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Our Training Approach: WTF? (Why Train Forcefully?)

The training that we do is rewards-based. This means that we reward the dog for performing the correct behavior, ignore incorrect behavior, and redirect unwanted behavior. Dogs learn better in a relaxed environment where they feel safe and where there is little stress, which is why we choose to work with this approach. By ignoring incorrect behavior, the dog will not be introduced to stress while trying to learn; by redirecting unwanted behavior (that is, behavior that is disruptive or destructive, like chewing your Jimmy Choo shoes)we are teaching the dog not only what not to do, but more importantly, what to do.

A basic principle of learning is that if a behavior has a positive, enjoyable result, the chances of that behavior being repeated increase. Take the following example:

You and I are in the same location, and I ask you to come over to where I am. Once you come over I give you a $50.00 bill, and let you get on your merry way. Then I call you again, and when you come over to me, I give you another $50.00 bill. What is likely to happen once I call you once more? Chances are that you will come and see if I have another $50.00 bill for you.

In this example, I have rewarded your behavior by giving you $50.00. If you are like most folks, this will give you an incentive to repeat your behavior when I call you again.

Now, what would happen if you were to ignore me, or go somewhere else? Rather than yell at you for not doing what I am asking, I simply ignore you.
And I don't give you a $50.00 bill.
I don't give you anything at all.

Many folks often wonder if they aren't bribing their dog to follow their directions. They feel their dog should do this because, well because, dang it! Their dog should obey out of love for their person. The truth is that their dog will get there- but it will need help in the process.

How many times have you been misunderstood - where you told someone to meet you at a certain date and time, only to find out that they thought you were talking about next week? And this is a fellow human being who speaks the same language that you do. Now, have you ever tried to communicate with someone that doesn't speak your language? If you have, you know how difficult it is to be understood in this situation. And you are still talking to a fellow human being.

Now try talking to an alien. (okay- stay with me. Humor me on this one). Can you imagine trying to give directions to an alien that has no arms, a nose that covers two-thirds of their face, and is incapable of verbal speech? Now imagine that this alien is your dog. Yep- whenever we try to teach dogs anything, we are attempting to have successful inter-species communication. It's not easy, and many times this can result in confusion and frustration on both the person's part as well as the dog's!

At Waggers, we use what has been learned about canine behavior and learning to ease our communication with dogs. We motivate dogs to learn what we are attempting to teach them through rewards. It feels good to the dog to do what we are asking of it, making it a fun experience for both the dog and its owner. This results in a dog that enjoys working with its person, and in a person that learns how to communicate more effectively with their dog.

There's dog training.
And then there's Waggers Dog Training.
This is the Waggers Difference.

Rocket Science.

What does rocket science have to do with canine behavior? Actually, everything.

With bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's in aeronautical science, Lorena knows her science. Her work experience in these fields have taken her from Germany to White Sands Missile Range to Florida's Space Coast. She honed her problem-solving skills based on her educational foundation, which gave her an appreciation for the scientific method and its application. This knowledge and skill is put to good use when applying the science of animal behavior to training and helping your dog.

So while dog training isn't rocket science, it still is very much a science. It takes one that has been educated on it to understand and apply it to truly be effective in this field. And besides, while you may not need a rocket scientist to help you with your dog, you'll still be getting one. ;)

Certification.

Dog training is an unregulated field. Quality certifications ensure that you are putting your trust and your dog's behavioral well-being in the right hands.

Lorena has multiple certifications for dog training. She was awarded the elite Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner designation and is additionally accredited by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. These certifications show that Lorena has not only the knowledge but the skills needed to teach you and train your dog. These methods are backed by science and are used the world over with domestic and wild animals.

Affiliation.

Birds of a feather...

It's more than just belonging, or being part of an elite group. It's about what you believe and what you stand for.

