Karma Dog Training
Before you can choose an actual dog trainer, I believe you must first decide what kind of bond you want to establish with your dog. Do you want a relationship based on Intimidation and Force or would you like one based on Cooperation and Trust? Do you want to use Pain to get your dog to listen to you or would you rather use Pleasure? Choke chains or Cookies? It really is a choice. To take it a step further, I truly believe every single one of us raising dogs today share an incredible responsibility in determining how our dogs will view their world. Will they see through the eyes of fear or through the eyes of love? The latter is only possible with a process of training and interacting with your dog that uplifts his spirit rather than tears it down. In most cases, both techniques could produce the results you want. However, only one method will feel right in your heart.
A gentle, effective, and enlightened approach to dog training
- Jeffrey Brian Liebowitz
(Founder of Karma Dog Training & author of A Walk Towards Heaven)
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Karma Dog Training was formed in 2004 and has since earned the respect of countless Austin dog trainers and Austin dog behaviorists as well as the endorsement of well-respected Austin veterinarians. Dr. Ian Dunbar, founder of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) has called Karma Dog Training's TPSP sponsored Austin puppy training and socialization classes "a wonderful way to socialize puppies in a safe and responsible manner." Dr. R. K. Anderson, the venerable DVM to the veterinarians has also endorsed Karma Dog Training's early puppy kindergarten and socialization class. Karma Dog Training has also received endorsements from many other Austin veterinarians, doggie day care professionals, rescue organizations and animal control officers throughout Austin. Feel free to visit our testimonials page.
Karma Dog Training boasts an experienced and qualified staff of dog trainers and behaviorists throughout the Austin area. We provide basic dog obedience classes, puppy training and puppy socialization classes, dog behavior modification training and in-home private dog training to clients 7 days a week, from 8:00am to 8:00pm. If you would like to speak to a Austin dog trainer or a Austin dog behaviorist and you are in the greater Austin area, please contact us at 1-800-479-DOGS (3647).
Founder and CEO of Karma Dog Training Inc., Jeffrey Brian Liebowitz, developed our Austin Puppy Training, Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience and Dog Training education courses. He has developed a Zen like application for teaching clients called the "Karma Dog Training Method", that is considered among his clients to be the most gentle, effective and enlightened approach to puppy/dog training available.
Our Austin dog training company boasts a staff of professional dog trainers who specialize in canine behavior modification. For more detailed information about our staff of Austin dog trainers and animal behaviorists in the Austin area, please read our Bio Page.
Karma Dog Training offers comprehensive and affordable dog training programs for puppies through adults, and works with all breeds from chihuahuas to pit bulls. In our Austin puppy training classes, we cover the entire puppy training essentials from potty training to walking nicely on a leash. We also go over all the puppy basics such as puppy chewing, puppy nipping, puppy jumping and puppy barking, not just housetraining. In addition, our Austin puppy kindergarten and puppy socialization classes cover all aspects of basic dog obedience with Karma Dog Training's "7 Requests for Success" and the "7 Steps to Become your Dog's Alpha Angel."
Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such puppy socialization before they are fully
In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the puppy class. Puppy socialization classes offer a safe and organized means of socializing puppies and more quickly improve their responsiveness to requests. Early and adequate puppy socialization and programs of positive dog training can go a long way to preventing behavior problems and improving bonding between humans and dogs. While the first three months is the most important puppy socialization period in a puppy’s life, owners of puppies that have passed this milestone are strongly encouraged to continue to socialize their puppies to as many people, pets, and locations as practical.
In our Austin basic obedience training classes, we cover all aspects of basic obedience dog training using a combination of hand signals and voice cues. We use NO harsh corrections. Our Austin basic obedience dog training class is identical to our Austin puppy kindergarten and socialization class, except it is tailored for dogs 6 months of age and up and is taught on leash. By attending one of Karma Dog Training's innovative and entertaining group dog training classes, you can expect to develop the tools, strategies and knowledge to deal effectively with all aspects of your dog's behavior, including learning an all-inclusive in depth introduction to "The Karma Dog Training Method". These timeless teachings will give you the skills to gently shape your dog’s responses and begin a process of communication with your dog built on the foundation of cooperation and mutual respect. We offer reduced pricing for clients with rescue dogs and dogs adopted from any of the Austin dog shelters.
In our Austin private dog training sessions, and during our private dog coaching sessions, we cover all aspects of basic dog obedience as well as dog behavior modification. Basic dog obedience is where we train in a new behavior. Dog behavior modification is where we change an existing dog behavior. This includes but is not limited to training in or modifying leash etiquette, chewing, dog resource guarding, barking, separation anxiety, leash lunging, leash aggression, dog-on-dog aggression and dog to human aggression.
The Karma Dog Training private dog training program is designed to empower you with the focus, training and accountability you need to achieve the consistent results you desire. Just as a personal fitness trainer helps you raise your standards for accelerated results in your body, your Karma Dog Training trainer will challenge and support you in attaining the results you desire and deserve with your dog.
You will work with a highly skilled dog trainer selected to closely match your individual needs. You will take massive, intelligent action to achieve your dog training goals. Your personal dog trainer will empower you by holding you accountable to the commitments you make. Your private dog trainer will help measure, monitor and manage your dog's progress, and along the way support you to take consistent action that leads to the results you desire.
