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Teaching your dog to learn how to behave is our job. We love it! And work hard at it. What we offer is something truly unique: We break down the walls that are keeping you from living the best life with your dog, and then we rebuild from the ground up, together. This training is intense and life changing. Working with us means you have to bring as much to the table as we do (and we bring a lot!). We are selective on the clients we serve. 


Here are some qualities that we feel are absolutely necessary for  your success:

You’re going to have to make some changes as a dog owner if you want to get different results with your dog. No, we aren’t going to ask you to change your whole life around your dog, but having a healthy relationship with  with a happy dog does always require some compromise: The dog might have to get off of the bed, the dog might have to get off the furniture, you might have to start crating your dog at night, etc. There’s a reason that we will give these suggestions, and as we start the training journey, we will explain not just the what, but they why and how. 


We need you to be 100% comfortable with our training techniques.
You should be open to a balanced training approach. Yes, we will use praise but we will also correct bad behavior.

We need you to follow up with 100% of the training program. We worked hard to create a system of training that works and a philosophy of training that works. We want to make sure that you can take advantage of what we worked on so that you and your dog can live a happy and balanced life. 

We need the whole family on board with everything! Like us, dogs are influenced by everyone around them. Everyone at home should be familiar, comfortable and excited to help your dog and be part of the journey. It will be very frustrating to put the time, effort and money into helping your dog, and not have the support system they so desperately need to succeed. 

Our top programs offer several advantages:
• Your dog stays at a trainer’s house and lives with them as “one of their dogs”, as opposed to staying at a crowded kennel. This will help your dog learn in a home setting, where most of the obedience or behavior issues happen.

• Your dog receives training throughout the whole day, learning daily routines such as potty breaks, doorbells, doorways, household manners, obedience drills, feeding times, socialization with other humans and animals, as well as outdoor and indoor practice with various distance and distractions to make sure your dog learns not only valuable obedience skills, but most importantly, how to behave and become a part of your family and enjoy every day activities with you.

• We limit the amount of dogs we train to a select number. This allows us to better focus on your dog, and ensures your dog gets the training and attention they deserve.

• These programs are ideal for today’s busy families and individuals, as it requires only that you maintain the training once the dog completes our program.

• These programs are also ideal for dogs that require specialized training due to fear, aggression, biting, etc., as it allows us to focus on helping your dog make better choices and regaining their confidence.

Deciding if your dog would benefit from private lessons or a board and train comes down to two main factors: your dog’s behavioral issues and/or the lifestyle and availability of your family.

Board and train programs are incredible for achieving outstanding  dog obedience, behavior modification, and solid results with your dog in a short period of a few weeks. During your dog’s stay we do a lot of the “heavy lifting” by working with your dog multiple times per day, teaching basic obedience, off-leash e-collar training, socialization with other dogs/people/animals, and in some cases behavior modification. Your dog is challenged daily around distractions (like other dogs, public places, and new people) which is a huge part of the “real world success” of this program. This is what I do for a living, and your dog’s behavior, obedience, and improvement is top priority everyday! When your dog goes home, they will have their obedience training foundation and a new, calmer, tuned in, obedient, and more polite state of mind–as an owner, you just have to apply the training and follow through (they already know their stuff, you just keep up with it! I supply you with thorough after training protocols and am always available to you with any questions). Severe behavior modification cases are strictly board and train; if you have questions about this, please feel free to contact me!

Private Lesson programs are an opportunity for you and your dog to learn together at the same time! In a sense YOU are really the dog trainer (not me), because once a week we work together for an hour, but you become the teacher at home. After our lessons you become the dog trainer as you teach, proof, and apply the things we’ve covered with your dog during the week. The success of your dog’s training lies in your ability to practice training, setting boundaries, and following the rules I give you multiple times daily. Ultimately you have the opportunity to have a dog with precision behaviors and obedience (close to what they would achieve in a board and train at my facility) in a matter of 4-8 weeks as long as you put in the work! The more time and challenges you dedicate to your dog’s training, the better your results will be! Remember, it’s your effort that makes or breaks your dog’s success.

 

If your dog is leash reactive, dog or human aggressive, struggles with more than a couple of small behavior issues or you want them off-leash e-collar trained, then you and your dog will achieve the most success through Board & Train. It has often taken many months or years to develop the bad dog behaviors that have you seeking training help, there will not be a quick or easy fix for unpacking deeply rooted issues and patterns. Board and Train allows me to do the heavy lifting for you, to take your dog out of their routine, familiar and habitual processes and hit the “reset” button. You wouldn’t rush rehab after surgery, so it’s the same with dog training: time and consistency, along with the right tools and guidance, are the keys to achieving big time change in a shorter period of time.

