DOG TRAINING SERVICES

Knick Knack Patty Whack Dog Services Offers
BASIC DOG TRAINING AND TOPIC-SPECIFIC INFORMATION CLASSES!
I am often saddened by the many individuals who feel they have to give up their beloved pets. While its true that many people are unable to keep their dogs due to a move, it seems that many others are unable to keep their pets due to behavioral problems, or a fear of potential behavioral problems, such as when a baby is on the way. This is the same reason why a staggering number of healthy pets end up in shelters, of which more than 67% (9.6 million) are euthanized annually in the U.S.

The truth of the matter is that there is often an easy fix to most behavioral problems. Believe it or not, a vast number of dogs with these problems are dogs who have never learned basic training. It is not the actual command that makes such a difference. It is the teaching that is so important. When you teach your dog basic commands, he realizes that actual communication between the two of you is possible. Once this realization is made, it is much easier for you to communicate to him what you expect of him. In other words, your dog will begin to understand what is and is not appropriate behavior. And you will learn how to relay this information to him in an appropriate way.

If you are willing to learn how to communicate with your dog, I can teach you how.  I am a professional dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement methods of training and communication.  My certification classes and my experience have taught me that it is not necessary to "dominate" your dog, simply because you can.  Much more effective results are produced when you actually change your dog's desires and make him WANT to offer the behavior you require.  This is the basis of the positive-reinforcement method.

***Are you a Shelter, Rescue, or Veterinarian's office?  
Contact us for special programming at discounted rates just for you!***


GROUP CLASSES
(We do not currently offer group classes)


IN-HOME TRAINING
For Shelby County Residents
$65 Initial Visit
$50 for Each Follow-up Visit
(If outside of Shelby County, contact me for pricing)

If a group class is not for you, or if your dog is not suited for a group class setting, no worries!  Knick Knack Patty Whack offers individualized, in-home training.  Training sessions are affordable, and take place in your home.  In-home training is ideal for dogs who do not socialize well with others, for individuals with a busy schedule, and for dogs in need of various types of behavioral modification.  In-home sessions typically last one hour.  The rate depends upon your location.   


SPECIALTY CLASSES
In addition to basic obedience and behavior modification classes, Knick Knack Patty Whack offers various specialty classes.  Please contact us for dates and times of upcoming specialty classes.

POISON PREVENTION Class < $30 >
Do you know how many dogs are poisoned in the United States every year, whether accidentally or intentionally?  Do you know what hidden dangers you may have in your back yard?  Do you know what to do if you think your dog has been poisoned, as well as what warning signs to look for?  How could you prevent your dog from eating something that is potentially life-threatening?  In this very informative hour-long class, you will learn all this and more! 

BE AN EFFECTIVE PACK LEADER Class < $30 >
Have you ever wondered we now hear about so many dogs having who have behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, fear aggression, and destructive behaviors - problems that we never heard our parents and grandparents complain about?  In this hour-long class, you'll learn how to prevent and begin to correct these behaviors in your canine companions.  You'll also learn the basics of canine communication, so you can understand when your dog is trying to communicate with you.  

CANINE FIRST AID Class < $40 >
If your pet were to sustain a sudden injury, would you know what to do?  In emergency situations, mere seconds can mean the difference between life and death.  Hopefully, you will never need to use the knowledge that you will gain from this 2-hour class, but should an emergency situation arise, you'll be comforted knowing that you've learned the techniques often required to save your dog's life. 

CANINE NUTRITION Class < $40 >
Did you know that the most expensive dog food is not necessarily the best?  With the elevation in pet food recalls in the last decade, how do you know what you're feeding your beloved canine companion is safe?  Do you know how to read pet food labels and what words like "meal" really mean?  Have you ever thought about homemade diets or combination diets for your dogs?  In this 2 hour-long class, you'll learn how to pick a healthy, nutritionally-complete pet food, what you should never introduce into your dog's diet, whether cooking for your dogs is right for you, as well as money and time-saving tips.   

RAISING A HAPPY PUPPY < $30 >
So, you have a new puppy, or you're thinking about bringing a new puppy into your home.  Just like bringing home a human baby, you want to make sure you do everything just right. How do you decide where to get your new puppy?  Once you get your new puppy, how can you be sure you raise a healthy, well-balanced dog?  How do you potty train?  Is crate training for you?  In this hour-long class, you'll learn everything you need to know about puppies, including where to get them, where not to get them, and how to raise a good one.