We have fun, force-free solutions to behavioral issues. Early training prevents future problems.
Gracie the border collie trims her own nails
Gracie hates to have her claws trimmed, so I trained her to use a scratch pad. This video shows how we got started. I wrote an article about it for TheDogs.
Does your dog bark and lunge at every dog it sees? Is he always pulling on the leash? Graceful Canine can help you have a relaxing walk with your dog.
If you’re getting a puppy, it’s never too early to start socializing. Puppies are curious and unafraid until approximately 16 weeks. Expose them to people, sounds, rainy weather, car ride. Teach him to be comfortable alone in your home, and the right way to play with other dogs. At 17 weeks they enter a fear period where exposure to new things can have a lasting effect. With proper, early exposure you can set up your puppy for a great life.
At Graceful Canine I use only positive reinforcement, including treats, toys and praise. Positive training produces the best results, results that will last a lifetime, without future bad consequences.
Urban Manners: A simple command like Come can save your dog’s life, if he’s running towards a busy street. The Leave it Command will keep him from picking up dangerous items on the sidewalk. Loose-leash walking saves you from years of being pulled along behind your dog.
Clicker Training: Clicker training is a very effective tool that anyone can do. The new clickers are easy to use, and with a little practice you can incorporate them into your daily routine.
Learn body language and dog park safety: Protect your dog, yourself and your children by learning how to read the very clear signals dogs give when they’re feeling nervous. Most dogs warn us in many ways before they bite, or before they get into a fight at the dog park. If we know how to read those signals we can step in way before things get dangerous. Prevention is so easy, I’d love to help you learn to read the body language of dogs.
Dog parks can be fun, but they can also be dangerous. When you know how to read other dogs’ body language you can see trouble coming before anything happens. You can interrupt play before it turns into a fight. I can show you how.