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Our Philosophy

Friends for life;Holistic Pet Training

Modern Positive Motivation Training Techniques

Techniques that are science based, and endorsed by the HSUS, AVMA and AVSAB.

Our dog training style encompasses kindness, understanding and science of behavioral learning of our canine companions. We teach humans how to understand, communicate with and teach their pets. We do not use or advocate the use of methods or tools that are designed to force, frighten, or cause pain to train your pet. #NoShock #NoChoke #NoProng 

 Our Trainer/Counselors specialize in positive dog training and work with all breeds, ages and temperaments. We can help with proper socialization, obedience, potty training, off leash work, aggression, leash reactive, separation anxiety, and of course basic commands such as: Heel, Sit, Stay, Down and Come!

We Strive to help you achieve your goals with your pet with a special understanding of dogs in the home environment.

Friends for Life trainers respect the unique relationship that dogs provide as family members. Our goal is to keep dogs in their homes and provide caring, personalized training for each unique situation. 

Helping you and your pet become Friends for Life!

We serve the Colorado Front Range

1-70 to the 285 corridor: 

morrison, Conifer, Pine Junction, Bailey, Turkey Creek, Evergreen, Kittredge, Indian Hills, Gennesee, Golden, Ken Caryl, Littleton, and lakewood.

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#NOSHOCK #NOPRONG #NOCHOKE


 
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Natalie with Lord Kelvin

Natalie Hawkins CPDT-ka

"I am a, positive methods' trainer, I don't subscribe to techniques that require pain, fear, or intimidation to get

results. I use methods that inspire, encourage, and teach self control. I want my dogs to do something for me because they

want to, not because they are afraid not to. "

By acknowledging each individual pet, owner and home as the unique situations that they are, Natalie helps you better understand your dog. Her goal is to help teach your dog self control by using a series of commands that incorporate voice, body and energy to train. She has helped hundreds of dog and their owners with all types of behavioral issues as well as training for basic and advanced obedience. She has an in depth knowledge of canine behavior, Natural, and homeopathic foods and supplements and Bach Flower Remedies.

Experience...

Over 18 years of working as a professional dog trainer

15+ years of working as a Veterinary Technician

4 years as a volunteer Dog Trainer for 4-H

6+ years of Dog Training for Evergreen Park & Recreation

Professional Member of the Pet Professionals Guild (PPG)

Professional Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)

Professional Member of Animal Building Blocks Academy (ABBA)

Member of the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce

AKC Evaluator and Instructor

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Jenn with Wyatt

Jenn cunningham Certified FFL Trainer

Like so many of us in the pet industry Jenn grew up around animals and has spent her life caring for and working with them. Her extensive experience gained through Veterinary Hospitals, Kennels, Shelters and Ranches gave her all the knowledge and understanding to make a great dog trainer. She has been assisting Natalie Hawkins for over 3 years here at Friends for Life and hopes to attain her own CPDT-KA shortly. Jenn is a quick study, very patient, loves working with dogs and their people. Her respect for the dog/owner relationship and teaching style make her a perfect fit. Not to mention, with her degree in Graphic Design and talent as a Fine Artist! Jenn brings color and beauty with her creativity and passion to our business. She creates beautiful logos to accentuate our Company that makes us truly stand out from the crowd!

Jenn has three dogs, Tatortot, Wyatt Twerp and The Cisco Kid and a big handsome kitty, Shamus.

When not training dogs, Jenn can be found in her studio painting!

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Eon with Stinker

Eon Hawkins FFL Trainer

Eon has grown up with dogs, he loves all animals and has a unique way with them. Eon is patient, kind, and understanding. Graduated in 2017, he is located in Papillion, Nebraska and will be available to help clients who are interested in puppy basics, obedience, and problem solving. Eon has studied with Friends for Life for several years, he has assisted in group and private classes. An outstanding instructor, Eon is approachable and knowledgeable.

