A “SweetHeart” of a deal! New for February!
We are offering for the first time ever a class designed just for kids to learn to train their dogs.
Do you have a budding dog trainer? Was a dog purchased for a companion for a specific child in the family?
Starting Friday: February 2nd at 7 pm
Your child and dog/puppy will spend Fridays with our expert staff and the result will be a trained dog and happy child.
Your pup will learn the basics: Attention getting, sit stay, come when called, walk on a loose leash, down stay calming techniques, great games to play with dogs properly, stop jumping, mouthing, and more. Your child will learn how to work as a team with their dog, learn appropriate ways to play and a couple of neat tricks.
The only rule of engagement is that your child can actually handle the dog…once we show them how..i.e 50 pound child….90 pound dog….mmm not the best scenario?
Class size is VERY limited
You MUST call me to enroll!
A “SweetHeart” of a deal! New for February!
Summertime is in full swing…take advantage of our new Basic classes…our basic class offers Attention getting, calming exercises, stop jumping on your guests, sit stay, come when called, leave it, down stay, walking on a loose lead, diet suggestions, and lots lots more.
If group classes may not fit in your schedule we do offer a full 30 day Board and Train package or normal boarding for your vacation plans and for a bit more than our normal board rates we can work on fixing some of those pesky behaviors.
We have class times at 6pm and 8pm
The tuition for our great group classes is $125.00
Class size is limited please give me a call
I have spent over 40 years successfully rehabilitating aggressive or out of control dogs by humane, common sense methods.
Your dog does not need to lose it’s life over unrealistic expectations or lack of training or structure. You can get these dogs under control or “Fix” them so that your household and your canine companion can happily “co-exist”!.
Our “Other Trainer” Jessica has very aptly stated that “In your lifetime you will own a dog that will make you a dog trainer” You may be faced with one of those dogs.
It may be a dog so out of control you have relegated it to the back yard.
It may be a dog that is a menace to anyone strange or otherwise that enters your home.
It may be a dog that does not play well with others.
It may be a dog that has actually bitten someone.
You need professional help getting these dogs back on track..
This training program gives you the tools and the support to successfully get your dog back under control.
It consists of 3 sets of classes Basic (6 weeks) and two Advanced (16 weeks total) and 1 home visit and unlimited phone support.
The cost of this course is $800
I have a limited amount of space for our “NO NO Bad Dogs” so call to reserve your space.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
Do you know that you want a dog that can accompany you as many places as you can take him/her? Do you enjoy the thrill of watching you dog learn a new trick or task? Our new training package may be just what you are looking for!
We are offering our Basic dog training class (6 weeks; 1 hour per week) and adding in our Beyond Basic Dog class (8 weeks, 1 hour per week) a total of 14 weeks of training for $225.00 The normal price is $260.00.Our classes fill quickly and the Beyond Basic clsses have very limited space as they are designed for you to continually spend a fun hour a week with your dog teaching is tasks like finding your cell phone, your car keys, your kids, etc.
This is a way to insure that you will have space in one of our most popular class offerings!
Please call me to reserve your space!
Go Forth and Train!
Marj the Dog Trainer
We offer traditional beginning classes for your adult dog or puppy at our custom training facility in Tulsa, at 51st and Memorial!
In a traditional training class, your dog learns to work and learn around strange people and dogs in new environments, you get to network with other dog owners in a fun and relaxing family environment!
Our beginning class covers:
- Sit Stay and Down Stay
- Recall (coming when called)
- Heeling on a Loose Lead
- Leave it
- Proper greeting behavior
- addressing any aggression, anxiety, or problem behaviors
- crate and potty training
Classes are 6 weeks long, for one hour once a week. When you become a student with us, you also receive unlimited phone support outside of class.
Our classes have a maximum of 12 people and fill quickly, so please call 918-504-1764 today to reserve your spot!
Are you in the market for a new dog, but overwhelmed by the options available to you?
Do you want to rescue a dog, but want to get one that doesn’t have a lot of scary baggage?
The best way to get a great dog is to start out with the right dog for you!
We use our countless hours of experience and in-depth knowledge to help you find the right dog for you and your family! It’s so easy to be mismatched with a dog – one that wants to kill your cat, or knock over your toddler, or drag you down the street and growl at you, and frequently rescues and breeders do not match dogs properly to their people.
We will help you assess rescue dogs for your family using our service dog temperament test if you are looking for a steady, bombproof dog, or we will put you in contact with a real, reputable breeder with a breed that matches your lifestyle using our nationwide trainer’s network!
The results are astounding!
Testament of this service’s worth from a mother in Austin, Texas:
I just wanted to let you know that we are so indebted to you for helping Nala/Kachina find her way to us.
