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By: Terri L.
Levenson Barb Dog Training Centers
Two years ago, I brought a puppy to one of Barb's puppy classes, was very put off, and questioned what she was teaching. I pulled the puppy from the class, but the more I learned elsewhere... I couldn't get Barb out of my mind.I decided to go back with our newest puppy, and I'm sure glad I did. Here's the deal. Barb will push you. She won't accept excuses. She knows when you aren't doing the homework, and will call you out on it. There's no denying she's a tough cookie. Every single thing she does is to better your relationship with your dog, and to set your dog up to succeed. If you disagree with her, or want to know why she recommends something, ASK.I've set up a number of private consultations just so I could learn more. Do this! There's only so much time in class...I am very happy to fully recommend Barb, with the caveat that if you go, be prepared to work... it's all for your dog. If you want to teach your dog to sit, there are plenty of videos you can watch. If you want to learn how to train your dog, and how to have a better relationship with your dog, go to Barb.
By: Maggie D.
Levenson Barb Dog Training Centers
GREAT DOG TRAINING!I am a repeat client of Barb's with my 3rd dog, a young puppy. Already in the short time I have had the puppy, I'm seeing great progress thanks to Barb's advice and training. As I get better at following and implementing her teaching, my dog's have gotten better. I anticipate that this puppy will be just amazing! She does a thorough job of coaching, giving feedback both good and bad. I learn through my mistakes as well as my successes. I want a dog that is a joy to live with in my family, as well as a dog that I can take places: happy, social, and obedient. She helps me get the dog that I truly want. What else could I ask for?
By: Michelle C.
Levenson Barb Dog Training Centers
We had a dog that did not want to do anything with us. Barb helped us turn it all around. She gave us great advise and lots of support. Now that formerly disconnected dog is a great companion and Agility partner. With Barb's continued coaching we've won several Agility Titles.
Tips & Advices
In order to be certified as a therapy dog or emotional support dog, animals need to receive an evaluation/written designation from a licensed health professional: social worker, physician, psychiatrist typically. As for service dogs, which are allowed to accompany their owners into most businesses and pet-restricted areas, they can receive training, certifications, and registrations from several organizations such as TDI and United States Service Dog Registry. These certifications are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, but may streamline the process of getting a dog access to typically off-limits areas. Service dogs and therapy dogs are not the same thing. The same dog might fall into both categories, but therapy and emotional support animals are not recognized under the ADA.
Aggressive behavior is the most common reason that people seek professional training for their dogs. Aggressive dogs require careful evaluation from a professional to accurately classify and diagnose the behavior. Puppies that display aggressive behavior are often diagnosed as undersocialized or hyperactive, and may evolve out of that behavior with regular obedience training. However, dogs with real aggression issues require specialized training from a behaviorist or trainer who understands genetic and hereditary factors, types of aggression, environmental factors and aggressive treatment methods. The number one suggestion when seeking an aggressive behavior specialist is to ask a trusted veterinarian. Dog rescues or other professionals may also have good referrals.
If a dog doesn’t meet expectations at the end of a training course, it is as likely to be related to the training course or the pet owner as the dog. A recommended next step would be to carefully research more training methods and local trainers to find a program that is better suited to your dog. Another one is to consider whether lack of commitment, inconsistent at-home practice,  or an inconsistent discipline/reward system may have undermined the training program.
Obedience training generally takes place at 6 months, but you can begin training a puppy to socialize with humans and other animals at 7-8 weeks.
Essentially, dogs learn to respond properly to basic commands in obedience class--and humans learn how to properly give those commands. Dogs and owners will also learn how to communicate with each other, and how to avoid distractions or disturbances from the outside. No matter which method of dog training is used, it is necessary to be consistent and committed in order to train a dog. Also, it’s important that a pet owner understand their dog’s temperament and hereditary factors, and find a class and method that is appropriate.

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