 
I would highly encourage everyone who has a pet to use Natalie and Jenn from Friends For Life dog training. They are a pleasure to work with, very understanding and patient. Our dog Pappy would always be so excited to see them. Maybe because he loved the hot dogs :) It didn’t feel like training at all it was always fun and enjoyable. Pappy and I have learned so much. It is such a reward to have a well trained and behaved dog because of Natalie and Jenn.
— Brenda Lips with Pappy Conifer, CO
 
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Private in home Dog training in Colorado

We offer private in-home dog training to residents of Evergreen, Kittredge, Conifer, Littleton, Morrison, Bailey, Ken Caryl, & Golden. Private in-home dog training is a great way to focus on the individual needs of your dog. We don't just train your dog, we teach you how to train your dog using positive, force free methods. 

 

"Life of the dog" training Package

The Life of the Dog training package is just that! Training and support for the Life of your Dog! Our goal is to help you and your dog become friends for life!

This amazing package includes 8 private in home sessions each an hour long. These lessons will cover basic manners, obedience and basic problem solving.

After those 8 educating lessons we will continue to be available for support via phone, internet (including Skype) and if that isn't enough we will schedule a private lesson and come "fix" issues in person!
WOW! Who does that? We DO! Because we believe in our methods! Force Free training is the Here and Now of dog training, we continue to educate ourselves with the newest methods and pass that knowledge on to our clients. Book your FREE consultation and let's start Training! 

$1500/8 Sessions and Training Support for the Life of your Dog

 

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Our Pet Trainers are awesome! They helped us cultivate obedience through fostering trust and connection with our pet.
— Arris Moon

"Good Dog" training package

Basic Training/ Puppy Training

This training package includes 6 private in home lessons, we focus on the foundation of training with Sit, Down, Stay, Come, and Loose Leash walking along with manners in the home and pubilc. Our methods are easy to learn for the dog and family. 

$650/6 Sessions


Hourly lesson rates

$150/hr Private in Home Lesson

 

 

 Training in real parks and local businesses provides unique situations for distractions. Dogs with reactive behaviors, leash pulling, and aggression will have the opportunity to use new skills with the watchful, support of our trainers.

Training in real parks and local businesses provides unique situations for distractions. Dogs with reactive behaviors, leash pulling, and aggression will have the opportunity to use new skills with the watchful, support of our trainers.

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Natalie & Jenn are magic and we have learned SO much from them.

Investing in their ‘Lifetime’ training package has been easily worth 3x as much as we paid for it.

Here is the deal. We learned the hard way that a lot of trainers call themselves ‘positive’, but are anything but.

After a different ‘positive’ trainer choked, pinched, and then shoved our 9lb puppy onto concrete because he was playing tug of war with his leash, we understood that there is a big difference between a truly force free dog trainer and one who uses ‘positive’ as a marketing buzzword.

Following that experience I called Natalie to come meet our puppy, and we knew within 10 minutes that we wanted to work with her. Group lessons are great, but if you want the full experience, private lessons are the way to go.

They came to our home and spent an hour each time helping us with calmness, loose leash walking, staying on a mat, table manners, door dashing, dog and human greetings, recall/come, and a positive relationship with our dog. This is on top of the basics of sit-stay-down-stand, which they also teach. They have endless knowledge and the ability to thoughtfully address biting, over arousal, pulling, guarding, reactivity, aggression, fear, barking, boredom, stealing, anxiety, etc. which they weave beautifully into training sessions that are tailored for each individual dog.

They want your dog to be a dog, and they want your dog to really, truly enjoy life!

Training sessions are fun, and there is no force or pain or fear involved. Our dog LOVES them both, and they are so awesome to hang out with. Natalie and Jenn are laid back, humorous, helpful, and full of experience and knowledge!