YES! I would like to compare this to summer camp for kids. Yes, they are away for a few weeks, learn some neat stuff and get to meet other friends. But when they come back home they recognize you as the parent or older sibling. Dogs are the same way! In fact I’ve actually seen dogs obeying the owner better than they obey me after training!

When your dog returns home, we will spend plenty of time making sure you and all your family are comfortable and confident with how to handle your dog and their new skills. All our customers get lifetime follow up help via our exclusive Facebook group, and email support.

Unfortunately, the majority of people that work with us have been through multiple Dog Training Classes and dog trainers across Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston. The good news is we’re the last Dog Training Program you will ever need! We’ve found that many dog trainers tend to focus on just managing behavioral issues or finding ways to mask problems by focusing on using just treats or toys, having people avoid problem situations, or just ignoring the issues. We don’t believe that owning a dog requires you to avoid other dogs, people, or carry a bag of treats just so your dog can listen. That’s a hard way to live with your dog!

We want to make everything easy for you. You’re coming to us because your dog has dog aggression, dog anxiety or some other problem and you don’t understand how to fix it. So we have worked hard to create a program that focuses on lifestyle training to help change a dog’s state of mind. When we understand your dog’s state of mind we can tap into what is really causing the behavioral problems, so that we can help your dog learn to make better choices, and help you get results that last a lifetime.

We also realize that as an owner, you need to be empowered with the know how so you can communicate with your dog, so that you can have the calm, balanced and happy dog that you’ve always dreamed of. We keep everything really simple and easy to understand. Because of this approach, you will see faster and more effective results.

We are here for your dog, but more importantly, we are here for you.

There’s a method to the madness, we promise! And part of that method is to have your dog fully immersed in our training. Having visits will diminish results and will make the process longer, so we do not allow them at this time.

We use a variety of training tools, which include:
• Slip leads
Prong collars
E-collars
Martingale collars
Pet convincer
Muzzles
Bark collars
Check cords
Whistles

We only use top of the line, professionally crafted equipment in our training programs, and quickly replace any tool that isn’t in good condition. Poorly manufactured and defective equipment is one of the reasons dogs can become injured during training, and where some of the urban myths have surfaced about dog training equipment, in particular prong collars and e-collars.

Take a look at these videos, they show some of our tools in action!

This video shows a dog that starts to bark at another dog, but with the help of the bark collar he calms down and stops his aggression.

Pet Convincer Distraction

This video shows a bad dogfight about to happen. See how quickly and easily the pet convincer worked to prevent injuries to the dog!

Stop Your Dog from Jumping Up

My awesome fellow trainer, Tori, explaining the ins and outs of the Pet Convincer.

Demonstrating How a prong collar can help a fearful dog.

This shows how a prong collar helped a timid dog overcome his fears!

Leash Pulling Resolved In One Dog Training Session.

Take a look at one of my awesome mentors, and world-renowned trainer Sean O’sea, showing what’s possible with a prong collar. It’s a long video, but totally worth watching!

Mendota ``Easy Trainer`` Lead Review.

This is a great video by Mendota explaining how a slip lead can be used.

Learning to Come to a Whistle.

Using a whistle to train dogs is easy, and it’s amazing the results you can get! Watch this video of a new pup learning how to return to its owner with just a whistle.

Using E-collar to transform pulling pit bull

Watch how in just 10 minutes, with the help of an e-collar, an out of control pit bull is able to turn into a calm, relaxed dog.

Nervous Chihuahua E-Collar Board & Train.

Chi Chi is a 1 year old Chihuahua with Victoria of Take the Lead K9 Training for a 3 week board and train.

These tools are the mainstay of modern dog training, and the same tools that top trainers around the world rely on to produce amazing results. They are very effective in allowing your dog to become more balanced. They are not intended to intimidate your dog, but rather, to guide it to make better choices, and allowing them to reach their full potential. See “how do these tools work” to see these tools in action.

Yes!

The digital technology built into the design of a modern electronic collar is very similar to what medical professionals use in neuromuscular therapy. The collar does not generate heat and it cannot burn a dog or person, and even has features built in that reduce accidental triggering or intentional abuse.

Cesar Milan, perhaps the world’s most renowned dog trainer, uses electric collars in his training. Here’s a small video of him not only explaining how the electric collar works, but using it on a dog!

