Training and Behavior Services

Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting has results-oriented options for you, with gentle, effective and convenient solutions.

We’ll discuss your goals and a reasonable time frame for meeting those goals, and then set a schedule for our sessions. Your dog’s individualized training and/or behavior plan will be designed to meet those goals and challenges. You’ll be armed with the tools and information you need, and we’ll work together to make the necessary changes. All local training and behavior modification sessions are taught in your home, using only positive reinforcement, force-free methods.

New Puppy 101/New Dog 101: New puppy and new dog owners have lots of questions! What’s the best way to potty train a new puppy or re-house train a newly adopted dog? How do I discourage chewing? What about crate training? How do I set up my new dog for success? New Puppy/New Dog 101 is a 6 week program of weekly hour-long sessions that includes all the basics; coming when called, walking nicely on leash and not pulling, being calm when meeting friends and family (not jumping up on people) and more! Phone and email follow-up included.

Well-mannered Dog Program: If your dog needs to learn all the basics or just needs a brush up, the  the Well-mannered Dog Program is for you! We’ll work in 6 weekly, hour-long sessions, arranged to fit your schedule. Your dog will learn 8 basic behavior cues designed to give you more control over problem behaviors, and make your dog a better-behaved family member. 

Personalized Training Plans: For more specific training challenges, we’ll develop an 8-week, personalized plan to address your dog’s specific needs, and fit your schedule.

Behavior Modification Plans: If your dog is exhibiting any problem behaviors that might mean a legal liability; such as being shy or fearful, exhibiting Separation Anxiety or Isolation Distress, Dog-Dog aggression, On-leash aggression or Dog-Human aggression, an individual Behavior Modification plan is what you need. All Individual Behavior Modification plans begin with an in-home consultation/behavior assessment, to develop a personalized learning and behavior plan. This program requires an initial commitment of 8 weeks to guide your dog in developing a new behavior pattern, since ingrained, emotional responses or environmental reactions develop over time and take more time to resolve. Another, mid-term assessment will be taken, to gauge your dogs’ progress, so the plan can be adapted as we work together.

Day Training: If your life is just TOO busy to train, let Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting take the lead with a four-week, intensive training plan. Day Training programs begin with an in-home consult to set goals and priorities, and are scheduled either with three weekly visits (two with the dog and one with you) on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, or four visits (three with the dog and one with you) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Let Day Training take your stress and time crunch away!

New Puppy/Dog Selection: If you’re searching for that perfect, new, family companion, we can help there too! We’ll research suitable breeds/adoptable candidates, suggest matches for your family, then conduct temperament testing for the likely candidates, so you’ll make a great choice.

Short Session Training: If you just need to work on one or two challenging behaviors, such as potty training, walking on a leash without pulling, not jumping up on children or visitors, or introducing a new family member to your household, a 2-hour, single session might be all you need. Phone and email follow-up is included.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Training/Star Puppy Training and Testing: Would you like to take your dog with you everywhere, and not be embarrassed by his behavior? Then the AKC Canine Good Citizen or the AKC Star Puppy program is for you. Both programs focus on your dog or puppy building great social skills and becoming comfortable and polite in public settings.CGC CGC and Star Puppy Training and testing is available by appointment. Check out the program at www.akc.org.

Treibball, anyone? If you’re ready to try the latest dog sport to hit the U.S., how about Treibball lessons? Check out the game info and pictures under the Treibball tab. Private coaching is available by appointment, too. Check out www.americantreibballassociation.org for more info and pictures about this great sport.

Phone consultations: If you just have a some questions and need a few tips, a phone consultation may do the trick. 30 minutes or one hour phone consults are available to answer your questions.

Remote consultations: For out-of-area clients, phone and video consultations are also available. Clients complete a behavioral history questionnaire and send a series of still pictures or short videos to document the behavior in question and the situation/context in which the behavior occurs. Consultation package includes: An analysis of the behavior, via video submission, a written assessment, and a step-by-step training protocol, with four 30 minute phone consultations and email follow-up.

Do you have a friend or family member whose dog needs help? Gift certificates are available too. 

Call (240) 780-8408  to set up a consultation, and for current pricing and scheduling availability. 

 

Discounts are available for fosters/adopters of recognized MD/VA rescue groups, active and retired military personnel and senior citizens.