training
This is the best place that you can take your puppy and adolescent dog to get trained but it's really the owner that needs the most training and Joel and Richard have given me the skills to do right by my Havanese. I can't thank them enough for all their time, wisdom, and patience. My family and friends think she's the best educated and well behaved dog to visit their house - we're always invited back for more doggie playdates and sleepovers.
Vote: BEST Training
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