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Services We Offer

Serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast (Gulfport and Biloxi), I offer a variety of personalized dog care services.

Below are a list of services to help meet the needs of you and your dog(s). If you have special needs not listed below that you think I could help you with, please don't hesitate to ask.

All of our services can NOW be booked online to save you time and make sure you get the appointment that meets yout needsClick HERE to schedule your appointment.

Areas of training include basic obedience private training, group classes, advanced group class, behavior modification (aggression , barking, ect...), specailized lectures  and speciality training (scent detection, service and therapy animal)

01. Basic Obedience Private Training

Basic obedience teaches core commands and behaviors: Potty training, touch, sit, down, stay, recalls and 'go to your place'. We also cover curbing undesirable behaviors such as jumping up and biting. Sessions are tailored in accordance with your schedule and your dog's progress.

Initial Visit: $75 ( 1 hour )
Additional Visits: $75 (1 hour)

Consultations via Skype:: $45 (per hour), prepaid and schedule in advance, lasting no more then 2 hours.

You have two options with private training:

Option (1): We can work as a team to train your dog in the obedience commands that you need. I will get your dog started and confident on the behavior and you will increase reliability of that behavior through homework.

Option (2): I work solely with your dog until the requested command is set reliably upon cue. This will take several sessions and once accomplished, I will turn your dog back over to you. You don’t have to worry about doing homework or fussing with any equipment.

The exact amount of time for either option will be determined upon the number of obedience commands you desire, the current level of training your dog has and if there are any unwanted behaviors that will need to be modified for success.

All required leashes, collars, clickers, training treats, bait bags and other training equipment are to be supplied by the owner. Upon request, I can purchase the necessary items on your behalf in exchange for full reimbursement at the time of the first appointment.

02. Group Classes

We are now offering group classes at various locations.  You can view upcoming classes on the left.


You can register for classes
HERE.

Each class are based on real life scenerios and not on just training you dog cues, commands or tricks. 

Home Manners is a three (3) week course that focuses on how your dog should act when your hanging out around the house, when guests come over for a visit and what happens during dinner time. You will learn how to properly utlize cues for your dog to get the obedience that you desire.

World Manners is a three (3) week course that focuses on how your dog should interact at the dog park, on walks through the neighbor hood and how to meet other dogs. 

Intermediate Walking Manners Course is a six (6) weeks course that focuses of this topics class is polite walking on leash, particularly in the presence of distractions. Loose leash Wag It Games Instructorwalking, leave it, and go for it will be practiced with various distractions to give you, the handler, more control when walking your dogs in their neighborhood or around town.

About Town is a four (4) week intermediate course that buildss on the World Manners course.

Walkabout is a four (4) week Master Loose-Leash (Lead) Walking course. Having trouble with your dog constently pulling on walks and you ahve already gone through general obedience training, then this is the course for you.  We will dicsuss how to get your do to properly walk on the leash, how to keep your dog focused on you and not the entire world and when its ok to take food or treats. This is a great class for those dogs that are reactive or have anxiety while out and about.

Finding Doggy Zen is a four (4) week class on trainsitioning your dog for a highly anxious dog to become calm and relaxed in different situation to include when guest come over, meeting other dogs on walks and staying calm during car rides.

 

03. More Advanced Classes

  You can view upcoming classes on the left.


You can register for classes
HERE.

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Prep Course This ten week program will go over all the testing items that will be covered during the American Kennel Club (AKG) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The cost of the course also covers one attempt at the AKC CGC Test. Week 1 will cover two separate parts during a class lecture; dogs will not be needed this week..

Introduction to Rally Obedience This six (6) week course goes over the rules and procedures for Rally Obedience and begins to acquaint the owner and the dog to the expectations of running a rally obedience course. Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. 

AKC Community Canine Prep Course is a four (4) weeks course that focuses on preparing owners and dogs for the advanced level of the AKC's CanineGood Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) on the dog's title record.  Whereas Canine Good Citizen tests are most often tested in a ring and situations are simulated (e.g., 3 helpers serve as a "crowd"), the AKC Community Canine test is done in real situations including at shows, classes, and in the community.

 

04. Canine Fitnes Training and Massage

Building the Canine Athlete is not just for canine performance athletes. Dog owners who want active healthy dogs for years to come are learning that stretching, strengthening, and conditioning are as important for their dogs as for people who want to be fit and injury free.


