Fired Up! Dog Train​ing

Igniting a spark between you and your dog!

Reward-based, force-free training is effective and gets consistent results!

See what services we offer, our prices, and our Project Trade discount structure!

Basic Manners

Manners all dogs should know include walking on a leash, greeting people without jumping, impulse control, and performing basic behaviors on cue (sit, down, wait, come), just name a few. This training will also prepare you and your dog for programs such as Canine Good Citizen, Pet Dog Ambassador, and is a prerequisite for therapy and service dog training.

Therapy Dog Training

Therapy dogs are dogs that go with their handlers to places such as schools, assisted living facilities, hospitals, airports, and more, to provide Animal Assisted Therapy to the individuals at the facility. Therapy dogs are NOT service dogs and have NO public access (they must be invited by the facilities they visit). Potential therapy dogs must enjoy going to public places and being petted by many different kinds of people (different heights, genders, ages, etc). Becoming a therapy dog team is a lot of work and requires many hours of training, exposure to new environments and many different people, and testing with a therapy dog certification organization. To learn more about the process of therapy dog testing, click HERE.

Behavior Modification

If your dog is showing reactive or aggressive behavior, it’s best to seek help immediately. It is very important to remember that behavior is often driven by a need to feel safe, and a dog acting out may only be doing what he feels is necessary to remain safe. If you suspect your dog is reactive or aggressive, please do not hesitate to contact us. You will have the opportunity to speak over the phone or via video conference without having to commit to any training sessions first.

Trick and Stunt Dog Training

Tricks can be as simple as rolling over or jumping through a hoop, or as complicated as retrieving a drink from a fridge or cabinet. For teams that want to go beyond performing tricks at home, stunt dog ring trials get teams in a show ring to perform live trick shows! Want to earn a title? Scroll down to learn about trick titles!

Found what you're looking for? Click HERE to set up a training session!

Service Dog Training

      Service dogs are trained to perform tasks for their handler to alleviate a disability (or disabilities) the handler has. Training a service dog is very intense for both the dog and the handler, and many teams wash out of training because they are unable to meet the requirements. This process often takes over a year and there is no guarantee that any dog is capable of such work.

At this time, training is limited to only certain types of work. Please be aware that your dog will need to be evaluated for suitability prior to being accepted into the service dog training program, and you will be required to show documentation from your physician (on practice letter head and with physician name and signature) to verify that you have a condition that qualifies you for a service dog. If you and your dog are accepted into the program, you will be required to sign a letter of agreement outlining the rules of the program and signifying that you understand the laws and regulations regarding a service dog in training.

      If you have a medical condition that qualifies you for a service dog, and would like to know what your options are, please call or fill out this form HERE. Service dog training requires many, many hours of training, both with and without a trainer. This type of training will include in-home training, training in pet-friendly public places, and various evaluations to ensure both dog and handler are capable and progressing appropriately.

      NOTE: It is illegal to pass off a pet as a service dog. While service dogs are granted public access with their disabled handler, service dogs that are still in training are NOT. Therapy dogs and emotional support animals are NOT service dogs and have NO public access rights. We will not allow our services to be used to pass off pets as service animals. For more information on common US laws pertaining to service dogs, click HERE.

Pricing

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Virtual Training Lessons

Virtual lessons allow you to take your lessons in the comfort of your own home without distractions! Please call, email, or fill out this form HERE if you would like to set up a video conference. Conferences are set up via Zoom. We only uses the link sharing process to invite clients into the chatroom, and clients enter the waiting room to be admitted. This ensures the session is private and very secure.

  • 20 minute consult- FREE
  • 30 minutes- $46
  • 60 minutes- $62
  • 4 x 60 minute conferences- $231 (Save 20%!)

In-Person Training Packages

Buy a package and save! Please note that travel fees are not included here, but will apply for addresses requiring more than 19 miles of travel.

  • Start up package: includes a first lesson (1.5-2 hours) and 4 Follow up lessons- $376 (save $25!)
  • 4 lesson package: 4 follow up lessons (must have completed a first lesson before purchasing this option)- $283 (save $25!)
  • 8 lesson package: 8 follow up lessons (must have completed a first lesson before purchasing this option)- $566 (save $50!)

Single In-Person Training Sessions

First lesson, 1.5-2 hours- $93

Follow up lessons, 1 hour- $77

For addresses requiring 20-30 miles of travel, a $21 travel fee will apply. For addresses requiring more than 30 miles of travel, please contact for pricing.

Canine Good Citizen Testing

Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, or Urban Canine Good Citizen test. Each test has 10 steps to evaluate your dog's manners when out and about. For more information, click HERE.

1 test- $16

Travel fees apply if traveling more than 10 miles.

