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*Behavior Modification Cases must complete an Initial Training Evaluation.*
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Pavlov & B.F. Skinner's Theory of Classical & Operant Conditioning: Great for transitioning dogs to domestic life
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3 Day Behavior Modification Package at a better value!
Did you just adopt a dog from a Shelter or a Rescue organization that seems well behaved but needs some adjustment training? In this course we will help you learn the best practices for transitioning a dog from a shelter/rescue environment to a forever home. We will start training your dog to understand rules, boundaries, and limitations. Basic Obedience cues are helpful when teaching dog's the rules. For instance, we can teach your dog to sit, lay down, come, stay and more! Problem dogs with anxiety or fear aggression will be considered. Initial Training Evaluation required for dogs with questionable behavior.
We use different scientific & relationship trust building methods to modify your dog’s undesirable behavior. We are trained to use any one or a combination of these methods to train your pup to offer more desirable behaviors: positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement, and negative punishment. Your dog is guaranteed to change it’s undesirable behaviors after completing 3 sessions with us!
Your dog is guaranteed to curb it’s undesirable behaviors if you follow through with the recommendations we teach you!
for puppies 4 months -11 months
Teach your puppy to stop chewing on the leash and jumping while walking. This course outlines the best practices to set your puppy up for success. He/she begins to learn what it means to heel by your side during a walk. He/she will also learn better safety skills, such as sitting at stop lights and not darting out into traffic at a crosswalk. It's especially important to teach your puppy that it's not safe for them to weave back and forth, behind and/or in front of you during a walk.
Not all 4 month old puppies have mastered the art of house training. It's up to the handler to be consistent and to provide the tools necessary for success. We will facilitate the process by giving you more structured methods to expedite the learning process.
A good foundation in a puppy's life is teaching them the fundamentals of rules, boundaries, and limitations. Any crate Training Program weather it be for a puppy or an adult dog, is built upon teaching your dog how to be comfortable in a crate for several minutes up to several hours per day. Your trainer will address all kinds of undesirable behaviors from unwanted excessive barking to separation anxiety, unnecessary biting or excitable jumping & you'll learn how to curb/extinguish them.
for adult dogs 1 year and up
Learn how to Master the Walk. You will learn the benefits of why we should teach our dogs the "Exercise & Leadership Walk" and the "Entertainment Walk". If your dog has problems with leash aggression, we will address those issues and give you proven scientific training tools to effectively extinguish these undesirable behaviors. Prerequisite: all behavior modification candidates will be required to enroll in an Initial Training Evaluation first, before beginning any further Training Program
We work with dog owners who's dogs have developed mild to severe separation anxiety. We customize everyone's training session to address all the issues your dog is specifically going through. Separation Anxiety is a broad term for a large scope of problems. From our experience, these issues typically don't go away very quickly. They take longer than most to extinguish. The good news is that our scientifically proven methods are 99% effective at curbing your dog's unwanted behaviors.
We are 99% effective at extinguishing barking on the spot, and we want to teach you our proven methods, so that you will be able to perform them on your dog as well. Aggression comes in all forms. Most Aggression is deeply rooted in fear. We will teach you how to read Canine Body Language better, so you can detect and address your dog's stress signals early on before it escalates to an unmanageable level.
Your trainer(s) will cover as much material as possible within the time frame allotted.
Prerequisite: 4-6 months (6 lessons)
General Obedience Training begins with Teaching your pup manners. This course will teach your dog basic manners using hand signals, voice commands, and non verbal cues. Voice commands include the 7 Common Commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, No, Leave it, and Wait
Master the walk to create a balanced relationship with your pup. Your furbie will learn to consistently heel by your side on walks. You will receive recommendations for the right tools to discourage your dog from pulling on leash, so you will always enjoy walks with your pup. This stage of life is when your puppy is adventurous and wants to explore it's environment more. You'll want to socialize & play with your pup and expose him/her to as many people, things, and animals as possible.
Does your puppy bark uncontrollably? Have you have tried everything to stop the barking but nothing seems to work? Does your dog engage in undesirable behaviors such as jumping, biting, nipping, or rough play with you and other dogs? If so, we’ve got the solution to these problems. By the end of this session, your pup will have learned what behaviors will get rewarded, and which ones will receive consequences.