Lorena has affiliated herself with international, national, and local groups that encourage the study of behavioral science. These groups don't just require excellence in the field of canine behavior and training; they also require the use of force-free methods in the course of the practice of the profession. Lorena has been hand-picked by Victoria Stilwell, star of "It's Me or the Dog", to join her Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training team, a global network of world-class positve reinforcement trainers. She's also a member of the Pet Professional Guild: The Association of Force-Free Pet Professionals, and is also affiliated with Family Paws Parent Education, the premier organization that promotes safety for families with dogs. Lorena's commitment is such that she is one of the founding members of the Central Florida Force-Free Trainers Network, a group of force-free animal behavior specialists in Central Florida who work together to help pets and their owners in the area.

Community Outreach.

Passion leads to action.

Lorena is involved in programs that bring the knowledge of canine safety to the community. Her work through Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training and its Dog Bite Prevention Conferences, Family Paws Parent Education where teaching parents-to-be and parents of young children how to ensure the safety of all at home is the main objective, and through Doggone Safe where she is a licensed presenter for the "Be a Tree" program, teaching schoolchildren safety around dogs, has touched many in the community.

It's much more than teaching dogs specific behaviors. Community outreach is about responsiblity and the need to spread the knowledge about dogs in order to make our community that much safer for everone.

Education.

It matters.

Experience without education can be a very dangerous thing. You can be rest assured that Lorena has already proven herself in academia yet is always seeking to add to her knowledge. Continuing education is a hallmark of what Waggers Dog Training has to offer. By her regular attendance at conferences and advanced courses in animal behavior and training, you will benefit from having the latest scientific findings applied to you and your dog, ensuring that you have the cutting edge training available to you.

Impact.

When we talk, people listen.

30,000 Internet Users are proof- Our latest educational video featured on our YouTube channel, WaggersDogTraining, recently went viral. An exlusive service of Waggers, this same video behavior anaysis of your very own dog will provide you another level of undertstanding canine behavior like you never have before. Spanning multiple media outlets, Lorena has contributed to the book 'Top Tips from Top Trainers', been featured on an internet radio show, shared her expertise and advice in an eBook and in several online articles, and has been featured in the Orlando Sentinel.

Daycare: Work in Progress

When it's done the right way, daycare can be a boon to the dogs that enjoy it. This is why we are still a work in progress with this part of what we offer. We want to make sure that the daycare that we open will be a facility that offers the right activities for the dogs who come to enjoy it, and that it is staffed only by those who not only understand canine body language, but know how to guide the dogs' interactions appropriately, without the use of force.

We truly look forward to opening this phase of our canine adventure! It's worth the wait. Truly. Positively.

Little Waggers SM

Format of Program:     Private Training in Your Home in the Orlando area

Length of Program:     4 sessions

Cost:     $360.00 (additional travel charges may apply depending on location)

The cute face, the warm and furry body... Puppy breath! Yes, it IS puppy love!

Raising a puppy is an incredibly rewarding experience- and rasing your puppy right will bring you years of wonderful companionship. It will set your pup up for a happy life, not to mention give you peace of mind as your fuzzy baby develops!

The Little WaggersSM program will teach you how to make sure that your puppy's behavioral development stays on track. It will show you what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.

Did you realize that during the first few weeks that you have your puppy a scary experience can stay with him for life? And that there is a precious window of time in which you can introduce your puppy to all that it may be exposed to in his life so that he handles stress in an effective manner?

How about knowing how to properly potty train your little leaker? And how to enjoy a play session without having your personal Tasmanian Devil shred your hands?

If you have a puppy, contact us! You have a great adventure ahead of you- let us help you get off to the best start!

Waggers MannersSM

Format of Program:     Private Training in Your Home in the Orlando area

Length of Program:     6 sessions

Cost:     $500.00 (additional travel charges may apply depending on location)

The moment you bring your pup/dog home, it will need to learn how to live with the crazy species called homo sapiens-sapiens (translation: odd, two-legged creatures that claim to know all there is to know, expressly for the sheer comic relief it causes all the other species on this planet).

