Dog Training Positively Improves Life With Your Dog

USING FORCE-FREE ETHICAL METHODS TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO LIVE THE BEST LIFE WITH THEIR DOG
Specializing in family dog mediation 

AKC Evaluator
and Instructor for: 

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Training Service Area covers parts of Middlesex & Worcester Counties
*Online training options with no geographical restrictions available           
check in-person if local or Zoom for anywhere 

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WHAT WE HELP WITH 

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PUPPY 
TRAINING -
I COACH YOU HOW TO SHOW YOUR PUPPY HOW TO BECOME A GREAT DOG 

Getting a new puppy or recently brought one into your family and want to make certain you do things right? In the first session, you'll learn the true foundation behaviors that aren't what you think but will lead to an attentive dog who doesn't pull on leash, knows where to eliminate, and knows how to settle when you need them to.  

*Includes email/phone support which expires 2 weeks after the last booked session. Purchasing additional sessions extends out support time and provides a discount for subsequent sessions. 

From:

$150  initial 1hr session  

*subsequent 1hr sessions are $120

$80
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COMMON DOG PROBLEM & MANNERS
TRAINING

I COACH YOU HOW TO STOP YOUR DOG FROM PRESENTING UNWANTED BEHAVIORS

Does your six months or older dog pull on a leash, jump up on visitors, counter surf, or not listen well? I can help with these common issues so that you have the well-mannered dog you, your family and your friends love to be around. Family dog mediation helps show your dog what behaviors you like and your family how to get your dog to produce those behaviors.  

*Includes email/phone support which expires 2 weeks after the last booked session. Purchasing additional sessions extends out support time and provides a discount for subsequent sessions.

From:

$160  initial 1hr session

*subsequent 1hr sessions are $130

$90
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DOG TRAINING SESSION - SPECIFIC ISSUES
I COACH YOU HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DOG THROUGH SPECIFIC CONCERNS

Want to learn the secret sauce to creating a wonderful dog and a wonderful relationship with them or have a specific issue not covered under "problem training"? I'll come show you how to work on reactivity, manners, tricks or most anything you would like for your furry friend. 

*Includes email/phone support which expires 2 weeks after the last booked session. Purchasing additional sessions extends out support time and provides a discount for subsequent sessions.

From:

$175 initial 1hr session

*subsequent 1hr sessions are $140

$100
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AGILITY CLASSES - INTRODUCE YOUR PUPPY OR DOG TO THE WORLD OF AGILITY

Includes training in motivational gaming, confidence-building, and basic handling skills; all the way up to competition if you choose that journey with your dog.

Classes are held at Gemini Dogs in Littleton, MA. For more information click here. To register, click the button below.  

From:

$225 for 6 weeks of classes 

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PUPPY BOARD & TRAIN -
I TRAIN YOUR PUP IN REAL LIFE SITUATIONS IN MY HOME - GREAT TO GIVE PUPPIES A HEAD START

NOT ACCEPTING NEW BOOKINGS FOR THIS SERVICE

Is potty and crate training a problem? Is your puppy constantly biting you and running off with things in their mouth? Would you like a jumpstart on some manners but don't have the time to take them to training? I can help, give me at least a couple of weeks and I'll help shape them into the best dogs. Canine fitness training is part of the program! We will need to schedule a time to review what I have taught your dog to keep things consistent, that time is included in the charge. Weeks can be broken up over 3-4 day sessions, leaving you time to be back with your pup to work on bonding. 

*Includes a personalized action plan & email/phone support which expires 30 days after your dog returns home. Purchasing additional training sessions extends out support time. 

From:

$2800 

total for 2 weeks

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ENRICHMENT TRAINING-
I COACH YOU ON HOW TO INNATELY SATISFY YOUR DOG'S NATURAL BEHAVIORS TO HELP REDUCE UNWANTED BEHAVIORS 

Dogs are born with natural behaviors that they find satisfying to perform like chewing, digging, sniffing, searching, shredding, licking and many more. By allowing your dog to perform these behaviors through outlets such as nose work, puzzles, designated dig areas, or sniffing exercises, you can help prevent problem behaviors and give your dog healthy outlets for their needs. Basically, let a dog be a dog so you have a happier better behaved dog! 

In a half-hour session I can come show you how to add enrichment into your dog's life, or just do it for you.

From:

$60

per 1/2 hr session

Learn about your Certified  Professional Dog Trainer

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Cara Armour grew up with a myriad of pets and anytime she wanted to bring a dog into the house her parents required her to take them to training classes. She loved not only learning from those classes but had a particularly close bond with the dog she would bring.

 

When she started her pet care business in 2003, she found herself dealing face first with some challenging dogs. Some that would pull, others that would jump and yet others that would pee upon her arrival. She and Gerard consulted with some trainers, even about their own dogs having recall and reactivity issues but the training never felt right. It was aversive, using choke chains, prong collars and other tools that caused your dog to behave out of fear and didn't make you feel good about using these tools. 

Finally after meeting Martha Francis from Fetch Dog Training Cara was introduced to the world of positive reinforcement training using tools like clickers. It was then that training literally clicked. Bad behaviors extinguished new and good behaviors rewarded. Cara was able to have success with client dogs learning that loose leash walking was rewarded and pulling meant they went nowhere. Dogs that jumped suddenly stopped offering the behavior because she learned to stop offering attention of any kind.  Cara learned that the secret to a good dog becoming great is being proactive instead of reactive.  