At Dawgma, we strive to work with the specific needs of each client to maximize their potential. Our conditioning techniques focus on positive experiences which engage the dog and encourage development of muscle strength, flexibility and overall endurance. Prices start at $75 per session and Skype consultation starting out at $50 per session..

 

Find out more information on the benefits of canine fitness training HERE. 

 

Canine massage is a gentle, non-invasive, drug-free therapy designed to enhance your dog’s quality of life. It positively impacts every system of the body by reducing stress, increasing flexibility and movement, reducing muscle tension, promoting healing, and improving overall well-being and quality of life. Prices start at $75 per session.

 

Find out more information on the benefits of canine massage and complementary therapy HERE.

 

05. AKC CGC Tests

The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.

Initial Test: $50 ( approx. 1 hour )

The exact amount of time for the test will be determined upon the current level of training your dog has and the confidence you have as a handler. Training for this test is handled under general obedience.

All required leashes, collars, clickers, training treats, bait bags and other training equipment are to be supplied by the owner. Upon request, I can purchase the necessary items on your behalf in exchange for full reimbursement at the time of the first appointment.

    EMAIL us to schedule your private test.

06. Behavioral Modification

Effective training is an on-going process of growth and understanding between you and your canine companion. I'll show you how each interaction with your dog builds upon and enhances desired behaviors. Whether you are having problems with leash pulling, excessive barking, aggression, or something else, I create custom, success-focused dog training programs and then stay in close contact with you until you've achieved your goals.

Initial Visit and Consultation: $250 (about 1 1/2 hours)
Additional Visits: $100 (1 hour)

Consultations via Skype:: $95 (per hour), prepaid and schedule in advance, lasting no more then 2 hours.


Q: What exactly is Animal Behavior Consulting?

A: The profession of Animal Behavior Consulting is a relatively new field (25-30 years) made up of veterinarians, psychologists, and other professionals with advanced degrees in animal behavior and other behavioral and biological sciences. We specialize in applying scientific principles learned from the study of behaviors in the wild (ethology), psychological learning theory, and counseling skills to help people deal with their pet's behavior problems. Humane methods, often involving various behavior modification techniques and sometimes medications, are used to help the owner solve the behavior problem. Only veterinarians who see behavior cases can legally prescribe behavioral medications (along with other important behavior modification tools) that may help many behavior problems in your pet.

Q: What are some examples of behavior problems in dogs and cats that are treated?

A: Common behavior problems for dogs include aggression, barking, destructiveness, fears and anxieties, digging, house soiling, jumping-up, compulsive problems, ingestion of inappropriate objects, eating disorders, and unruliness as some examples. For cats, house soiling, spraying, scratching, aggression, excessive grooming, fighting, suckling and kneading are common problems. These are just a few of the many behavioral problems treated in cats and dogs.

Q: What typically happens during a behavior consultation?

A: During an appointment our Consultant meets with the family and pet(s) either at your house or at a predetermined location. During the appointment a thorough history of the behavior problems is taken (e.g., at what age did it start, how did it progress, when does it occur and with whom, etc.). The pet(s) is evaluated as appropriate and our Consultant arrives at a behavioral diagnosis. The final phase of the consultation involves developing a treatment plan and explaining it to the family. Then our Consultant discusses the plan with the family and, as appropriate, demonstrates how to carry it out, provides handouts, and recommends behavioral aids and follow-up help.

Q: How is Dawgma Animal Services different than the many dog trainers that now market themselves as "behaviorists" or "behavioral consultants"?