Prerequisite: 5-11 months (6 lessons)
Your dog is ready to learn off leash commands! With patience and persistence, you’ll be able to train your pup to maintain their skills on leash and he/she will learn new ones off leash. Some dogs develop undesirable behaviors that require patience to resolve. *You will become more adept at multi-tasking. Furthermore, you will become more creative than your dog, who possibly likes to evade and manipulate you at every chance he/she gets, especially when you are inattentive to his/her needs.
Enriching activities like agility will help your pup to unleash his/her mental & physical needs. Select high impact sport enrichment activities require planning and may incur additional fees.
Your pup will get their exercise, socialization, and mental stimulation needs met when participating in these enrichment activities! You won't want to miss this!
6 Lessons: for dogs of all ages & abilities
Dogs 1 year and up (6 lessons)
We will start by strengthening basic obedience commands that teach your dog to sit, down, come and stay. Problem dogs with anxiety or fear aggression will be considered. Initial Training Evaluation required for dogs with questionable behavior.
Once your dog reaches the 3rd week of training, he/she will grasp the basics of certain visual and verbal cues, and will need more reinforcement from other places with less food rewards. This portion of the training requires you to start FADING off of food rewards and simply using the clicker or some other positive reinforcer such as verbal praise, a fetch/tug toy, or physical praise.
By the end of your dog's training, he/she will have learned some critical skills. He/she will begin to learn these safety skills on CUE with or without the leash on, such as the COME command, WAIT, or STAY. He/she will perfect their off leash skills by prolonging those positions and performing repeated sets of behaviors on cue, with guided clear direction from the handler. Off Leash Play will be granted at the end of class when your pup has earned this reward, and if the enviornment is safe.
Dogs 5 years and up (6 lessons)
The goal of this course is to strengthen your dog's duration time while performing any behavior asked by it's handler. This course is not an introductory course. Your dog will have already taken other classes prior to this one, and has an Intermediate understanding of Obedience. Your dog will be able to demonstrate a sit, down, and stay on leash with food rewards.
Your dog is ready to work off leash! He will be able to show you tricks and how well he listens to commands off leash. You will work on repeated sets of commands off leash with no food rewards, to strengthen his level of understanding for each command you teach him.
At the end of each class you will provide your dog with an enriching training activity that will alleviate stress, invigorate vitality, and improve one's overall confidence level. One example is, Agility Exercises that can be done inside or outside around, through, under, or on top of trees, poles, cones, bridges, platforms, tunnels, etc...
Problem dogs with anxiety or fear aggression will be considered. Initial Training Evaluation required for dogs with questionable behavior.
Prerequisite: for adult dogs over 1 year old. Training takes place in your home or at ours. In-Home Training Form must be submitted before services are rendered.
No training needed. Meals and walks included
Evaluation Required. Training needed. Additional dogs will receive a discounted rate.
Evaluation Required. Training Needed. Additional dogs will receive a discounted rate.
In-Home Training Drop-In Visits for 3 weeks (15-20 days) building a basic obedience rooted in "sit and wait" training from near or far
In-Home Training Agreement must be submitted before services are rendered. 15 days included.
Sessions last 75 minutes. Sessions take place in your home and in the community. Pet Parents must be present. Preliminary Evaluation Required. In-Home or Private Training Agreement must be submitted before services will be rendered. 15 days included.
Sessions take place in your home and in the community once your dog has received all it's vaccinations. Pet Parents are not required to be present. Preliminary Evaluation Required. In- Home or Private Training Agreement must be submitted before services will be rendered. This is a 20 Day Package.
All Packages must be paid in full prior to services being rendered.
Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer
ABC Mentor Trainer
Certified Petco Dog Trainer
Pet First Aid & CPR Certified
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Trainer
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Go to: www.AKC.org for more information
Theresa is an Alumni graduate of Animal Behavior College in Los Angeles, California.
