APPROACH TO TRAINING
Our goal is to provide a training approach that creates a 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.
EXPECTATIONS OF OWNER
Lasting changes in behavior don’t occur by accident! If you select Play Dog Play Training you can expect to have new homework assignments each session, requiring daily work towards concrete goals. Our ideal client takes the commitment to training their dog as seriously as we do.
Commitment to weekly sessions (private training) and weekend content (Board & Train programs).
Willing to carry out daily homework. This might be as simple as walking your dog with proper leash manners or as complex as working on recalls with appropriate distraction.
The understanding that there is no magic wand! Progress towards goals relies on repetition applied with consistency and patience.
EXPECTATIONS OF TRAINER
We appreciate that successfully training your dog isn’t without significant time and monetary commitments—our commitment to you will include email support as well as tailored sessions designed to target your specific issues as quickly as possible, while still considering the idea of fairness to the dog.
On-time to appointments.
Access to additional resources and source material when desired.
Thorough understanding of dog psychology as it relates to common behavioral issues; we strive to understand the ‘why’ when methods do or don’t work.
Dedication to continued learning in canine well-being (mental/ physical/ emotional).
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.
Patrick found his passion for working with dogs through his family rescuing greyhounds with Forever Greyhound. His favorite part of working on the daycare floor is spending time with the dogs who need extra support, be it helping them with their stress levels or working towards more appropriate playstyles. Though Patrick doesn't have any dogs of his own, his rabbit keeps him nice and busy!
Patrick is a daycare Shift Leader, providing assistance to the trainer and working with the floor staff to develop their handling abilities.