I’d like to think of dog training tools like medicine. You wouldn’t take pills or medications without consulting a doctor or without their guidance, right? Doing it on your own is just asking for trouble! In the hands of a professional, prong and e-collars are unique, humane and effective methods to guide your dog to make the right choices. They are never used to intimidate or injure a dog. I use these tools on my own dogs, and they have allowed me to transform them into some amazing companions (see my dogs in action below). I will never use a tool or technique on your dog that I have not used on my own pups.

We only use our equipment in our training. This isn’t to make money, but it’s one of our ways to make sure that your dog receives the best (and safest) training available. We strictly use top of the line, professionally crafted equipment in our training programs, and quickly replace any tool that isn’t in good condition. Poorly manufactured and defective equipment is one of the reasons dogs can become injured during training, and where some of the urban myths have surfaced about dog training equipment, in particular prong collars and e-collars.

Our training isn’t based on a single method or approach. Like humans learn in various ways, every dog is unique. And like humans, you can’t fit all of them into a predetermined training style. Our training belief is that training is a constant process, which is why we focus on lifestyle-based training.

From positive rewards, to proper usage of collars, to using and learning how body language, voice and our movement can influence behavior, marker training, and even a combination of all. I’ve been fortunate enough to learn from many great trainers in various disciplines, from military K9, to hunting sports and from behavior modification specialists, which allows me to have a better understanding of the tools and techniques of the craft. The most effective level of training comes from a balance between rewarding/encouraging good choices, and correcting/discouraging poor choices.

We do not offer Dog Obedience Group Classes at this time. While there are many benefits from group classes, we currently focus our training on a 1-on-1 basis. This allows us to devote our undivided attention to you and your dog. Our individual training approach is one of the reasons we are able to accomplish amazing results in just a few short weeks.

As a dog trainer, I feel it’s my duty to become familiar with every method available, and approach each dog with an open mind, so I can use what works best with a particular dog. No dog is the same!

With this in mind, I strive to follow this principle:
• The right tool / technique
• At the right time
• At the right place
• For the right dog

Yes! The awesome thing about our balanced approach is that it works with small dogs, big dogs, wiener dogs, and any dogs!

Watch Tori, a fellow dog trainer from my training group, transform a very tiny fearful dog into a rock star.

Yes! Just like humans, dogs never stop learning. On some cases, such as a very young puppy, we recommend to wait until they are more developed before starting training. This is to allow them to develop enough strength and balance, so they can benefit fully from training. If you have concerns about your dog’s ability or health, we always recommend that you consult with your veterinarian prior to starting a training program.

The main goal in training dogs that are fearful is to build confidence in the dog. We would start by gaining trust from the dog through establishing clear guidelines and a level of communication they can understand through low level e-collar training. This will help your dog rehabilitate and be able to relearn a healthier, more balanced way of living.

Watch tori, a fellow trainer in my group, take a very sensitive dog from zero to hero in just a few days! This is the same training protocol that we will use with these type of cases.

YES! DogWorx is renowned as one of the top Dog Aggression Trainers in the South, so we do not only accept serious cases, but we create some amazing results! Sometimes what one considers aggressive is really just a bratty dog: They lack structure and solid rules, which can turn any dog into a little Tasmanian devil. These dogs will quickly become great pets once they are exposed to our training.

There are some cases where a dog is truly aggressive. Dog Aggression is a serious problem, and requires advanced professional training, which is very hard to find. Enrique and Amber have over 30 years combined professional Dog Training experience in both the K9 World and behavioral Modification, having trained and interned under several world renowned Dog Trainers such as Sean O’Sea, Jeff Gellman, Fred Hassen, Martin DeelyDuke Ferguson (to just name a few), where they have successfully rehabilitated some of the most severe dog aggression cases in the United States.
Rest assured that when it comes to Dog Aggression Rehabilitation Training in Savannah, we have the knowledge, training, experience and the proper equipment to rehabilitate even the most serious cases of aggression.

Yes! Imagine when your car engine light goes on. The car seems fine, there are no big issues, and you keep driving. Eventually the small engine light will turn into a major mechanical problem that could cost a lot more than taking care of it when it first started.

The majority of behavioral issues with dogs always started with a little tug of the leash, a small disobedience here and there, an innocent nip…

Don’t wait until the problems have become more serious to undertake training. The quicker you set a proper relationship with your dog, the less hassle and stress it will bring you and your family in the future.

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