I’ve been keeping her on a leash attached to me every day I work at home and letting the cat have his freedom to come/go. Because of that they have met noses multiple times with no incident.
Today I left her off leash after our walk on my lunch hour and she fell fast asleep behind the couch. The cat was asleep on the couch and woke up and stood up as if to say: “What is that noise?!” because she was snoring
This evening she was sleeping on her bed and he (the cat) is (for the first time since she arrived) asleep in his favorite spot on the couch. I think they’re finally accepting each other.
My daughter adores her, and she adores my daughter. When it’s just me at home working she is content to sleep at my feet. When she has to be in her crate, she doesn’t complain a bit.
Thank you so very much. If I had been able to create a perfect dog for our family, it would be her. I can’t thank you enough.”
Kachina was pulled from the Sapulpa Animal Shelter with support from Sapulpa Furry Friends, assessed using our service dog assessment metric, vetted, started on her training, and transported to Austin to be with her family.
Sadie is a two year old German Shepherd tested and pulled from German Shepherd Rescue in Tulsa. She bonded very quickly with her young man, and has proven to be a deliberate, thoughtful, and gentle dog.
From David’s mother:
“I am Susan Pink, a single mom of three and David is my oldest. At the age of 4 we realized David was special. After many doctors and different medications, David was officially diagnosed at the age of 9 with Autism. As he gets older, his level of severity is increasing. David suffers from anxiety and has difficulty being in the public, attending school, or even functioning with extended family. The dog can remind him to take his medicine, calm David down during high anxiety times, but above all, the dog will be able to alert me or a family member if something is wrong with David. I have been informed by Davids Psychologist that David will live with me or in a group home for the rest of his life. The service dog will be used to make significant lifestyle changes for my son.”
We offer a 30 day program that will give your dog or puppy the following basic skills tailored to your dog and your family situation:
- Crate training
- Stop out of control barking
- Paying attention on command
- Walking on a loose leash
- No mugging of children or guests
- Coming when called
- Aggression problems both with people and dogs (strange dogs and dogs in your home)
- Resolving door bolting
- Building confidence in fearful dogs
- Impulse Control
- Sit and Down Stay
Depending on your dog, most problems can be resolved in 30 days some may take longer; it is sometimes impossible to correct many months or years of misbehavior in just 30 days. We train your dogs gradually with balanced training methods. Dogs in our board and train program live in the home, not in a kennel facility, learning how to be a good citizen in a real-life environment. We focus on teaching your dog/puppy to be “calm”. If you want a calm dog you have to be “calm” in the way you handle your dog. Over-petting, over exercising, continually keeping your dog “up” never results in the dog you want. You can depend on our many years of experience with 1,000’s of dogs successfully trained to help you have a dog you can truly enjoy and make part of your family.
Our board and train program comes with our traditional beginning class for free – with our program and when you take the class after the dog is returned from training, we guarantee our training.
Is your dog a good dog? Have you already taken training someplace but want to do more with your dog? Do you like learning things with your dog and having fun? Does your dog desperately need a job but you’re not quite sure what to do?
Our advanced classes are ongoing and we have a large number of students that return consistently year after year because they love having fun with their dog! Our board and train, semi private, and traditional beginning classes all prepare your dog for this program!
In our advanced classes, you can explore dog agility, urban herding, retriever training for fun, canine nosework and tracking, tricks training, therapy dog work – you can even learn how to train your personal dog to do service dog tasks for fun!
For those interested in competing with their dog, we also teach rally obedience and traditional obedience skills for fun and competition.
This training is a program for lifelong learning that helps you facilitate a richer life with your dog.
We believe that all dogs have a desire to work and accomplish something with their lives, just as people do. This means that amazing things can be accomplished when you and your dog work as a team!
This is a safe, controlled environment, and a wonderful alternative to running twelve miles a day with your dog or risking going to the dog park.
Learning Directions for Urban Herding
Class times are Mondays at 7pm, Tuesdays at 6PM and 8PM, and Saturdays at 12PM
Classes are kept small, enrollment is ongoing, and spaces are limited because our long time students continue enrollment, but please call 918-504-1764 to inquire!
Note: We do accept students who have taken beginning classes at another institution into this program directly upon assessment of your dog’s skill level. We do not make you repeat our beginning class if you don’t need it.
We get a LOT of calls about service dogs.
A LOT. As in, upwards of twenty a day.
So, why aren’t we full up to the brim with people, and a waiting list ten miles long?
Because 99% of the people inquiring about service dogs don’t know what it takes to produce one, maintain one, and own one.
This is the heavy hitter. It’s not readily apparent, but a service dog is life-changing. Some of those changes are extremely positive, as the dog does its tasks, and life saving in some instances. Some are just changes, that can be uncomfortable – public attention when you’re travelling anywhere with your service dog, Having to house and feed a dog. Having to maintain its training – which includes sometimes radical reassessments of life philosophy as well as some pretty significant lifestyle changes. If you don’t commit to these things, then you end up with a very expensive pet.
