The one-on-one training programs are comprehensive and for the lifetime of the dog. As long as you own your dog you can train with us! We believe training is never finished and every dog/owner has the potential to be extraordinary. Don’t ever settle for good enough, when extraordinary is within your reach.
These comprehensive training programs are designed to take your dog from where they are to how you’ve always envisioned life with your dog. Our one on one sessions are designed to give you all the tools and show you how to effectively communicate with your pup!
These programs also come with a lesson curriculum which contains videos as well as written notes for each component of the lessons.
Note: A demo session must be completed before starting any of our programs. This is a free one-hour consultation with a Charlo Trainer to give you more insight to who we are as trainers, learn more about our training and programs, and discuss your dogs behaviors. This can be booked under “schedule now."
Below is a rough outline of what will be introduced each week, every dog and handler are different and progress at different levels. Dog Training is not a one size fits all and will be tailored to each dog and situation.
A series of one-on-one lessons done in person in the comfort of your own home. Lessons are scheduled about once a week for one hour in your home. This program takes most dog/owners about 4-6 private sessions before we can clear you for group classes. However, every dog/owner is different and some may require additional sessions. There is no additional charge for added lessons, as long as the owner is doing the homework each and every week.
The Launch dog training program is our Two week board-and-train program. This is an immersive training environment, and the fastest way for your dog to learn the desired behaviors. Dogs in our Launch dog training program do not stay in a facility, but in one of our trainers homes. Since most problems are in a home environment, it simply makes sense to train in one. This is also a critical reason why we will not accept any dog into the Launch program without meeting them first. As we have many dogs under our care at any given time, we will not take aggressive/reactive animals into this program for safety reasons.
During their board and train, Launch dogs will attend group classes, lessons, demo sessions, and join us on outings such as park trips, shopping center expeditions, and even running basic errands to work on car manners. When Launch dogs are ready to go home, most can walk off leash in their neighborhood, they have learned all of the basic obedience commands, sit/stays, down/stay, place as well as all other commands listed on our website. We want to build happy confident dogs, and this is done by setting clear boundaries and expectations for them.
Once the dogs have finished this dog training program, we do a go-home lesson in your home. In this lesson, we cover everything the dog has learned in their dog training program and help transfer these commands from us to the owner. Then there is a follow up lesson 1-2 days later to make sure everything is going well in home and then we do an out and about lesson about one week later. After all is done, we clear you for group classes.
When your dog comes home, you will gain access to all of our video curriculum as well as all of the lesson notes to review and continue training with your dog. You will also receive a generic go home letter containing what most dogs struggle with as well as personal issues your dog may have been dealing with before their stay with us.
Below is a timeline of what a Launch dog will learn over their 2 week stay:
Day 1: Meet and greet other dogs training, getting used to where they’ll be staying, crate, and very basic training with luring.
Day 2: In the first few days, we teach the dogs how to respond to the variety of tools we use for training, proper treat delivery, leash work, and building drive. While introducing commands such as recall, sit/down.
Days 3-7: We will build on all of these commands and build an “implied stay”. We work more heavily upon the 3 D’s of Dog Training, (distance, duration, distraction), Place work, Heel position and moving heel.
Days 7-10: Extensive training on the dogs walk, ensuring they understand the heel position and begin adding in more distractions to enhance their training. This is also the point where they begin working on out and about skills and where we will begin teaching them how to behave in public environments.
Days 10-14: The last few days is all about taking the dogs out and about to dog friendly locations. We want the dogs to be able to perform in high distraction environments so they can go anywhere with their owners. They will attend group classes, training lessons, and demos with us at this point in the program.
With this program, it’s important you as a handler know how to keep up with the training your dog knows. This is why we do multiple follow up lessons to ensure owners feel comfortable working with their dogs. It is also important to note, this is just a starting point (launch) in your training journey. Your dog will never be “done” and there is alway more to do. If you follow through and continue pushing you will see your training break through to the next level.
This means that your dog has completed a series of one on one dog training lessons, launch board and train program, or puppy training project. We do not offer group training before completing one of the programs to ensure all the dogs have a good foundation before throwing them into a high distraction environment. Group classes are designed to take your dogs training to the next level, with guaranteed dog distractions. Classes are held in a variety of dog friendly locations such as Bridgeport Village, Stella Olson Park, Washington Square Mall, Mary S Young Park and more. We also offer therapy dog prep classes for preparation of taking the certification test. Group training is a great way to keep up with your pups training and all classes are included in your membership.
