Whether you have a newly adopted dog who needs to learn to sit and lie down on cue, or a pet who behaves in a fearful or aggressive manner, The Sophisticated Dog is here to help. The Sophisticated Dog creates personalized training programs for everything from basic manners to issues such as reactivity, fear, aggression, separation anxiety, and more. We use pet-friendly, positive reinforcement methods -- methods that are based on proven scientific principles -- to achieve lasting results.
The Sophisticated Dog offers two types of training:
• Coaching is a more traditional program where we teach you how to train your pets, and you do most of the actual training. Coaching is great for people who want to learn new skills and spend time working with their pets.
• Day Training is a program in which our trainer comes to your home and trains your pet directly several times a week. You do not even need to be home during Day Training sessions. You then learn how to maintain your pet's new skills in periodic Owner Transfer Sessions. Day training is ideal for people who want a better-behaved pet but don't have a lot of free time.
The Sophisticated Dog's Director of Training, Irith Bloom is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer -- Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Irith is also certified in TAGteach, a training method that applies scientific principles to the teaching of human beings.
Irith has authored articles on training and behavior that have appeared in a variety of online publications, as well as in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog and Everydog. Irith is dedicated to keeping up with the latest advances in training and behavior science, and regularly attends and speaks at conferences and seminars. If you are interested in having Irith present at a seminar, conference or other event in your area, please click here.
All animals can benefit from training. Although our name is "The Sophisticated Dog," we also train other pets, such as cats, rabbits, and birds. If you are interested in finding out more about our training programs and how they can benefit your pet and your household, please contact us.