Theresa's undergraduate education from Syracuse University earned her a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy. Her experience working in the healthcare field providing Cognitive Behavior Therapy to hundreds of individuals with physical and mental/psychological disabilities, overlaps into her current career to help her effectively train and teach both owner and dog how to be stable and balanced. She will help you to have a more trusting relationship with your pets. Her past experience includes 14+ years working with dogs in various capacities. Theresa has been a volunteer team member and Foster Pet Parent for several dog rescues including the ASPCA, SPCA, the Lange Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, LOEM (League of Extraordinary Mutts), Grey Save Greyhound Rescue, and VanderPump Dog Rescue in Los Angeles.
Theresa has been training dogs for 5 years and has completed over 1,000 hours of training.
Theresa's main priority is: Safety First!
Not only does she provide safe private dog training practices, daycare with training, and puppy training sessions, she also offers multiple training packages to suit your needs.
Training sessions primarily take place in your home in locations like West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, PLaya Vista, Playa Del Rey, Brentwood, Malibu, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach
Pet Concierge Director
Animal Behavior Specialist
Animal Behavior Mentor Trainer
Brad has his educational background in Business Administration from UCLA. He is the Lead Liason for Santa Monica Paws Pet Concierge Division. He manages and oversees all business decisions including coordinating our cost for services.
Brad loves dogs and grew up training German Shepherds. He is a Balanced Dog Trainer and his expertise is working with challenging dogs that need Behavior Modification Training. He has been training dogs for 5 years and has completed over 600 hours of training.
Bradford shows you how to communicate best with your pets through your pet's nose, eyes, and ears. He uses Relationship Based Training Methods most often and will show you how to apply Leadership Techniques in your style of training with your dog. Brad is also versed in "transitional training" for dogs & cats who come from a shelter or rescue environment and get placed into a "forever home". He often gets asked to help families train cats or dogs who need adjustment training in a home with other pets.
Over the past 15 years, Brad has volunteered with several Dog & Cat Rescues in Los Angeles, including LOEM (League of Extraordinary Mutts), The Lange Foundation, and VanderPump Dog Rescue.
He truly enjoys helping people and animals and he can't wait to help you create a healthy trusting bond and well balanced relationship with your pets.
His MOTO is:
Attitude is Everything...Pick a Good One!
CPD Certified Dog Trainer
Pet First Aid Certified
Hayley has successfully completed the Level 3 Award in Canine Behaviour Training achieving merit June 2019 and has her pet first aid certificate.
Hayley has worked with Santa Monica Paws since 2019 and has over 300 hours experience in training. She is primarily a positive reward based trainer, and adores working with puppies. Hayley has successfully trained puppies to curb behaviors such as separation anxiety and potty training, as well as basic commands such as sit, stay, go to crate, down etc. Hayley will play fun engaging games with your puppy to encourage positive play and a healthy well balanced pup. She finishes every session on a positive note to keep training fun and exciting.
As well as working with puppies, Hayley has successfully applied the positive reward based training methods and scientific training methods. She supports older dogs and their owners by managing difficult behaviours such as leash aggression & lead pulling. She has also trained older dogs to have better impulse control by teaching them how to maintain positions in the home such as ‘go to bed/crate’ ‘off couch’.
In the past year Hayley has volunteered with West LA Animal Shelter & LA Love and Leashes, and recently adopted a 2 year old untrained 9 pound rescue terrier. Hayley has loved the challenge that this dog has bought her, and in a short period has been able to teach him all the basic commands, control his barking, leash aggression, and is working every day on curbing his separation anxiety and resource guarding.
In conjunction with specific training sessions Hayley assists the Santa Monica Paws Training Team with their Community Daycare Enrichment Programs and she boosts their social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Hayley is increasing her learning of Dog Behavior Training every day and she's acquiring more certifications.
You will love working with Hayley and so will your pets!
Cathalina has 10+ years of experience managing projects in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Her previous work centered around engineering education. Her Bachelor of Science is from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Master's is from Cal State Long Beach.
She is a proud owner of a cat from a rescue and loves all animals. She is a champion of adopting and training/caring for pets. Cathalina is very responsible and takes exceptional care of your pets. You and your pets will love having her come visit them!
Meru & Quinn Sit-Stay dog training with Distractions during doggie daycare 1305 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291