Love Your Dog,
Your situation is unique; your training plan will be, too! Specializing in separation anxiety and fear or anxiety based undesirable behaviors, my ultimate goal is to help you create the life you want with your dog. Enriching the lives of you and your dog is possible, and I can help you get there.
There is Hope!
Help Your Dog
Your dog's behavior has you at your wit's end. Now that the puppy love is over, you find yourself with a dog that destroys your home, barks and lunges at other people and dogs, or cowers in the corner when you have guests or the unexpected happens (thunderstorms, anyone?).
Your dog is not giving you a problem, they are HAVING a problem. Whether you need separation anxiety training or some other form of behavior modification, Stephanie can help you discover why your dog is struggling and help you learn what you can do to support them, making for a happier home.
Your dog may not being eating through your doors and walls, yet! Maybe they howl all day, pace, pant, drool, or soil the house. Let me help you help your dog feel safe home alone.
There is a family tale about how, as I learned to walk, I would balance myself by grabbing onto our beloved dog. Now, I know how lucky I was to have a dog that took such things in stride. That pup became part of the family a few months before I did and shaped how I see these amazing, sensitive, loyal and dynamic creatures.
Dog training and our understanding of dogs has changed so much since I used my beloved companion to balance me as I learned to walk. With new understanding comes the potential for increased connection with our dogs. I love to be able to pass on the latest scientific information and training techniques to the amazing families with which I work. One of the best parts of what I do is watching people's relationships with their dogs grow into loving partnerships.
Contact us and tell us a little about the help you need.
"A trainer who understands both dogs and people."
At last! A trainer who understands both dogs and people. We asked Stephanie to help our young dog, Riley, overcome the trauma of having lived with an aggressive older dog. Riley was skittish, overly assertive, and highly reactive to stimuli. Stephanie's training and behavior-modification techniques have helped Riley -- and us -- become a happier, safer household. In the course of working with Riley, Stephanie saw that our other dog, Sophie (a 3-year-old chihuahua/poodle rescue) was also responding to her own traumas, though in different ways than Riley. Stephanie is now working with Sophie to help her be more comfortable and secure. What do I like best about Stephanie: she sets reasonable expectations, has good boundaries, and rewards & praises us (me and Riley!) when we get it right.
~ Margaret L.
"Stephanie...gave me lots of tools to help with their anxiety..."
I rescued two wonderful but challenging dogs and I was struggling with their behavior. Stephanie helped me learn how to be a better dog mom and gave me lots of tools to help with their anxiety and over enthusiasm. I have used the tools that Stephanie taught me to help my dogs adjust to the arrival of my first child. We have all been able to blend together as a family thanks to what I learned from Stephanie.
~ Sahra S.