Services

Reasonable rates. Flexible evening & weekend hours. An experienced, degreed, certified behaviorist & trainer.

Need to teach practical obedience skills for home and in public? Want to stop serious, scary or aggravating behavior problems? Carmen LeBlanc, an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer, will help your pet become the enjoyable, trustworthy companion you want.

Training

 

  • Private in-home training:  from comprehensive puppy schooling to advanced adult obedience.
  • Skills your dog may need:  house training, chew training, crate training, front door manners, polite greetings, down stays, reliable recalls (come when called), leash manners/heeling, manners with children, manners with cats and other dogs, quiet training, retrieve, leave it, drop it, relax for baths, grooming and medications.
  • Problems you want gone:  house soiling, excessive barking, jumping up, chewing, digging, play biting & mouthing, counter-surfing, garbage raiding, chasing bicyclists, bothering other pets, and more.
  • Fun dog sports:  Rally Obedience, Competition Obedience, Canine Freestyle, Tricks.
  • Behavior evaluations:  to help you select the best temperament for your new companion, puppies and adults.

NEW – training classes at Dog Days in Vancouver!

For dogs who don’t behave well around other dogs and can’t work in a regular class environment…

  • Reactive Rover 1:  Next class starts in late summer, 2017. Does your dog bark, pull, jump and lunge at other dogs while on-leash? Do you want to take a training class or just enjoy your walks but can’t because of your dog’s behavior? Are you ready for solutions? See link below for more information, and email Carmen for a class registration form. Can’t make this one? New classes start every 6 weeks.
  • Confidence & Control:  Next class starts in June 18, 2017. Is your dog a worry wart or nervous Nellie? Hard to train and sometimes tiring to live with? Distractible, excitable, impulsive, overly friendly or mildly reactive with people and dogs?  Then this is the class for you!
  • http://www.dogdaysnw.com/carmen.html

Choose which training you prefer

Coaching

  • We work together to train your dog.
  • I teach you how, coach you through, and you
    do the daily practice.
  • Ideal for those with time for training and interest in the how-to.

Day training

  • You relax and let the expert train for you.
  • Once I meet your goals, you learn how to maintain and enjoy the results.
  • Ideal for busy people who want faster results and don’t have time for daily practice.

Behavior therapy – for more serious behavior issues

Behavior therapy (a.k.a., behavior rehabilitation or modification) is for problems that go beyond simple training and aren’t resolved by taking an obedience class. Emotion-based problems stemming from aggression, fear and anxiety require greater expertise and education to resolve without harming your pet or owner-pet relationship. Treatment includes obedience training, but behaviorists also use specialized techniques to reduce or eliminate the underlying emotions that trigger the problem. These techniques resolve the issue humanely at its root, rather than temporarily suppressing its outward symptoms through punishment.

Dogs:  all forms of aggression, toward people (adults and children) and other animals, mild to severe. Fears and phobias, separation anxiety, property destruction, running away, not coming when called, house soiling, urine marking, RJM (rowdy, jumpy, mouthy), rough play, biting and nipping, on-leash aggression, touch/handling/grooming sensitivity, compulsive behaviors, mounting and masturbation, predatory chase, excessive barking, geriatric behavior issues.

Cats:  cat fighting, rough play, petting aggression, litter box problems, spraying or urine marking, nocturnal activity, excessive meowing, destructive scratching, separation anxiety, fears and phobias, compulsive disorders, geriatric behavior issues.

See Your Veterinarian First

Changes in behavior can be caused by underlying medical conditions. After your pet has been evaluated by your veterinarian, we’re here to help you find relief and solutions.