There are many ways to train dogs to do things (and to not do things), but which methods we
choose can have a big effect on a dog’s overall outlook and demeanor. We find that motivating
dogs by rewarding them for behaviors we want and providing consequences for those we don’t
want gives each dog the best chance at success. Consequences and rewards are relevant to the dog, of course, so our process varies with each dog’s specific needs.
We do not limit ourselves to one set of tools and use the full learning paradigm to train dogs. We use food, toys, prong collars, electronic collars, and anything else that a dog may find motivating. The most important aspect of integrating various tools into training is remaining fair and consistent.
The process of teaching a dog new behaviors and eliminating old ones, especially those that have been going on for a while, takes time. We pride ourselves on the process of creating lasting solutions that transfer well to the owner and always being available for follow up questions and lessons.
It's all about the Process.
Interested in signing up for one of our training programs? Fill out our training intake form and you'll be contacted by a trainer to get the ball rolling!
Amanda has been formally training dogs since 2015 but has worked with them professionally for over 10 years.
Amanda is a graduate from the world-renowned Michael Ellis School for Dog Trainers in 2015. She is an AKC Certified CGC, Puppy STAR, and CCGC evaluator. Amanda is also a certified Trick Dog Evaluator through the AKC sanctioned Do More With Your Dog program. She most recently completed a shadow program with trainer Tyler Muto of K9 connection in Buffalo, NY.
"As a dog trainer you are never done learning. I am always looking for ways to get smarter
Board and Train
Benefits of Board and Train:
Faster, reliable results. When a dog spends hours a day with a trainer it means excellent repetitions each time. We can take new behaviors from learning stages to fluency much faster than a typical owner.
Immersive training environment. Board and train dogs spend a lot of time working directly on skills and new behaviors. The time they spend outside of these direct one-on-one lessons is just as important, however, as the way their days are structured promotes all the skills we are building. The ability to be around other dogs, new environments and work with new people are all benefits of the program.
Reset! The opportunity to be re-introduced back into their home environment with a new set of skills and game plan for everyone.
Long term relationship with your trainer. We want you to enjoy the benefits of training for the lifetime of your dog.
Board and Train programs run Monday-Friday with send-home lessons on Fridays. Dogs spend the weekends at home with their families and return on Mondays until their program is finished. The weekends at home are optional and we are happy to board our training dogs in our boarding facility over the weekends if they don't go home. `
3 Week Board and Train
What's included: 1 Mini Educator Ecollar ($150 value). 5 private lessons ($325 value).
Our most popular training program!
These are common behaviors we address in our 3 week program. Each board and train is different and built around the needs of the dog and their owner. Any potential board and train dogs will first complete a free trial day of daycare/day train and/or a private lesson to further lay out plans for their stay.
Dogs enrolled in our board and train program spend the majority of the day in our training center but also get social time with other dogs in the daycare. They spend the night at our boarding facility which is staffed 24/7.
Your dog's success after the program relies heavily on how well you are able to follow through and adhere to behavior plans. Dogs are not "fixed" after a board and train and owners should expect to be involved in the process. Graduates of our 3 week program receive 2 free follow-up lessons to be used anytime. Lessons can be at our facility, off-site or in your home (mileage fee applies to anything over 15 mile radius).
2 Weeks To Off-Leash Board and Train
Includes: 1 Mini Educator Ecollar ($150 value). 3 private lessons ($195 value).
Give your dog the gift of ultimate freedom with off-leash reliability! Dogs in this program will spend time perfecting their recall and proofing it with the use of an electronic collar. The first week is spent revisiting the basics of recall and building our dogs up for success! The second week is spent out on field trips working in local parks to make sure they are fluent and ready for their off-leash "wings."
The two-week off leash program is designed for relatively stable dogs without any major behavioral issues such as human/dog aggression, reactivity or severe shyness. Dogs must be at least 6 months old. Dogs between ages 6-8 months will be accepted on a conditional basis.