There’s also a huge commitment on the part of the service dog organization – when you contact us about a service dog and say that you are going to commit to one, immediately we begin networking to find the right dog for you, juggling logistics to figure out which trainer can take the dog, fosters for the dog, a training plan for the dog, how to raise immediate funds to secure this dog for you, working with rescues, individuals, shelters out of state, trainers out of state, establishing alliances with breeders and professionals across thousands of miles to get you your dog – basically there is a massive upheaval of effort initially to work towards your dog, even before you ever see it. This process requires thousands of man-hours and quite a bit of money to even begin.
Speaking of which, there is a huge time commitment. Not only do our trainers field thousands of hours of inquiry calls, plus the time to find, vet, obtain, and place in a foster a dog, there’s the time of training. A reputable trainer working full time as a trainer (and our SD trainers work part-time out of financial necessity) takes about three weeks per task to establish that task in the dog’s learning repetoire, and then another month or two proofing that task in all environments (though proofing usually cycles through all tasks).
This is somewhat variable – for example, a hearing dog alerting on a weather radio, cell phone, and home phone will take three weeks for the first, two weeks for the second, and a week for the last because those tasks are very similar – but they are still seperate tasks. When you’re talking about very difficult tasks that a dog doesn’t have a lot of innate skill in – force fetch for example – it can take a month to truly establish that skill on the dog in any meaningful and useful way. Some dogs also pick things up faster than others, or slower, depending on their personality and background.
In addition to that is proofing the dog’s temperament and obedience, which must be absolutely stellar. It can take up to a year on a young untrained dog to have their obedience truly rock-solid and their public access smooth. Our organization manages to expedite this by preferentially choosing dogs that are mature (or close to it) so that we don’t have to start them as puppies (another year if we start with a puppy), but that also means we must fix any minimal hangups that they come with.
Training doesn’t stop after the service dog comes home. This is the part that’s very difficult for some – a service dog is a working dog. They aren’t a pet – that means they don’t get to do whatever they want, dig holes in the yard, pee on the side of the couch, and play fetch with abandon – they have a job to do. This means they must be treated differently than a pet – as in no affection from strangers or even people outside of the service dog’s person, strict discipline in terms of completing tasks (the dog cannot decide it doesn’t want to work one day), which can include corrections, something that a lot of people cannot stand to do to any dog. A service dog cannot be allowed to mess up, people’s lives and livelihoods ride on those dogs.
In fact, a bad service dog is in a lot of ways more than just a very expensive pet, they’re a direct threat and liability to their service dog candidate – and sometimes they are downright dangerous.
It is guaranteed that if training and discipline is not maintained on a service dog, they will eventually quit working for you at best, and become a liability to you at worst. The training isn’t difficult to maintain, but it is challenging because you have to take an active, strong position with your service dog, and learn to handle dogs very well. Just like any professional animal handler like a military working dog handler or police dog handler, you rely on your dog to work well and must learn and enforce that training throughout the dog’s lifetime. You must become a professional service doghandler.
It takes resources to be able to afford to turn out service dogs. Whether those resources are from donations or from service dog candidates, to be able to continue doing this, it does cost. None of the service dog trainers I know are independently wealthy enough to be able to train these dogs and give them out for free – trust me, we would if we could. Often, to be able to serve more people, service dog trainers try to work full time at this or are able to work part time only, thus putting all of their resources into dog training. Those (like me) that work full time often put all funds received back into training more dogs.
That being said, there are a lot of predatory organizations out there who will take a lot of money from you, and not offer you the time, training, and commitment that a reputable organization will. All of these things covary together – the more time, the more training, the more commitment, the more money. If there’s an imbalance in that equation, WATCH OUT.
And it costs just as much, if not more, to self-train a service dog, though many people choose to do that. The turnaround rate on a self-trained dog is a lot longer simply because self-trainers are by and large not as experienced. There are a lot of bumps in the road that you may have to go back and find professional help to deal with, and if the training of a service dog is incomplete or insufficient, they again become an expensive pet or a direct liability.
So. Before you decide that a service dog is for you, understand that these are the things you will have to be onboard with, heart and soul. It’s a journey that you will never forget, and the dog that you produce will be there working with you, living for you, and always be an asset and a friend. But it doesn’t happen through magic, and service dog organizations rely on your commitment and effort to make this work.
For a really good memoir about a young man’s experience with his guide dog, please read “Through Gilly’s Eyes”. It’s honest, fair, and open about the growth and journey of first having a service dog obtained through a traditional guide dog program.