That means, us. Humans.

A dog is a dog. It comes to us knowing only doggie things. And.. some doggie things just are not acceptable in the human society into which they are thrust. Ours is an alien, confusing, and dangerous world, and your dog needs you to guide it through these waters. Not only for its own safety, but also for safety of your sanity. You dog needs training. And, for that matter, so do you.

The Waggers MannersSM program will show you and your dog the basic commands that will help it live in harmony with you. Important and basic commands, such as sitting and laying down (and staying!!!), coming when called, walking loosely on a leash and heeling, leaving and object when asked to do so, and being able to run back to you in case of an emergency.

During training, you will also be shown how your dog learns these things, how it processes the information that we give it, and how you can get better at making yourself understood by your buddy. What you can learn in this program goes beyond having your dog respond to a command that you give. It can take your relationship to a whole new level.

Set yourself and your dog up for success! Call or email us today!

Foundation Skills

Format of Program:     Private Training in Your Home in the Orlando area

Length of Program:     6 sessions

Cost:     $500.00 (additional travel charges may apply depending on location)

Training your dog is more than just teaching your dog to sit, or stay, or heel. It's much more than just having your dog respond to your cues, and it goes WAY beyond obedience training. You can actually teach your dog to do anything that your dog is capable of physically doing. Really!!

The Foundation Skills program is as much a course for you as it is for your dog. This course will give you (your dog's trainer) the foundation skills to really understand one of the best ways to train any animal: clicker training. Clicker training is used for many species, including non-domesticated animals, like those you see at Sea World and in many of the world's most progressive zoos. It is also the tool of choice used for animal actors both on stage, television, and in film. The reason it is so widely used, is that when applied correctly, learning happens quickly, without confrontation, and it simply works. Not to mention, that both animals and humans quickly become addicted to it!

Taught by a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, you can be sure that you are learning the skills from someone that has been taught by the best in the business, and has proven not only to understand the science behind it, but knows how to teach it to animals.

This course will teach you and your dog the foundation skills on which you can teach pretty much anything you'd like your dog to learn by teaching them some basic behaviors. Even if these are behaviors your dog already knows, teaching them using the guidance of this course will give you the knowledge of how you can communicate with your dog in a systematic, science-backed manner, and will teach your dog to understand the language of the clicker.

Curious as to what your dog could possibly learn with clicker training? Check out the following videos to see some animal geniuses at work!

  • Carolyn Scott and Rookie dancing to Grease's 'You're the One that I Want'
  • Simon the Bird
  • Clicker-trained Horse
  • Clicker-trained Kitty
  • Clicker-trained Chickens Thanks to fellow VSPDT and KPA CTP Patrick Danforth of Click to Zen for this video!

Canine Good Citizen ® Preparation

Format of Program:     Private Training in Your Home and at Public Places in the Orlando area

Length of Program:     6 sessions

Cost:     $500.00 (additional travel charges may apply depending on location)

Since 1989, the American Kennel Club has been rewarding dogs who are well-behaved at home and in public with the Canine Good Citizen ® (CGC) Certificate. Not only does it show that the dog has basic good manners and that the dog parent is a responsible one, but it is now an acknowledged title that you can select to include in your dog's official registered name!

In order for a dog to be rewarded with the certificate, he or she will need to pass a test administered by a registered CGC Evaluator.

The test consists of advanced calculus, Latin, and canine anatomy.

Just kidding.

The test puts the dog and his or her handler in various situations that the dog can encounter in everyday life. During these scenarios, the dog's owner demonstrates that the dog is under control and is well-behaved. Some examples of the scenarios are having the dog behave when another person approaches the handler (that's you, the owner) and stops for a quick exchange; having the dog behave and remain under control when the above scenario is repeated, but the approaching person has a dog of his or her own; having the dog behave and remain under control when walking by a crowd of people; when someone approaches the dog in order to pet it; when someone inspects the dog's paws and ears; when someone brushes the dog, etc. For detailed information on the test, visit the AKC's CGC Test Items webpage.

