Basic Starter - "Happy Home" Intensive
A gentle, effective, and enlightened approach to dog training
Dogs are what we refer to as “contextual learners” - they learn best in relation to their own environment. With our "Happy Home" Intensive program, a.k.a. our "Reverse" Board and Train (for dogs 5 months and older), your dog is learning in the environment where most of their "bad behavior" happens.
As a result, the learning curve is shorter, results happen faster and your dog associates the pleasure of learning and growing to their home turf! In addition, with our "Happy Home" Intensive program, you could be home or not. It's up to you!
The #1 reason our "Happy Home" Intensive program is effective is because training happens in real time. We call this real time training "spontaneous training". Instead of setting up controlled "training sessions", by having one of our experts in your home for an extended period of time, we're able to "capture" behaviors as they happen naturally and then reinforce those behaviors so they become what we refer to as "default settings" in a dog's nervous system.
From a training perspective, this is the most elegant and natural way to teach a dog everything they need to learn in order to blossom into your dream dog!
How Does It Work?
We offer our "Happy Home" Intensive program for dogs 5 months and older, either as two 90 minute daily sessions (one in the AM and one in the PM) or 3 consecutive hours during the day - whichever is in the best interest of the dog.
The reason we recommend our Reverse Board & Train program aka our "Happy Home" Intensive program over our Traditional Board & Train in most cases, is because when a trainer is working directly with your dog in YOUR home, they can see exactly what the triggers are that are creating your dog's unwanted behaviors, and work to alleviate your dog’s responsiveness to those triggers in real-time. In addition to teaching alternative behaviors to your dog's triggers, they are simultaneously setting them up for future success.
Furthermore, the follow through training on the part of the dog parent is a lot easier of a task since their dog has already associated the new teachings to their home turf.
Our "Happy Home" Intensive program (for dogs 5 months and older) is a great protocol to help our furry friends who suffer with behavior modification issues. This program, along with Private In-Home Lessons, are 2 excellent programs we offer that allows for your dog to learn in the comfort of his/her own home which allows them to learn contextually.
As a Behavior Specialist works directly with your dog, they will be able to slowly introduce outside triggers (at your dog's pace) to ensure that your dog is not overwhelmed and comfortable with the process and hopefully begin to associate joy with learning and growing. We will never force a dog to tolerate something they are uncomfortable with.
I cannot say enough good things about Karma Dog Training and recommend them more to anyone looking for dog training. I was a nervous first time puppy owner and was put at ease right away once I found Karma.
Karma Dog Training has given me a great experience of learning the basic commands and procedures of owning a first time puppy. In the Kindergarten Puppy training class, Jennifer Sturgeon, one of the dog trainers that was there was very kind and helpful.
Director, Karma Dog Training
Director, Karma Dog Training