A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Whether you're wanting to get off on the right paw with your new best friend or your dreams for dog ownership are already drowning in chewed up furniture, endless barking, or threatening growls, I can help. Hi. I'm Melissa Childs and I'm a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed). That means you can rest assured that I know my stuff after demonstrating over 300 hours of teaching experience, a comprehensive understanding of dog behavior, and 12 hours of continuing education per year.
And, I promise that I'll never use pain and fear to teach you or your dog! I specialize in helping you address behavior problems and bond with your dog in a way that you'll be proud of and your dog will enjoy.
Give me a call and let's talk about how we can begin.
SERVICES AND FEES
I'll meet with you and your dog in Ottumwa, one-on-one, equipping you to address your dog's specific training needs.
Start your puppy off right or help your adult dog build focus and self-control around distractions while learning basic cues like sit, down, stay, leave it, and coming when called.
START RIGHT SESSIONS
Are you bringing home a new dog? Want a professional opinion on a dog you're thinking of adopting? Introducing two dogs for the first time? I can save you weeks and months of struggles by getting things off to a great start!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What kinds of things can you teach my dog?
Dog owners often call me with a problem they want help to solve. Some frequent requests include:
New puppy training
Shyness or fearfulness
Guarding possessions or people
Not getting along with other household pets
Bad manners (jumping up, chewing, housetraining issues)
Barking, lunging, or growing at unfamiliar people or dogs
I can help with all of these and more. I try to hear what you need for your dog to be a welcome addition to your family and help you make it happen. In the process, I'll help you build the bond you've always dreamed of by using training methods that build trust.
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