Pet Dog Ambassador Assessments

The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills, and ability to handle their canine companion in real life settings, with levels 1-5. For more information on the steps to become a PDA, and to take the short guardian quiz required before skills testing, click HERE.

Level Assessment- $11

Travel fees apply if traveling more than 10 miles.

Trick and Fitness Evaluations

Earn trick and fitness titles through the DMWYD program! A great way to enhance the bond between you and your dog while learning fun (and often very helpful) tricks along the way, or by working on canine conditioning. There are 4 basic trick levels: novice, intermediate, advanced, and expert. Each level consists of tricks and activities to bring you and your dog closer together. Trick titles are eligible for AKC recognition! Earning these titles also makes you eligible to participate in Stunt Dog Ring Trials. For information on trick titles and the trick lists, click HERE.

Fitness titles show off your dog's level of fitness. There are 4 levels. For information on the fitness program and the exercise lists, click HERE.

Title evaluation- $11

Travel fees apply if traveling more than 10 miles.

***If you would prefer a video assessment for your title, please send a message HERE.

Stunt Dog Judging

Stunt dog trials are live trick performances. This sport is run by DMWYD and has prerequisites which can be found HERE. If you are interested in having us as a stunt judge for your local Stunt Dog Ring Trials, fill out this form HERE. Pricing will depend on travel as well as other factors.

Be a Tree Presentations

The Be a Tree program is a dog bite prevention seminar program for school-age children. This program focuses on fun and interactive activities to teach children to read dog body language and how to act safely around both their own dog and strange dogs. Half of all kids are bitten by a dog by the time they are 12 years old. A good percentage of these bites are from a dog the child knows. Education is the key to preventing bad interactions between dogs and children. Click HERE for more information on Doggone Safe, the organization that created the “Be a Tree” program. Want to have the presentation delivered to your daycare, school, girl or boy scout troop, or church group? Fill out this form HERE.

*Fee is not charged for presentation, however small compensation may be requested when travel time exceeds 30 minutes.

Project Trade- Swap gear to make the world kinder for pets

How Would You Like to Trade Your Old Dog Training Equipment for Great Discounts?

We want to swap great discounts on our most popular services FOR your choke, prong or shock collars or any other qualifying pet gear. By participating in “Project Trade” you can earn up to 15% off our most popular services simply by giving us old pet gear* you have laying around. It couldn’t be easier!

What is Project Trade?

     Project Trade is the Pet Professional Guild's (PPG) international advocacy program that promotes the use of force-free pet training equipment by asking pet guardians to swap choke, prong and shock collars (and any other devices that are designed to change behavior through pain or fear). Because we want all pets and their guardians to experience the huge advantages and long-lasting effectiveness of force-free training and pet care, we will give you great discounts on our most popular, effective, fun and pain-free training in exchange for your old gear.

     Effective, humane animal training and pet care methods are the foundation of any animal’s healthy socialization and training and help prevent behavior problems. Since a wide variety of equipment and tools are commonly used when training pets, the pet-owning public needs to be aware of the potential problems and dangers some equipment may pose. Specifically, the use of collars and leads that are intended to apply constriction, pressure, pain or force around a dog’s neck (such as ‘choke chains’ and ‘prong collars’) should be avoided. Distinguished veterinarians and behaviorists worldwide are joining the discussion and calling for the elimination of such devices from the training efforts of both pet owners and professionals.

*qualifying pet gear = prong collars, shock collars, pinch collars, choke chains, citronella collars and the like.

What do the experts say?

      Respected veterinarian and thyroid expert, Dr. Jean Dodds, recommends against choke or prong collars “as they can easily injure the delicate butterfly-shaped thyroid gland that sits just below the larynx and in front of the trachea. These collars can also injure the salivary glands and salivary lymph nodes on the side of the face underneath both ears.”

     Bestselling author and canine behaviorist, Jean Donaldson, says: "These devices (choke and prong collars), when they work, do so to the degree that they hurt. With the advent of modern methods and tools they are irrelevant.”

     According to veterinarian and veterinary behaviorist Dr. Soraya V. Juarbe-Diaz: "Using punishment to stop behaviors is not new. Notice I say ‘stop’ rather than ‘teach’ -- I can stop any behavior, but I am more interested in teaching my students, animal or human, to choose the behavior I want them to perform because they can trust me, because I do not hurt them and they are safe with me, and because the outcome is something they enjoy.”

     PPG thus encourages all pet owners and pet professionals to embrace modern, scientifically based, training techniques and tools, especially the latest generation of no-pull harnesses which are free of the risks posed by traditional collars and offer far more benefits. So swap your gear and help create a kinder world for you and your pet!

To learn more, click HERE.

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