Manners/Basic Skills

A dog that has manners makes a wonderful pet! Manners and basic skills all dogs should know include walking on a leash, greeting people without jumping on them, impulse control, and performing basic behaviors on cue (sit, down, stay, come), just to 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. Manners training can take place in both in-home training and pet-friendly public places.

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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 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). Therapy dog training requires in-home training and training in pet-friendly public places and must begin with manners and basic skills.

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Trick and Stunt Dog Training

What is more fun than trick training? There’s hundreds of tricks for every physical ability, breed, and interest! Tricks are 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! Trick dog training is done in-home, while stunt dog training can be done in-home or in a pet-friendly public place.

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Behavior Modification

If your dog is showing reactive or aggressive tendencies, it’s best to seek help. 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. You will have the opportunity to speak over the phone without having to commit to any training sessions first. This type of training requires in-home training sessions and includes a behavior assessment.

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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. Training a service dog can take years and there is no guarantee that any dog is capable of such work.

     At this time, only certain types of service dog training are offered. 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, email, or use the “Contact” page. 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 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. Fired Up! will not allow services to be used to pass off pets as service animals. For more information on service dogs, visit https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

Local In-Home Training

Designed to help meet you and your dog’s specific needs in your home or neighborhood. Address must be within 24 miles of zip code 23024 for local pricing. $60/hour

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In-Home Training

Designed to help meet you and your dog’s specific needs in your home or neighborhood. Address is 24-50 miles outside of zip code 23024. $75/hour

**Note** if you are more than 50 miles outside of zip code 23024, please contact for availability, as you may be able to schedule services for an additional travel fee.

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Pet-friendly Public Training Sessions

Designed to get you and your dog in public places that allow pets to practice and fine-tune manners and skills.

For locations within 24 miles of zip code 23024, $60 an hour.

For locations 25-50 miles outside of zip code 23024, $75 an hour. For locations more than 50 miles outside of zip code 23024, contact for availability and pricing.

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Canine Good Citizen Testing

Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, or Urban Canine Good Citizen test. Each test has 10 steps to prove your dog's manners when out and about. Travel fees may apply. For more information, visit http://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/

$15 plus travel fees for locations more than 10 miles outside of zip code 23024

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Trick Dog Evaluations

Earn trick 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. There are 4 basic levels: novice, intermediate, advanced, and expert. Each level consists of tricks and activities to bring you and your dog closer together. Earning these titles also makes you eligible to participate in Stunt Dog Ring Trials. To learn more about the program or download a free PDF of the tricks list, visit www.domorewithyourdog.com $10 plus travel fees for locations 10 miles or more outside of zip code 23024

****TITLES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AKC RECOGNITION****

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Pet Dog Ambassador Assessments

The Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills and ability to manage their canine companion in real life settings, with levels 1-5. It is similar to the Canine Good Citizen program but requires force-free training and handling skills. For more information on the steps to becoming a PDA and to take the short guardian quiz required for testing, visit www.petdogambassador.com and click on the guardian tab.

$10 plus travel fees for locations more than 10 miles outside of zip code 23024

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"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 how 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. Visit https://doggonesafe.com/ 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? Send an email, call, or use the "Contact" page to schedule.

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

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