At Karma Dog Training, it's our belief that when choosing a puppy trainer or dog trainer it's important to choose the Austin dog training School that shares your values, and that will recognize your dog's innate right to be taught with patience, love and respect. This is precisely the reason why Karma Dog Training's gentle and enlightened approach to dog training appeals to hundreds of Austin puppy and dog owners each year.
Our Board and Train Program is designed so that your dog’s receives the best dog training we can offer with the goal of responding to you when they return home. It is usually a one, two or three week program, and depending on which program you choose, is followed by 1 to 3 private in home dog training sessions as well as unlimited group dog obedience or puppy classes for up to six months. We offer a FREE in person 30-minute consultation to see which board and train program is best for you. If your dog is accepted into our Austin board and train program, your dog will come and live in one of our dog trainer's home and receive daily dog training lessons. Your dog will be trained inside the home, outside on the street, around other dogs, at the park etc.
In between dog training sessions, your dog will receive ample exercise, lots of playtime, have plenty of time to relax and get to hang out with several other dogs when not training. We do not cage your dog under any circumstance unless specifically requested by you to do so, or if its part of a house training program that you decided upon. The Austin board and train fee includes all training and boarding, all in-home follow up lessons and all discounted and/or unlimited group classes for up to 6 months.
Karma Dog Training’s Austin “Board and Train” program uses ONLY positive reinforcement dog training methods. Some dog training companies who offer “Board and Train” will do whatever it takes to get quick results with your dog including employing choke chains and shock collars. Karma Dog Training will NOT employ any kind of aversive dog training techniques on your dog unless specifically requested by you and agreed by us beforehand.
If you are interested in having your dog trained as a service dog, Karma Dog Training can also help you. Dogs have proven their usefulness to humans for centuries, and no more so than in becoming service dogs. Knowing what it takes to have your dog trained as a service dog, and more importantly designated as a service dog in the city of Austin, will make your life much easier no matter what your handicap.
Becoming a therapy dog team is a rewarding volunteer activity for everyone involved. Therapy dogs serve in a variety of roles. Some of them visit people in hospitals and long term care facilities, others participate in reading programs at schools, some go into advanced training and respond to emergency situations and help people to remain calm and feel safe while talking to authorities. There are many jobs for therapy dog teams to participate in.
If you are calling around to other Austin dog trainers or have tried other dog trainers only to be turned off to the idea of training your dog because of the method of training used, please consider that you and your dog may just need a different approach. A dog trainer who simply sees your dog as just a dog, may not always be able to help because they are only trained to evaluate your dog's behavior, as opposed to seeing your dog from a holistic perspective.
Karma Dog Training's staff of professional dog trainers and behavior specialists are not only trained to understand basic obedience training and how to prevent and manage dog behavior problems, but we also understand that your dog is a soul, just like you and I. This allows us to get to the root of the psychological and spiritual aspects of problem behavior. In addition, in all of our Austin puppy kindergarten and dog training classes, we're able to give you a greater understanding of your dog's behavioral obstacles and how they originated. We then provide you with many practical applications on how to overcome them turning them from potential negative experiences into positive healing opportunities.
When you sign up for any one of our Austin puppy training or basic obedience classes in the Austin area, in addition to receiving excellent instruction in class, you will also be given a unique user name and password to access the online Karma Dog Training Educational Center. It is here where you can download all of the essential Karma Dog Training course materials in easy to access PDF format documents. This password protected part of the website is only made available to our registered puppy kindergarten and dog training clients. As a Karma Dog Training client, you'll also learn how to maintain your dog's progress after training has finished by understanding and implementing: Karma Dog Training's "5 in 5" Easy Maintenance Schedule, how to substitute using training treats for "Real Life Rewards", how to turn your morning dog walk into your "Meditation Walk" and how to master our "Training with Tranquility" Ritual.
At Karma Dog Training, when it comes to focusing and treating more serious dog-behavioral issues such as dog leash reactivity, dog leash lunging, dog leash excitement, dog-on-dog aggression, dog separation anxiety and dog-on-human aggression, our staff of Austin dog behaviorists and Austin dog trainers will always try and obtain as much information as possible on the history of your dog and if appropriate, then schedule an initial in-home evaluation. If we are unable to help you for whatever reason, we will guide you in the right direction of a dog training professional who can. In certain cases, we can also assist you in the rehoming process. There are many dog trainers in the Austin area that may not have the experience or aptitude dealing with aggressive dogs. That is okay. Dog aggression and dog anxiety cases are not for every dog trainer. At Karma Dog Training, our dog behaviorists and dog trainers will never advise euthanasia for aggressive dogs if there are plausible alternative choices that should be considered first. If you find yourself with an aggressive dog, please call us to discuss your options rather than just dropping your dog off at the shelter.
Karma Dog Training uses gentle and effective, 100% positive reinforcement training and behavior shaping techniques endorsed by the AHA, HSUS, SPCA, ASPCA and most Schools of Veterinary Medicine. You'll also benefit by teachings based on safe and gentle behavior principles such as Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Shaping, Jeff's "Training without Training" technique, Canine Communications, and the Spiritual Aspects of Training.
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