Group class attendance is linked through Facebook below. Once you find the class you want to attend, please select “buy ticket” which will link you through Eventbrite, to reserve your spot for class. This is so we have an idea of who will be there; so for those classes that move (like hiking), we won’t start without you! Tickets are for your dog, not for you. (ie. if you have one dog, please only select one ticket).
We are currently partnering with Homeward Hound and highly recommend them for your doggie daycare/ grooming needs. Their facility is located in West Linn right off of I-205 and is a great way to get your pet socialized and tire them out physically while you are at work.
Homeward Hound is a doggie daycare, as well as a grooming facility. Their goal is to ensure your pet has a safe, clear and comfortable environment to play and enjoy a day with their friends. All of their staff is well equipped to provide your dog with the best experience possible.
Visit Homeward Hound’s website.
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The puppy training program is a unique program which allows people to still have a young puppy, but not having to go through all of the tough puppy training. We do this program to help families set their dog up for success and create happy, obedient dogs from the very beginning. We understand that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention. This program ensures your puppy is well socialized and comes home with an amazing start to their life.
The Puppy training Program is an extensive board and train program that lasts 10-12 weeks. Puppies start training with us at 8 weeks old and return to their forever homes at 18-20 weeks old. With this program the client has the option to have us help them pick out their puppy, we can pick their puppy for them or they can simply bring us their pup somewhere between 8 and 10 weeks old.
The things covered in this program include, puppy crate training, puppy potty training, puppy socialization, puppy biting and jumping, and will include all of the obedience commands used in our training programs. The puppy will also come home knowing a loose leash walk as well as off-leash manners. Even though they are capable of walking off leash, we always encourage families with a newly-trained puppy to use a leash. It’s only after you have built the relationship with the solid walk that you should attempt the off-leash portion.
We do travel for our puppies that go through this program. We have clients across the country, from Washington to Kentucky to North and South Carolina. Traveling puppies for this program go through a slightly different process especially in puppy selection. We will typically pick the puppy for the client and then offer skype training sessions to give the family the opportunity to see their puppy. Once the puppy is ready to go home, their lead trainer for that puppy will travel with the dog to their forever home. This trip will include three days of intensive training to ensure the information has transferred to the new owners. (Travel costs are NOT included in the price and vary by location)
Outline of what training looks like with a young puppy:
If you are interested in enrollment for a pup you have or are getting soon, please call for additional information. Space is limited for this program.
We are glad to offer both Therapy Dog Training Certification, as well as Service Dog Training. While both of these titles offer incredible opportunity for both the dog and handler, it’s important to know the difference between the three different classifications of assistance animals. In the spirit of education we offer the following information on the difference between the classifications of working animals.
Therapy / ESA / Service
Therapy Dogs have been through specialized training, have received a certificate based on performance, and are able to visit hospitals, schools, retirement homes, etc. to provide relief and comfort to other people. Affectionate contact with a dog will release Oxytocin into the bloodstream, and among many other things, it will temporarily boost the body’s ability to recover from illness/conditions. Therapy animals are afforded no rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are not protected under law to enter any building or transit situation.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are dogs who provide comfort by their presence to their owner and require no special training. The only thing required to claim an animal as an ESA is a letter from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist claiming the animal is necessary to as an ESA to reduce unusual stress or anxiety. Under the ADA, ESA’s are allowed to stay with their owner regardless of the living situation (ie. “no pets” policies) and permitted to board public transit systems (airplanes, trains, busses, etc…). The ADA does not grant permissions for ESA’s to enter public buildings.
Service Dogs are animals who perform a task/tasks for their handler that improve quality of life. Tasks can include (but are not limited to) guide services, medical alert, deep pressure therapy, blocking, anchoring, and picking things up. The training that goes into a service dog is considerable, however, there is no service animal registry. The ADA permits Service Dogs to go anywhere the handler goes so long as the animal’s presence does not pose a nuisance or safety hazard. No specific paperwork is required for access and establishments may not bar access based on a lack of vest/proof. The way the Health Information Portability and Protection Act (HIPPA) interacts with the ADA limits the questions businesses may ask of service animal owners to these two: Is this a service animal? What service does the animal provide?
We currently offer light-medium mobility service dog work (deep pressure therapy, block, picking up things, etc.) but, at this time we do not offer any service dog training for tasks which would be considered “life dependent.”