Our Canine Good Citizen ® Preparation program will help you and your dog master these scenarios, in the process making your dog's appearance in public be a source of pride and joy instead of a stressful (if at times funny in a slapstick kind of way) experience.

The pre-requisite for this program is that you and your dog have completed a basic obedience course that included the commands for sit, down, stay, walking loosely on a leash, and heeling. The successful completion of the program will set you and your dog for success for taking this test, and will help you expand on the basic obedience training that you have completed with your dog. And once you pass the test, you can send for an official Canine Good Citizen ® Certificate from the AKC.

It will look great on your wall right next to your certificates for advanced calculus, Latin, and canine anatomy.

Call or email today for more information!

Behavior Modification

Format of Program:     Private Training in Your Home in the Orlando area

Length of Program:     6 sessions

Cost:     $600.00 (additional travel charges may apply depending on location)

Behavior issues mean different things to different people. For some, these may include things such as getting help with housetraining a dog or puppy, or getting them to stop jumping on people, or chewing on the furniture, or, um, well, showing amorous behavior to any object that crosses their path.

While these are behavioral issues, they are the type that can be addressed in either the Little WaggersSM or the Waggers MannersSM programs. However, they can also be addressed in a one-time, one-on-one session, priced at $120.00

The Behavior Modification Package that Waggers Doggie Daycare and Training ® offers addresses the issues that pertain to dogs who are having issues of reactivity. - Yeah, I just got all fancy on you, didn't I? Reactivity is simply where a dog will react to situations in a way that is exaggerated by human standards. To quote the movie The Princess Bride: "let me explain... No, there is too much. Let me sum up." (simply because it's too long to post on the website):

If you have a dog that you consider "aggressive" or "fearful", where they pretty much go nuts when they see another dog, or when people approach it (or you), you may have a reactive dog. These dogs can be helped to where you can keep them calm in this situation. How calm will depend on two factors:

  1. The dog's predisposition and innate temperament, and
  2. How much you, as the dog's person, are willing to work with your dog.

This service includes a consultation, needed to help determine the best course of action to take. From the findings from this consultation, a behavior modification protocol will be developed and established.

The conclusion of the package will not guarantee your dog is "cured" of its behavior issue(s). It is imperative that the owner understands that a dog with these types of issues will in all likelihood require a long-term commitment (in some cases for the life of their dog) in order to help the dog out. The package will give the owner a good sense of what will be needed for this, and after its conclusion, the owner is free to decide whether to sign up for another package or not.

Waggers and DiapersSM

Format of Program:     Private Training in Your Home in the Orlando area

Length of Program:     6 sessions

Cost:     $500.00 (additional travel charges may apply depending on location)

Congratulations! So you will soon be adding a new member of the human variety to your family. This is a time of excitement, wonder, preparation, and sheer terror at times.

Take a deep breath- you are going through the typical emotions of every expectant parent.

Because preparation is such a big part of this process, you wonder if you are forgetting anything. The fact that you are reading about this program shows that you care about your canine charge, and want to make sure that you take the necessary steps to mitigate any issues once baby arrives. Good for you!

Your pup will have NO idea what hit it. While you are busy adapting to your new chapter in life as a new parent, your dog will also have to do some major adjusting. He will be baffled by the tiny bundle that screams, poops, and is carried around by you 24/7. (No, I'm not really exaggerating. It is round-the-clock with new infants. But take heart, this particular phase really is temporary). But yes, your dog will wonder what you are up to and why he's not getting the attention he's used to.

