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.
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.
WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DO YOU DO?
WHERE DOES TRAINING TAKE PLACE?
Training initially takes place at our Williston Road Training Center (1725 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT). Once we have the basics down, we can move outside of the training facility and into environments that provide the appropriate level of distraction relative to your dog’s skill set.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP CLASSES?
I don’t currently offer group classes. When I offered classes I found that some folks really applied things and got a lot out of them, while others merely showed up for classes without practicing. It was tough to get excited about teaching a separate lesson to folks who haven’t put the practice in to get better while taking time away from those who worked hard to make progress. Private lessons allow me to slow things down when necessary and speed things up when progress is there to be made with the individual.
MY DOG NEEDS HELP SOCIALIZING - HOW DO I ADDRESS THAT?
Sign up for a training evaluation! I am happy to run private sessions to help your dog get more comfortable in a social environment.
CAN I BRING MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER? KIDS?
Yes, as long as the issues you’re experiencing with your dog don’t dictate otherwise. For example, if your new dog is growling at your husband, we may decide that for the initial sessions it makes sense for us to build up skills without the significant other present.
Kids must be able to follow instructions inside of the facility. If that’s not realistic, please leave them at home and we can incorporate them into sessions when/where it’s safe to do so.