What Natalie and Jenn have taught us has easily applied to other aspects of training; simply put, they teach you. . .not just your dog. I cannot say enough awesome things about them.
— Chris L. Littleton, CO
 
 
My Siberian Husky puppy is enrolled in the S.T.A.R. Puppy program and he absolutely loves it! Natalie and Jenn are wonderful. They are understanding and patient with my high-energy, trouble-seeking husky. They are willing to listen to my particular concerns and offer great advice. They have taught me very useful calming techniques and ways to gain my pup’s attention when in a highly distracting environment. Natalie uses clicker training and positive reinforcement which has proven to be far more effective than any other training techniques I’ve tried. The class is very laid back and comfortable and leaves my pup happily worn out. He has come a long way since we first started the classes and I will undoubtedly continue his education with Natalie and Jenn at Friends for Life!
— K.Spin with Kenosha Evergreen, CO
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Aggression and Fear Behavior Modification Services

 
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Behavior modification

We provide help with aggression cases. Any situation, breed of dog and level of aggressive behavior. We use management, education and understanding, as well as proven scientific methods to teach you how to work with your dog. There is no reason to use harsh, painful methods to correct inappropriate behaviors in dogs. Regardless of breed or if you have worked with other trainers who's methods may have "failed". Our philosophy is to find what works and help you maintain a safe learning environment for you and your dog. Several methods using painful tools such as Electric Collars, Prong Collars and "Pack/Alpha" Theory's can be detrimental to the relationship with your dog as well as the mental and physical state of your pet.

Friends for life has a gentle and effective approach to training dogs and teaching owners
— Klaw B.

Behavior MODIFICATION for fear and aggression Lessons

Our Methods for working with "Aggressive/Fearful" dogs are Counter Conditioning/Desensitization using the B.A.T. model (Behavior Adjustment Training) formulated by Grisha Stewart. As well as Scientifically proven Positive Reinforcement methods using clicker marking and reward. Several studies have proven methods using reward based training to have the most reliable effect with behavior adjustment by crating a working relationship with a foundation of trust between dog and handler. Fostering a positive association with situations and building confidence in a reactive, fearful or aggressive dog results in a pet that will be calmer, and more reliable in public settings. 

$200/ 1 1/2 hr Initial Evaluation/Consultation with additional hour billed at $150/ 1hr. 

 
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Satisfied Customers

 

Such attentive and caring professionals who have extremely effective training for both the two legged and four legged people they assist in creating homes with harmony for all their customers. Would & will absolutely recommend them to any and everyone!
— Dana B.
Want to create a real friendship with your dog? “Friends for Life,” Natalie and Jenn, will give you the knowledge and skills to teach you and your dog basic skills. You will learn how dogs think and feel and their learning patterns and tolerances. You will learn ways to successfully motivate your dog. We enjoyed each class and became much more competent dog owners and protectors for our sweet dog.
— J Brashear
Friends for Life kept our little family together when we introduced our spoiled Boston Terriers to our new baby. They ended up best friends!
— Randall A.
We love Natalie and Jennifer. Our little Brittany wouldn’t be the same loving friend she is without their nurturing and focus. Training people to treat dog-family members as well as our canine family members how to treat us people family members.
— Roisin L.
Thanks to Natalie’s guidance, my rescue terrier mix and I communicate pretty darn well. I no longer use electric collar or forceful training I learned years ago. Now she is helping me with my tiny beagle puppy. she has given me the gift of being patient and constantly improving my consistency in sending messages to my puppy.
— Pam Warren with Abby Sue and Arfer Evergreen, CO
 
 

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CONTACT US

 

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have. We are here to help you achieve your goals with your family pet. Providing positive dog training in Colorado, to those who would like a more holistic approach to training. We also offer hands on support, email communication and a Facebook Page full of Force Free methods to help you train your best friend. The use of Positive dog training for behavior modification for all situations, breeds, ages and sizes of dogs is extremely effective and we would love to show you how. We offer positive dog training in Evergreen, Conifer, Pine, Bailey, Ken Caryl, Littleton, and Morrison. We will be in touch as soon as we hear from you.