APPROACH TO TRAINING
Our goal is to provide a training approach that creates a well-mannered, stable, and enjoyable companion. We focus on providing training and implementing routines that create sustainable behavioral change that extends beyond just the training setting. We work with you to make sure that the results we achieve during training are something you can continue to expect from your dog.
All training clients begin with sessions at our Training Center at 1725 Williston Road in South Burlington. In cases where behavior is specific to environments, your trainer will work you through the basics in a controlled setting before moving subsequent training sessions to the relevant locations. Mileage charges apply outside of Burlington.
Chris & Kristy
Ross is a professional and compassionate dog trainer who helped us focus on specific things we could do to improve our relationship with our energetic pup. Rather than impose a one size fits all approach, Ross spent considerable time assessing our pup’s particular traits and motivations. Ross then gave us the guidance and tools to be able to improve upon daily walks, to provide a quiet space within the home and how to effectively socialize our pup. We’ll continue to consult with Ross and Play Dog Play at pack walks and would highly recommend the one on one lessons for anyone wanting a well balanced family dog. Thank you, Ross!
Ross has had an affinity for animals for as long as he can remember. Whether it was a hamster, salamander, cat or canine, he can remember growing up with a curiosity for creatures. Ross began working with dogs at a local animal hospital where he found that he was interested in learning more about canine behavior. After moving to the Burlington area in 2013, Ross joined the Play Dog Play staff and began exploring the world of dog training shortly thereafter. Outside of work, Ross enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to music and spending time with his family.
Ross currently generates the content for the training programs, conducts training sessions, and provides support to the daycare staff. He is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and has completed Tyler Muto's Domanship Through the Feel, Problem Solving, and Mastering the Remote Collar workshops, Heather Beck's 3D Workshop: Dealing with Difficult Dogs, and has graduated from Robin MacFarlane's E-cademy.
WHO CAN COME TO PUPPY PLAYGROUP?Puppy playgroup is open to all pups ages 8 weeks to 16 weeks. Be ready to provide their current age-appropriate vaccination records. Negative fecal may be requested. You may ask your veterinarian to fax the records over to us at (802) 540-0540 beforehand to avoid delay at drop-off. No interviews are required for the little pups - just stop on by!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?Puppy playgroup is a great opportunity for your pooch to develop play skills with other puppies in a safe and supervised environment. 8 to 16 weeks is the age of the primary development phase for puppies when they most easily learn. This is also a critical socialization period for your puppy. All sessions are supervised by our experienced dog handlers and at the end of each session you will receive a full report on how your pup did during the playgroup.
ARE DROP-INS ALLOWED?You may schedule your puppy playgroup slot with our front desk staff. Drop-ins are welcome as long as there is space available (20 puppies is our current limit). Please plan to arrive early for your first visit to fill out necessary paperwork and to bring your pup's current age-appropriate vaccination records.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE MY PUP IS 16 WEEKS OLD?All playgroup attendees of at least 2 playgroups will have their behavior evaluated. We will let you know if your puppy successfully graduates into our regular daycare after their last puppy playgroup session and once they are at least 12 weeks old.