What does your dog need?
Need a walker?
Ideally every dog would get half an hour or more of walking each day, and the average workday is a long time for your dog to be left alone. That's where a dog walker can come in. Whether you need help for a special occasion or on a regular basis, get a dog walker that you can trust, dedicated to walking one dog at a time. For many dog walkers, this is a volume business - they might walk a dozen dogs at once. But if you want your dog to be the center of attention then you need a committed, trained professional.
Solution --> Dog Walking
Need Obedience training?
Obedience training is comprised of walking on a loose leash, sitting, lying down, staying, and coming when called. These five behaviors are the core knowledge which every dog should possess. When I teach them, I strive to make sure every dog fully understands what it is that I am asking, so that the end result is a companion who is truly attentive and responds enthusiastically to direction.
Solutions --> Consider the Puppy Package, Off-Leash Basics, or Individual Lessons.
Is Your dog Fearful?
Fear can take many forms, and it is often difficult to know the root cause of a dog's deep-seated phobia. However, it is possible to reverse the effects of that fear and teach your dog to remain calm in uncertain situations. Whether your dog's fear involves grooming, vehicles, people, or anything else, I can help you rehabilitate your dog, building trust and confidence along the way.
Solution --> Individual Lessons
One of the biggest elements missing from most dog training programs is self-control. While many dogs go through obedience training and earn a nice certificate, often they maintain terrible habits at home. I will work with you to decide upon and enforce behaviors which make living with your dog easy. From furniture rules to answering doors, from resisting human food to jumping, a dog that knows limits is happy to make you happy.
Solutions --> Consider the Puppy Package or Individual Lessons
Is your dog aggressive?
Often overlapping with fear, aggression can be the most detrimental behavior to your relationship with your dog. I have taught numerous dogs to cope with their uncertainty, looking to people for guidance in stressful situations. Regardless of your dog's trigger - people, animals, possessiveness, etc. - there is a way to turn things around. While it is best to intervene the first time you witness aggression from your dog, even a dog with multiple bites on its record can be saved.
Solution --> Individual Lessons
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Rates & Services
Connell’s Dog Training LLC serves the entire shaded area in the map above.
1-hour Individual training lesson, at your home - $120
Individual lessons may be used for any training issue (obedience, bad habits, aggressive or fearful behavior, etc.) Training sessions will vary based on the needs of your particular dog, however you can expect to receive:
A walk (which serves to establish a baseline for your dog's personality and reinforce good habits)
Obedience and behavior training, based on you and your dog's needs
Reinforcement of beneficial behavior patterns and reduction of unwanted behaviors
Demonstrations of safe and effective dog handling and equipment use
A lesson plan for reinforcing new skills and diminishing bad habits
An analysis of your dog's behavior, overall temperament, and my training strategy based on what you want to accomplish
Equipment prices are not included in the lesson price.
Puppy Package - $440
If you’ve just brought home a puppy, now is the time to start training to prevent more difficult issues when you have an adult dog. In the first of four lessons (which must occur before the pup reaches 16 weeks of age), you’ll get an hour to learn about:
Introducing the puppy collar and leash
How to correct biting
Housebreaking is the most critical and most stressful part of puppy training. For this reason, lessons two and three will be scheduled two and four weeks after lesson one. This will give us the opportunity to review your puppy’s success with the housebreaking process, and make adjustments as needed. We will also follow up on your pup’s general behavior and work to minimize any troublesome habits that may be developing.
In your fourth lesson (once your puppy is 6 months old), your puppy will learn how to walk on a loose-leash without pulling, and you will receive guidance on how to attain any obedience commands that your puppy hasn’t mastered yet (sit, down, stay, come). At this time your puppy will be fitted for an adult training collar or slip leash.
Before the first lesson: Please purchase a crate that will fit your dog when fully grown, with a divider to confine your pup until it is bigger.
Equipment and sales tax are included in the package price.
Off-Leash Basics Package - $550 (dogs under 80 lbs.), $600 (dogs 80 lbs. and up)
Do you want to be able to walk your dog off-leash at the park, beach, or in the woods? For dog owners who want to have true off-leash control, this three-lesson program will introduce your dog to long-line and e-collar work. By the end of these lessons you will be able to trust your dog to come when called regardless of distractions, and maintain a safe distance around you when allowed freedom to roam. Each of the three lessons will run for an hour.
If you wish to put additional dogs through this training program, it will require additional lessons and equipment. Contact me for more information.
Off-leash basics is not suitable for dogs that have shown aggression toward humans or other dogs. Equipment and sales tax are included in the package price.
Bite-prevention seminar - Contact for prices
I can provide presentations for your organization to reduce the number and severity of dog-bite incidents experienced. These seminars are useful for:
Businesses that work with dogs, like veterinary clinics and shelters
Staff who visit people's homes, such as delivery drivers, contractors, visiting nurses, and other specialists
Schools - 50% of children will be bitten by dogs by the age of 12, usually by a dog the child knows
Dog Walking - Click here for more info
30 minutes - $25
45 minutes - $34
60 minutes - $40
All forms of payment are accepted. Equipment prices are additional, unless otherwise stated.
about Connell's Dog Training
I live in Shrewsbury, MA, and have two dogs of my own. Before starting this business, I volunteered my time walking dogs at a nearby animal shelter. There I worked with dogs of all breeds, temperaments, and backgrounds. My focus was getting them enough exercise, reinforcing their training, and preparing them for meeting new people. While rewarding, it was tough to see good dogs surrendered for solvable problems. Often those dogs had been there before. With that in mind, I decided I wanted to help dogs adjust to the home environment and reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters.
I am an Associate Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and am professionally insured through the Business Insurers of the Carolinas.
This lovable guy is a Hound mix rescued from Kentucky. Despite some rudimentary training, he had several big-ticket behavior issues which became apparent rather quickly after his adoption: dog-focused reactivity and extreme separation anxiety. Through repetitive and patient training these problems began to diminish. Like any dog (or person) he has his good days and his bad ones, but he has learned to behave in the presence of other dogs by focusing on what he wants - human attention. Food doesn't hurt either. He is an ongoing student, but I believe I learn as much from Murphy as he does from me. He was largely my inspiration for getting involved working with dogs professionally.
The younger of my two dogs is probably a Dachshund/Jack Russell mix. Like many little dogs, he is paradoxically the more dominant of the two. He was found as a stray, also in Kentucky, and came to me with zero training. Within a week he understood the basic obedience commands. Like Murphy, he liked to challenge other dogs and small animals, but had none of the other anxieties. I attribute his confidence to formerly living the life of a stray.
All dogs are welcome!
I will not exclude any dog from training based on breed or bite history. I understand that many dog trainers and dog walkers choose to exclude certain dogs based on past experiences or the terms of their insurance contracts. I however disagree with common stereotypes of dog breeds, and I have no such limitations. Refusing to provide training to any specific breed only serves to reinforce those stereotypes, and giving up on a dog who has bitten in the past is effectively a death sentence. Giving a dog adequate training will provide it with the best opportunity to succeed going forward.
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