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Virginia Company Dog Training

Building healthy relationships through dog friendly training techniques to create happy dogs and owners

Dog training should be so fun and safe that even your kids can do it, too!

How we train dogs works, and here's why 

At Virginia Company our focus during training is centered upon your personal goals. By utilizing the principles of classical and operant conditioning during training, your dog will be eager to work for positive motivators.  We are here to help you create the most out of your relationship with your pet through gentle and humane training methods. We encourage your entire family to participate during training sessions. 

Click here to learn about where we developed our theory on how to train dogs with Operant Conditioning

B.F. Skinner - Operant Conditioning and Free Will - YouTube

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My Services

At Virginia Company Dog Training our goal is simple - happy dogs and owners. Through dog friendly training techniques,  we'll teach your dog new tricks while providing you with a thorough understanding of your dog's current behavior trends, temperament and daily exercise needs. With patience and kindness, training will be fun and effective based on your dog's personal needs.

Dog in Action

Behavior Consulting

Problem Solving Unwanted Behaviors

With in home behavior consultations and training, we will be able to identify the triggers which are causing you, and your dog, stress. Alongside management of the environment, we can begin to modify your dog's emotional response to stressful stimuli. 

Some common issues include:

  1. Fears and phobias 

  2. Aggression

  3. Anxiety/reactivity

  4. Resource guarding 

 

Learn more here about how behavior modification works by watching this video!

 

 

Skinner’s Operant Conditioning: Rewards & Punishments - YouTube

In-home Behavior Consultations &
Behavior Modification 


 

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Puppy Training

Private, In-Home Training 

At Home & At Your Neighborhood Park 

Puppies are so much fun, but often we forget just how much work they can be while we all get used to life together. Let us help you get off on the right foot so you can truly enjoy all the happiness puppies can bring. 

Some areas of training include:

  1. Crate training

     

  2. Potty training 

     

  3. Loose leash walking 

     

  4. Socialization 

     

  5. Focus and control in stimulating environments

     

  6. How to effectively communicate​

     

  7. Baby-dog preparation and integration

Here's a sneak peak into what puppy training can look like for you and your pup by one of my favorite trainers, Emily Larlham with Kikopup

Complete training session with 9 week old puppy - YouTube

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Intermediate/Advanced Obedience

Setting The Foundation or Raising The Bar

All dogs thrive when they are given the ability to use their intelligence with purpose. Teaching new behaviors and tricks is a great way to strengthen your relationship with your dog while also providing them with mental enrichment they need.


Basic Obedience & Fun Tricks could include:

  1. Sit

  2. Touch

  3. Down

  4. Stay 

  5. (Come) Here

  6. Sit Pretty

  7. Chin Rest 

  8. Spin

  9. Roll Over 

  10. Balance Work (leading into basic agility)

  11. Intro to Agility 

Puppy Preschool

Helping you and your puppy learn while you work

Puppyhood requires a strong foundation of skills in order to thrive in adolescence and beyond. While you work, let us help! 
Your puppy will enjoy the comfort of a family home, which includes three young children as active participants in your puppy’s training, appropriate exposure to two, adult dogs, and one adolescent cat.
Our days will include obedience training — sit, come, down, stay and mat training (curriculum criteria depends on the length of the stay and puppy’s learning capacity), appropriate toy play (to decrease mouthing) and crate training.
Let us help you create the best version of your puppy, all while having fun! 

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The Help Center

Have a Question? Here’s an Answer

What types of dogs does Virginia Company Dog Training train?

We welcome all dogs, regardless of their age, breed, or prior training history — here at Virginia Company Dog Training our customized training sessions offer you the ability to outline your goals and we work with your personal schedule and time line. 

What does Virginia Company Dog Training do differently than others in your field?

We offer one on one dog training, in your home, so we can begin making progress together right away. Our sessions are always tailored specifically for your goals, with our ultimate focus being on increasing the quality of your relationship with your dog through positive dog training.

As a member of the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, we believe in positive dog training that strengthens you and your dog’s relationship. We welcome all types of dogs and feel strongly that each dog is capable of learning. 

What areas do you service? 

Virginia Company Dog Training offers private, in home dog training. We are happy to serve the greater Augusta County and surrounding areas.