Private Training

The Joy of a Well Behaved Dog

Chase used to pull on the leash.

Is there anything better than a dog who sits when asked, comes when called, walks politely beside you, actually seems to listen when you speak to her?

Why Teach Basic Manners

It’s amazing that dogs don’t get into more trouble than they do, really. We forget sometimes that dogs are an entirely different species. We forget they can’t actually understand human speech. When you remember that dogs, in addition to being family members, are actually animals, you realize just how much we expect from them when we ask them to live under our roofs according to our human rules. To be fair, it’s up to us to teach them those rules carefully and systematically in a way they can understand.

Whether you’re wrangling a new puppy, an unruly adolescent, or learning that you can teach an old dog new tricks, I can teach you how to get your dog to respond. Is he too aggressive? A little scared? Does she not listen to you? Is this your first dog, or maybe your first dog of this breed? Every dog has his own personality and needs. Classes are OK for getting some of the basics down, but for real dog training that meets your needs and your dog’s needs, one-on-one time is needed and that’s what I do.

Any dog can learn the simple rules of polite society

I have a very high success rate in helping Treasure Coast dog owners with problem behaviors such as not listening, aggression and anxiety. Clients that weren’t able to walk down the street without worrying what might happen if their dog met another dog or a child are able to gain the confidence it takes to go for a simple walk. Fearful, aggressive dogs become more relaxed and pushy dogs learn that the life is far more enjoyable when they cooperate with their owners.

Good behavior and manners are skills that even your dog can learn with practice – and learned much faster with the personal attention of a friendly, experienced behavior consultant and dog trainer. My methods will have your dog happily listening to every command, even around distractions, and you don’t need to be a skilled dog trainer yourself. That’s what I’m for!

Training Two Ways!

I offer two ways to turn your dog into a well-mannered family member: I can teach you how to make a difference in your dog’s behavior, or I can do the training for you.

 Imagine Your Dog:

  • Sitting or lying down when you ask—and staying there
  • Coming when you call—the first time
  • Walking with you instead of dragging you
  • Greeting guests and strangers with a polite sit
  • Leaving that nasty thing on the ground alone
  • Looking at you when you speak to her
  • Generally being a lovely companion to have around
  • It can happen!

I provide convenient and effective private dog training services to families and individuals in Port Saint Lucie, Palm City, Indian River Estates, Fort Pierce, Stuart,  and Jensen Beach

Ready for a well behaved dog?  Call Cathy at 772-284-9011 or email