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.
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.
"Friends for Life" training Package
The Friends for Life training package is training and support for living with your dog! Our goal is to help you and your dog become friends for life!
This amazing package includes 16 private in home sessions each an hour long. These lessons will cover basic manners, obedience and basic problem solving.
After those 16 educating lessons we will continue to be available for virtual 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. Schedule your FREE*** consultation and let's start Training!
This package includes our Dog Training Equipment Bundle : 8Ft. Nylon Rope Leash, 15Ft. Nylon Rope Leash, Freedom No Pull Harness, Treat Pouch, Clicker and 4BG SD Card with Lessons and Articles.
$1800/16 Sessions and Virtual Training Support** and Dog Training Equipment bundle
Please see below for more information.
** Up to 5 years after the 16 lessons are used
***Consultations are Free with purchase of a training package
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Wee Puppy Starter Lessons - Age Puppies 10 weeks to 4 mo. ( 3 Half Hour Private Lessons ) Price- $195
We will help you start your puppy in the right direction, this package covers all in home lessons:
-House Breaking, Toy Play, Introduction to leash and harness, Puppy Push-ups (Sit, Down, Stand), “Place” Cue
Puppy Toddler Package - Puppies ages 4mo- 6mo. ( 4 One Hour Private Lessons ) Price- $500
Time to introduce the world to your toddler… this package covers lessons in the wide open world:
- “Looking for men with hats and Beards” (greeting new strangers) , Loose Leash Walking (with distractions), Recall (Coming when called) in open fenced area, along with Sit, Down, and Place in distracting environments.
Your Teenage Puppy or young adult - Puppies ages 6mo to 2 1/2 years ( 6 One Hour Sessions ) Price- $570
Your teenage puppy is ready for the world, or at least they will be after completing this training package…. this package includes:
- Loose Leash Walking, Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Toy Play, Dog to Dog introductions, Dog To Human Introductions, and Manners
Ultimate Puppy Training All in One Price:
Includes all Puppy Training Packages, and our Dog Training Equipment Bundle - Price $1300 ($140/discount)
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Adult Dog Obedience
YOung Adult - Dog ages 1yr-2 1/2 ( 6 one hour sessions ) Price- $570
Package includes: Introduction to the 5 basic Cues- Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come
Focus with distractions
Loose Leash Walking
2 field trips
Adult Dog Obedience - Dog Ages 2 1/2 and Older (8 One Hour sessions ) Price- $760
All Basic Cues
Loose Leash Walking with distractions
Stay with distractions
Meet and Greet with strangers
4 field trips
Basic Behavior Modification: Jumping on guests, digging, nuisance barking, counter surfing, chewing.
Advanced Adult dog obedience - must complete “ADULT dog Obedience” prior to purchasing this package
( 6 one hour lessons ) Price - $650
Refresher lessons for basic cues
Introduction to Off Leash Heel
Introduction to Off Leash Recall
Proofing all basic cues in new environments
4 field trips
Friends for life Training Package:
Includes: all the above obedience packages (20 private lessons), Virtual training support, and our dog training equipment bundle for $1800 ($355/discount)
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Al La Carte
Loose Leash Walking : 2 one hour private lessons $250
Recall (Come when called) : 3 one hour private lessons $375
Stay ( at the threshold -front door) : 1 hour and a half lesson $175
Potty Training/Housebreaking : 1 hour Lesson $150
Training Equipment Bundle : Freedom No Pull Harness, 8 ft. Nylon Rope Leash, 15 ft. Nylon Rope Leash, Treat Pouch, Clicker and 4Gb SD Card with Lessons and Articles : Price $ 175
Behavior Evaluation : 1 1/2 hour $150 Additional Hours to be billed at $100/hr.
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Aggression and Fear Behavior Modification Services
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.
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 creating 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.
$150/ 1 1/2 hr Initial Evaluation/Consultation with additional hours billed at $100/ 1hr.
why Positive dog training?
I'm Natalie. I started training dogs 19 years ago the way we had all been taught; choke chains, dominance, shock collars. After taking the brunt of a dog fight that was a direct result of those methods, I knew there had to be better way. Dogs were bred to work for us, and I believe that there is no need to force them into obedience.
Positive Training doesn't mean permissive
Positive reinforcement dog training is all about rewarding your dog for offering the correct behaviors. We teach you fun games to play with your dog that result in focus and attention. We use mark and reward methods, so you and your dog will enjoy learning new skills. Manners are paramount for our furry friends, we focus on acceptable behaviors in public, and greeting new people and dogs. Positive training methods have been proven to have lasting results, create stronger relationships and most importantly your dog will enjoy the learning process. We work with the whole family and teach you how to train your dog. We are completely commited to helping you achive the goals you have for your dog.
No Shock, no Prong, no Choke dog training
Friends for Life; Holistic Pet Training does not advocate the use of adverse tools for training. Multiple studies have shown that animals learn faster with lasting results when positive methods are implemented. Dogs are sensitive and very intelligent the use of tools that cause pain, increase stress or fear will slow the learning process and can damage the relationship between you and your dog. This is why we are also members of the Shock Free Coalition, and Project Trade. Project Trade is a program that pays in the form of discounts for training when you trade in your old "Training" tools such as Choke Collars, Shock Collars and Prong Collars.
Positive Training is used effectively in zoos & sanctuaries
Positive training methods using mark and reward to capture behaviors are commonly used for animals in Zoos, and Sanctuaries for the safe handling, medicating and daily care. Non domestic wild animals can be fearful and difficult to maneuver if trainers and keepers did not create a safe learning environment, build trust and have respect for the animals in their care. Our dogs have been selectively bred for generations to have particular traits for human use. Dogs have a special place with us as companions, and protectors. They have helped us hunt, herd and fight in wars. Now they provide us with emotional support, and can be trained to assist the handicap, detect changes in blood sugar levels or when an individual may have a seizure. Dogs are capable of learning complex behaviors, they are willing to learn and enjoy human companionship as a result, forceful methods and painful tools are just not necessary when teaching our family pets.
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.