Training & Enrichment Center
The Learning Dog Training & Enrichment Center offers a large variety of classes using non-aversive (positive) training methods. From puppy to teenager to adult to senior, there are classes to suit your needs. Both Katie and Jenny are Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) and believe in non-aversive (positive) training methods so choke collars, prong (pinch) collars or shock (e-collars) collars are never used. We believe you never have to hurt a dog to train them. They are intelligent enough that they can be taught to make correct decision without pain.
Whether you take one class or take many classes, our goal is to make training fun, rewarding and successful for you and your dog, enhancing and embracing the amazing powers of the human animal bond. Our training is done thru pain-free methods because we believe training shouldn’t hurt.
Have a serious behavior issue like aggression, fear or anxiety? Call (330) 534-4990 to schedule your behavior consultation or private lessons, in your home or at our facility. Most aggression can be managed by understanding more about dog communication and desensitizing and counter-conditioning and you can build confidence in dogs and desensitize and counter-condition with fear.
It is never to late (or too early) for you and your dog to have fun learning together.
At our facility, every dog is welcome. We have the skills and the ability to work with all types of behavior issues. If a dog is not doing well in a class, our goal is to find the right situation whether it be a specialized class or private training, to help them be successful. We will not set a dog up to fail. And no one ever has to feel embarrassed by their dog’s behaviors. We are here to help. It is our job to help you and your dog learn how to better improve their behaviors.
The Learning Dog Training & Enrichment Center also offers drop off and train (drop your dog off for us to train), seminars, bite prevention seminars at vet offices, and fun pet events. And stop in to check out our retail area offering hard-to-find training tools and unique pet products.
While our name would suggest otherwise, we do offer private lessons for cats. Is your cat having aggression issues? Inappropriate urination in your home? Intercat aggression? Call us for a private lesson.
And finally, we are now offering service animal training! A service animal helps someone with a disability, to make them more independent. The Learning Dog is training all types of service animals, from mobility assistance, seeing or hearing eye dog, psychiatric assistance, PTSD, FASD/FASE, diabetic alert or seizure alert dogs, (plus more!) – we can meet your every need. Dogs are pulled from local shelters for training. We will assess your dog if you are interested in using your dog, but most dogs will not meet the requirements. Please call if you are interested in applying for a service dog.
We are looking for foster home to raise the shelter dogs through the beginning stages of service dog training. You must be able to come to classes and work with the dog daily. If interested please call today for more information! If you are unable to foster a dog, but want to donate money to help defer the cost of a service dog, please call or email Katie at Katie@thelearningdog.com.
Check out our two newest classes Fundamentals to Competition Agility & Crate Games Call for details.
One of our co-owners and trainers, Katie Costello, is offering some of her classes on a donation basis. You’ll see them listed with “DONATION BASED” next to them.
Katie is doing several fundraisers to raise money to build a center in Pleiku, Vietnam that treats people medically affected by Agent Orange, teaches them a trade, and serves as a respite house for the parents caring for their children and struggle to work because of their children’s disabilities. This is in honor of her father, a Vietnam veteran, who passed away in July of 2015.
Katie is working with COVVHA (Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance), a 501c3 that was founded to bring together the offspring of individuals exposed directly to Agent Orange. It was created in 2012 to seek support and justice for generational victims of this dioxin.
Please read Katie’s article in the Happy Trails newsletter, linked below, if you want more information: http://happytrailsfarm.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2016FebruaryMagazine1.pdf.