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, Genesee, Golden, Ken Caryl, Littlton, 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 training and group classes
"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
"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.
Hourly lesson rates
$150/hr Private in Home Lesson
Lord Kelvin and Wyatt Twerp
Group Puppy and dog training classes
Our group classes are held at the Evergreen Park and Recreation Wulf Center located in Evergreen Colorado. These classes are held in a large indoor space during cold or wet weather or out on a safe, sunny, green grassy lawn outdoors when weather is beautiful!
We Provide Fun, Play and lots of information for you and your young dog. We want your puppy to be well socialized and knowing their basic 5 commands: Sit, Down, Come, Stay and Loose Leash walking. We continue with education about your puppies changing needs into maturity, support for house breaking and working towards acceptable manners for the family pet. Modern dog training methods that include treat reward, and clicker training basics.
6 Weeks/$120 DR ($138/NDR)
For ages 3 months through 7 months and tiny Breeds 4 months to 9 months.
Basic obedience classes
For the new dog in your home, or dogs who did not get to start with a puppy class. This class is perfect for basic obedience needs and a great foundation for your family pet. We get started with a "Settle" command, and solid Sit, Down, Stay and Come. We will introduce the loose leash heel and get you and your dog working together as a team. We use modern dog training methods such as clicker and treat reward, all positive reinforcement.
6 Weeks/$120 DR ($138/NDR)
For dogs ages 7 months and up or at least finished the Puppy Basics Class.
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 more calm, less reactive and reliable in public settings.
$200/ 1 1/2 hr Initial Evaluation/Consultation with additional hour billed at $150/ 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 training, support, and behavior modification for all situations, breeds, ages and sizes of dogs.