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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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 Packages
The Life of the Dog training package is just that! Training and support for the Training Life of your Dog*! Our goal is to help you and your dog become friends for life!
This amazing package includes 12 private in home sessions each an hour long. These lessons will cover basic manners, obedience and basic problem solving.
After those 12 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 : 4GB SD Card with Our Training Book: You’re Awesome! You are Training your dog! , 8Ft. Leather Leash, 15Ft. Nylon Rope Leash, Freedom No Pull Harness, Treat Pouch and Clicker
$1800/12 Sessions and Virtual Training Support for the Training Life of your Dog**
** Up to age 5 yrs. (a natural “training” age of dog)
***Consultations are Free with purchase of a training package
Need help paying for lessons?
We accept payment plans through PayPal, please ask us for details.
Wee Puppy Starter Lessons - Age Puppies 10 weeks to 4 mo. ( 3 Half Hour Private Lessons ) Price- $225
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. ( 3 Half Hour Private Lessons ) Price- $225
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 - Puppies ages 6mo-1 year ( 4 One Hour Sessions ) Price- $500
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 $1100
Need help paying for lessons? We accept payment plans through PayPal, please ask us for details.
Adult Dog Obedience
YOung Adult - Dog ages 1yr-2 1/2 ( 4 one hour sessions ) Price- $500
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 (6 One Hour sessions ) Price- $750
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 - $750
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
Ultimate Dog OBEDIENCE Training all in one Price
Includes: all the above obedience packages, Virtual training support for the “Life of the dog”, and our dog training equipment bundle for $2100
Need help paying for lessons? We accept payment plans through PayPal, please ask us for details.
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. Leather Leash, 15 ft. Nylon Rope Leash, Treat Pouch, Clicker, 4gb Flash Drive with our book - You’re Awesome! You are training your dog! Price $ TBD
Behavior Evaluation : 45 min $75, or 1 1/2 hour $150
Random crazy behaviors.. go ahead and surprise us: price $ TBD ( One billion dollars? )
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 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.
$250/ 1 1/2 hr Initial Evaluation/Consultation with additional hours billed at $170/ 1hr.
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.