Then baby will start to get mobile, and now puppy will be under attack by a curious, clumsy infant. Who likes to pull the fur, the tail, the ears, and poke eyes. Oh, and this creature drools more than a hungry St. Bernard! (You may want to load up on bibs for when teething starts...) And did I forget to mention the squeals that are emitted for no apparent reason? And then your dog will try to move out of the way of this tiny explorer, only to cause the baby to tumble to the floor, resulting in even more noise, now in the form of wails.

And after this, it gets complicated, what with crawling, unstable walking, and sharing of snacks.

Face it- your dog is going to need your help.

The Waggers and Diapers program will help you take the necessary steps to prepare you and your dog for the arrival of your bundle of joy. It will also help you understand some of the changes that will most likely come your way, and how they will affect the routine that you currently have with your pup.

This isn't babyproofing your dog. That's because your dog will always be a dog. This is about helping you, as the parents, understand how to best change your routine so that your baby and your dog can enjoy each other safely, while making sure that your pup understands how to respond to you once baby comes home.

There is much to do, so the sooner you can start to prepare you dog, the better off you will all be. Keep in mind that your pup thrives on routines, so the longer you have her "rehearsing" the appropriate behaviors prior to baby arriving, the less stressed she will be, making the transition to this new phase in all your lives that much easier.

Set yourself and your dog up for success! Call or email us today!

We are more than dog training.

We are dog lovers. We are parents. We are passionate about your relationship with your dog. We are fully vested in the application of the sciences of canine behavior and learning in offering our services to you and your dog. We believe in sharing this information with our clients in order to empower you to take your relationship with your dog to the level it was meant to be.

Our Certified Professional Dog Trainer and all-around Canine Behavior Specialist, Lorena, has been serving southwest Orlando, FL since 2004.

Our areas of service include:

Hunter's Creek
Dr. Phillips
Windermere
Winter Garden
Celebration
Davenport

We coach people to train their dogs.

Go ahead, read that again. We coach people to train their dogs. Yes, we can train the dogs ourselves, and we'll help you do that. However, the most important part of our mission is to teach people how to train, teach, and guide their dogs. Why? For one thing, the dogs are living with you, not us. It stands to reason that we would all like for the dog to listen to YOU.

The most prevalent reason that dogs are surrendered to the local pound is behavior, or rather, unwanted behavior that the owners don't know how to "fix". We want to bring the knowledge of how to properly communicate with dogs (and to let the dog realize that they are being understood) to dog owners.

The human-canine relationship is one that has evolved over literally millenia. Most people only scratch the surface of what that relationship can bring. With the right knowlege and guidance, that relationship can bring so very much more to both species.

We educate people on how to be safe around dogs.

Through our affiliation with international organizations, we offer dog safety presentation to schoolchildren through Doggone Safe's "Be a Tree" Program, coach parents-to-be and parents of young children how to safely live with their children and dogs by working with Family Paws Parent Education, and educate the public on dog safety through the promotion of the Dog Bite Prevention Conferences through Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training.

Canine Education Without Intimidation TM.

You probably already saw that already on the main screen. There's a reason why that's the first thing that pops up.

NO DOG, NO ANIMAL, SHOULD BE SUBJECTED TO PAIN, FEAR, BULLYING, OR INTIMIDATION IN THE PROCESS OF LEARNING.

PERIOD.

The fields of animal (that includes dogs) behavior and learning have come a long way in the past 20 years. Turns out that the belief in alpha dogs and dominance is actually baseless. This is great news! No one needs to worry about establishing themselves as the "pack leader" nor making their dog submit to them. All that needs to be done is to show your dog she's safe, find out what motivates her, and use it to your advantage.

Science has shown that using positive reinforcement and gentle, non-confrontational, force-free methods not only does a better job at teaching your dog (or any animal), but it also prevents unintended behavioral issues that commonly arise from the use of the outdated methods based on (erroneous) wolf pack theories. Positive reinforcement-based training is safer, effective, and builds (rather than destroys) the relationship between dogs and their people.