Occasionally certain dogs require us to slow down the program and break it into smaller steps. We don't rush the process or push dogs beyond certain stress thresholds to meet a deadline. Any dog we don't feel is fully off-leash ready at the end of two weeks will get free follow up day trains, lessons or more time in the board and train depending on owner preference.
Availability: M-F, reservations required
Day training is additional training for dogs who are enrolled in regular private lessons, have completed board and train programs with us or Rookie Camp. It's a great option for dogs to get extra practice with our trainers and build on skills more quickly than they would with only private lessons.
Day training operates out of our daycare setting so dogs are able to be dropped off between 6-10am and picked up anytime before 7:30pm. The training portion of their day is generally over by 3:30pm and anything after that is rest and/or social time with the other dogs.
Day training is supplementary! Skills your dog learns at day train won't necessarily transfer home if you don't know how to solicit and reinforce them. Private lessons are the key to putting everything together nicely.
Availability: Weekly or bi-weekly depending on schedules and availability.
Private lessons are geared towards owners interested in doing more of the training themselves. Lessons are 1 hour long and packed with customized content for each individual owner and their dog.
Our trainers will be as hands on with the dog as needed but the real goal is for owners to leave each lesson with new skills to practice at home. Learning new behaviors requires a lot of repetition and consistency so owner follow-through between lessons is the key to success!
Private lessons are best suited for dogs with reasonably steady temperaments.
If you aren't sure what is best for your dog, a private lesson is a good place to star!
Common skills worked on in private lessons
Leash skills, heeling.
Basic obedience such as sit, down, stay, place, coming when called.
Troubleshooting common behavior problems such as jumping, counter-surfing, barking.
Social skillls with other dogs
Availability: M-F, reservations required.
Cost: $50/day. Buy 5 visits and get a 6th free ($250).
Calling all puppy parents! Rookie camp is our play and learn daycare program for puppies eight weeks to six months. The Rookie Camp program focuses on developing healthy socialization and play skills at a critical time in a dog’s development. In addition to playtime, puppies receive several mini training sessions during their day to practice basic obedience, impulse control, crate training and housebreaking. Each day is unique and customized for each puppy’s specific needs and abilities. Space is limited to 2 puppies per day. Reservations required.
Benefits of Rookie Camp vs. regular Daycare
- Appropriate and guided play development! Every interaction your young puppy has with another dog influences their approach to dogs moving forward. Are dog greetings high energy, based on wrestling and adrenalized play? Are dog greetings scary and risky? Using dogs within our daycare we can match your puppy with the right dogs to help them learn the ropes of dog world.
- Lots of time spent with a trainer! Working on coming when called, reinforcing basic obedience, practicing impulse control and getting walks around town during a time when your puppy is most able to be influenced. Socialization is about safe exposure and making adjustments according to each puppy's needs.
Rookie Camp is supplementary training and owners get the most benefit when also participating in private lessons! Skills your dog learns in Rookie Camp won't transfer home as well without you learning how to solicit them.
Saturday Morning Drop-in Class
When: 10am most Saturdays. Check schedule to confirm
Where: Process Canine Training Center. 3700 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120
**Class limited to 8 dogs per class. Sign up in advance or check before coming to make sure there is space. When the weather is nice we may have more room since we can work outdoors.
When: 10am on most Saturdays. Check schedule to confirm.
Where: Process Canine Training Center. 3700 Lee Rd., Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Drop-in class is for dogs who have graduated from our board and train or private lesson programs. Prior approval is required before entering class to make sure this is the right fit for your dog’s skill level.
Drop-in class is a great way to proof existing training around a variety of distractions in a safe, structured environment. When the weather is nice we will take a short pack walk to start the class. Each class is similar but we will change up the exercises to keep things fun and challenging. The focus is on strengthening current behaviors more than learning new ones though.
Drop-in class is an awesome way to keep up with your training and get extra work in with the trainers. It is not for dog play and you should come prepared to work your dog. Please see class rules for more information.