 

In 2011 she took a detour from learning more formalized dog training because she also had a passion for animal health and safety. Cara felt that she had enough knowledge to work positively with her client's pets but wanted to share pet first aid & CPR with the world. That year she became a certified pet first aid & CPR instructor and in 2015 she built an online certification course. Cara continued her passion to keep pets happy and healthy by joining ProTrainings and becoming the manager of ProPetHero, their ER veterinary pet first aid & CPR certification division. But as the focus on saving the world's pets became successful, so did the training of her personal dogs. 

 

In 2013 after suffering the loss of her previous Boxers from a disease that could have been prevented by better breeding practices, Cara researched getting a Boxer from a reputable breeder who bred away from known health issues. She knew in order to improve the breed she loved, she had to have a hand in helping, and this meant breeding as well as conformation. What she didn't realize is that despite the Boxer she worked so hard to find being genetically and physically everything she dreamed of, she also stumbled into other things she had no idea about but they became her new dreams, dog sports - particularly agility. 

Debbie (yes, that is her dog's name) and Cara quickly found themselves at agility classes, fully immersed back in the face of positive reinforcement training only this went beyond stopping leash pulling and jumping up inappropriately. Agility showed Cara that she could get her best friend around an entire course with just the positioning of her body. The level of communication and the bond she built with her dog was incredible, and she wanted to learn more and more.

 

Eventually, this agility addiction would lead Cara and her Boxer Debbie to rise to the ranks of eligibility and success at Westminster, AKC Nationals, and her massive goal, to become the #1 preferred AKC agility Boxer and get invited to 2019 Invitationals, which she not only made, but was a finalist placing 8th in the 20-inch class, beating 121 other dogs. In 2020 Debbie and Cara became the very first Boxer team to win the lifetime award of Agility Grand Champion (AGCH). They proceeded to be invited to the 2020 AKC agility Invitationals, made finals again but this time placed 2nd! The journey continued with an invitation to the most prestigious AKC agility event, the 2021 AKC Agility Premier Cup. There have been many first for their team, they continue to set the bar as the highest preferred agility champion Boxer ever, first Boxer to be awarded premier class titles, first Boxer to ever achieve the Agility Grand Championship and they continue to qualify for AKC national events, including the 2022 nationals and again to AKC Agility Invitationals for 2021!   

 

All goals seemed to just get crushed despite massive setbacks. Breeding, other sports, having and raising litters from Debbie, from Debbie's offspring, COVID-19 and of course still having to work to pay for all of this! But Cara continued to work hard at everything she did so that she and Debbie could enjoy every moment together. She now enjoys even more training and ring time with her two offspring, Walter and Phoenix. Walter has earned his Master Agility Championship and is currently the #4 ranked AKC agility Boxer, he also is phenomenal at scent work. Phoenix is a rising star and on her way to her agility championship as well and like Walter, excels in scent work. 

Dogs have literally brought intense meaning to Cara's life, so much so that she met her life partner, business partner - her husband at a dog park. They have shaped her life, keep her waking up with a smile each morning and inspire her to get out and do things! 

 

Cara now proudly holds the distinction of a certified professional dog trainer through the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy. She was trained by Emma Parsons and is now proud to be a KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner). She is also working on completing her training to become a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer so that she can further keep dogs happy and healthy. She is a registered AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator as well as Trick Dog and virtual manners. Cara is also a certified AKC S.T.A.R. puppy instructor and evaluator. 

Cara has continued her studies by attending these seminars:

March 2, 2012 - Malena DeMartini-Price, CTC and Gina Phairis, BSC Comms, CTC Fixing the Unfixable: A New Look at Separation Anxiety

Jun 19, 2016 - Amanda Shyne puppy agility at Master Peace                            
Mar 25, 2017- Amanda Shyne weave poles                            
Apr 21, 2018 - Amanda Shyne jumps                            
Apr 22, 2018 - Amanda Shyne weaves poles                        
5/5/2018 - Silvia Trkman running contacts                            
6/9-6/10/2018 - Sue Sternberg Dog-Human Environment: Sociability & Aggression & Puppy & Adult Mouthing; Aggression & Safe/Defensive Handling        
8/30/2018- Sarah Stremming Push Button starts and consent to work

February 2019- Fitness Trainer Certificate Program through Fenzi Sports Dog Academy

September 2019- Reducing Overarousal and Reactivity via the Circle Method of Leash Walking by Denise Fenzi of Fenzi Sports Dog Academy

October 2019 - Walking with Reactive Dogs by Amy Cook through Fenzi Sports Dog Academy

October 2019- Diane Patterson's String Theory, training yourself to see where your dog is coming from, going to and where it is on an agility course 

January 2022- Karen Pryor Clicker Expo

  • Right From the Start! Agility Skills and Foundations Skills 

  • Training Squats: The Ups and Downs of Shifting Criteria 

  • A Successful Approach: Your Dog Controls the Distance 

  • Fido Loves Fluffy: Creating Calm in a Cat and Dog Household 

Cara Armour and her dog Debbie at the 2019 AKC Agility Invitational Finals