A: That is an excellent question since recently it seems that almost every dog trainer that has perhaps taken a seminar on problem dogs (often given by Veterinary Behaviorists) now market themselves as a "dog behaviorist." Some even have a veritable "alphabet soup" of letters after their names making it increasingly difficult for a pet owner to really know if the trainer has real academic training and experience credentials to be considered a well-trained, humane and knowledgeable professional in the field. The term "behaviorist" becomes more of a "marketing claim" a trainer uses rather than a reliable indication of training, knowledge, professional ethics and competence. One way to see if someone truly has advanced training and knowledge in the field of Animal Behavior Consulting and/or applied animal behavior is to determine if they work with animals other than just dogs and also have advanced academic credentials in a relevant behavioral field where a true, recognized academic institution (for example University Of Central Florida, University of Washington or another recognized university) has determined that they have learned and demonstrated sufficient knowledge to obtain an advanced (graduate) degree such as M.S.; M.A.; PhD; DVM or VMD. Surprisingly, seeing Animal Behavior Consulting for a pet's behavior problem is often no more expensive (often substantially less) than regular payments to a dog trainer with often nothing past a high school graduation diploma. Dog trainers are typically dogmatic in their beliefs with some ("old school") dog trainers focusing on "setting the dog up" then correcting (punishing) inappropriate behavior and consider giving a treat to reward a dog who has performed well tantamount to sacrilege. The other polar opposite growing in popularity are dog trainers that market themselves as "positive only," which is typically more humane and progressive but can also mean they may have no options to offer the owner if the dog does not choose to do what the trainer is teaching and rewarding it to do. Some dog trainers cost thousands of dollars for "board & train" programs, which are often insufficiently supervised by humane, knowledgeable professionals and also all too often do not address the core behavior problem behavior issues and, in some tragic situations, can even make the problems worse or have the pet develop new, more serious problems than initially existed. When everything goes well and a dog is responsive and easy to train, just about any provider can demonstrate success. Our Consultants in Animal Behavior Consulting specialize in dogs and other animals where this is often not the case and special knowledge, skills, training and options (for example sometimes behavioral medications) must be brought to bear in order to make safe and effective progress.


07. Seminars & Events

You can view upcoming seminars and events on the left.


You can register for seminars amd events
HERE.

General Dog Behavior - How to read the canine body. This lecture will define common canine behavior, what the differences are between them and how to understand what your dog is trying to communicate. We will be focusing on Fear, Anxiety, Barrier Frustration and Aggression

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Advanced CGC, Urban CGC and S.T.A.R. Puppy Tests Overview. This lecture will provide an overview of the requirements for each test and the benefits have having your dog tested at the AKC CGC, CGCA and Urban CGC Levels. 

Pet Sitter versus Pet Boarding the pros and cons of each. This lecture will be presented by a panel made up of local pet sitters and pet borders (kennels) to discuss the issues and answer questions. The presenters will be Ms. Connie Call from Pet Parent Paradise, Ms. Kate Lawler from Your Pet’s Home Away From Home and Ms. Michelle B. Rogers from Wiggle Wag N’ Roll Pet Care.

Pet Adoptions - How to properly introduce dogs to dogs, cats and other animals. This course will provide an overview on how to prepare you home for you new pet. How to introduce your pet to established pets and what issues to watch out for.

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Pet First Aid. Every pet owner or professional working with animals should know how to perform first aid. From cut pads, insect stings, and snake-bites, to chocolate poisoning, traffic accidents and choking, the unexpected can and does happen to the pets in our care. This overview course equips you with the understanding to handle these situations and many others. In addition, you learn how to assess your pet and understand the most life-threatening problems.

 

08. Specialized Training

We do provided specialized training in the following area:

Scent Dog Training: we provide scent training (aka NoseWork) in accordance with National Association of Canine Scent Work standards (NACSW). We train you dog to recognize specific scents, locate those scents andmake you aware of teh location of those scents. This is a great activity for an active dog. NACSW does hold compitition and trials to test you and your dog's skills.

Service and Therapy Animal Training: we provide Service Animal Training to meet all state laws  and regulations and to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act. AS members of teh International Association of Assistance Dog Partners, we follow all of thier requiremetns and Member of teh International Associatio nof Assistance Dog Partnersthat of Assitive Dogs International.

We train your dog to be a therapy animals. This area can be broken down into animal-assited therapy (AAT) and animal-assisted therapy (AAA). Animal-assisted therapy involves animal that a specially trained to help a human health provider to provide direct intervention in a treatment process. An example would be Physical Therapist using a dog to assist with increasing flexability in a patient. Animal-assisted activities is an animal specifically trained to provide motivation, education or recreation to enhance quality of life.






CANCELLATIONS I aim to be as flexible as possible and to work within your time constraints. Cancellation less than 24 hours before a scheduled appointment will be billed in full.

LIABILITY RELEASE Before the first appointment, please print and complete the Dawgma New Customer General Waiver and Liability Release forms. The Liability Release form must be signed before any services begin.

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