Reward-Based Training Options
Are You Looking for Training for Your Dog?
You have come to the right place! At Arie's Dogland we have options for just about every dog with any and every issue, from everything you need to know about your new puppy, to fixing those problem behaviors in your adult dog! We offer private sessions (with Arie), reactive dog packages, and more!
About Arie (the owner) and her training . . .
I grew up with animals, and have been training dogs since my first dog as a kid: a yellow Labrador Retriever. She inspired me to start working with dogs who need behavior training, and I’ve been teaching dog obedience and behavior-modification training ever since. After being certified with Penn Foster College as a Dog Obedience Instructor, I opened Arie’s Dog Training L.L.C. in 2006 and started teaching in-home behavior-modification sessions, as well as group classes taught at parks and other rented spaces. I have worked at two boarding kennels, Jack & Rascal’s on the westside as the head obedience trainer for two years, and have also worked for the Assistance Dogs of the West (www.AssistanceDogsoftheWest.org) in Sante fe and Albuquerque, which was one of my favorite jobs. I now train exclusively and work full-time at Arie’s Dogland, teaching classes, working during the week as a playgroup supervisor, and doing private sessions as well.
I have been a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, am an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and one of my past dogs (Sarge) was a registered visiting dog with the Warm Hearts Network. I have been featured twice on both KASA Fox 2 in the morning and “Style” for live behavior segments (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPc4MBc1DvA), I have had many training articles published in the “Ask a Pet Pro” section in Albuquerque the Magazine, and have had an online training column on the Luvin’ Labs Foundation website (www.LuvinLabs.com). I offer discounted private session training for foster dogs, and work with many rescue groups such as the Luvin Labs Foundation, Viva Rural Animal Rescue, EnchantMutts, the Doberman Rescue of NM, etc. I am a volunteer for the city shelter, helping exercise dogs at the Westside shelter whenever I can. I have been featured on Living Social, running the first dog training promo in the state, and had over 300 vouchers sold, with 100% positive customer feedback. I was voted “Best Dog Training” with Albuquerque the Magazine’s annual “Best of the City” many years, as well as with the Albuquerque Journal. My wife Miranda (who is the General Manager at Arie's Dogland) and I currently have an Irish Wolfhound named Sven, a terrier/poodle mix named Zero, and a super friendly and outgoing German Shepherd named Myers, who is my current helper dog whenever needed. My most recent project is that of writing a book/manual on working with dog aggression and reactivity (in my spare time... ha!).
I DO use and promote:
– Reward-based training methods
– Natural and common-sense behavior modification
– A well-rounded and holistic training approach,
including a healthy diet and stress-reduction methods
– Calming tools such as the Thundershirt (which we sell),
melatonin, essential oils, etc.
- Training styles such as those used by Victoria Stillwell, Pat Miller,
Sophia Yin, Zak George, etc.
I DON’T use or promote:
- Fear or punishment-based methods (which will make
- Cesar Millan (force-based) training methods
- Prong collars, choke chains, or "E-collars" - these are electric shock collars, and should never be used on a dog for any reason.
Note: Be wary of trainers using "balanced methods" - these are force- and fear-based as well.
I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and confidence to deliver you the best service in the dog training industry!
Arie & Sarge
Saturday, December 7th at 11:30 am
(We will not have class over Christmas weekend, so there will not be class on Dec. 28th)
Intro must be done by Thursday, December, 5th
This class is geared for puppies under the age of four months old upon the class start date.
The reward-based curriculum of this class includes all of the "basics" of sit, down, stay, leave it, wait, come, etc., as well as walking nicely on a leash (including types of reward-based training gear to use). Puppies in this class also learn the more important aspects of being a well-mannered citizen such as self-control, impulse control, confidence, body awareness, how to politely interact with new dogs and people, learning to tolerate basic and LOTS more. You will learn about exercise ideas, canine nutrition, stress signs, body handling, the importance of exposure and EARLY socialization, and much more. This is by far the most well-rounded puppy class you will find anywhere nearby, and we know you and your puppy both will love it! Read our reviews on Yelp, Google Maps, Angie's List, and more for what our clients have to say about this puppy class!
This class, in addition to our play group which we highly recommend for our youngsters to learn proper social skills, will help build the bright, confident, well-adjusted dog you're looking for.
If you want the most well-rounded puppy class in town, this is it! Come watch!
This class is $150 + tax for seven weeks total, for an hour each week, with Arie. Held on weekends. No classes held on holidays.
No aggressive, reactive, or fear-aggressive dogs allowed.
Kids over the age of six years old are welcome to attend, as long as they can be mindful of the other dogs, and not talk when the instructor is speaking as it can be distracting if too many people are talking during class. Feel free to let us know if you have questions about kids or other family members joining. Thanks!
Ready to sign up for class? Call or email us to schedule an intro for your puppy. Intro times are M-F, between 8-11am or 1:30-3pm. Make sure to bring your puppy's proof of:
At least two sets of shots (distemper/parvo), clean fecal exam (must include testing for giardia & coccidia), and any form of bordetella.
At this point, we will enter all of your puppy's vaccinations into our system, and take the puppy into the playgroup yard for the intro. He or she will be in their own area for the intro, and we just want to see how he or she feels about meeting new dogs/puppies. At that point, depending on how he or she does, we can take the deposit for the class, and we will recommend the next step for playgroup (such as an hour next time if it works in your schedule, or a half day, etc.). More info is on our doggie daycare (playgroup) page.
Schedule your pups intro asap, class are limited to 8 participants. First come first served!
Let’s face it, Arie is REALLY good at helping fix problem behaviors in dogs and puppies… but do you know what’s even better and so much easier? Preventing these behavior problems, to begin with! This is the ultimate package to start your dog off right – ideally starting as soon as you get the puppy… or as soon as you see this package!
This package includes three one-hour in-home lessons with you and your puppy, and may include working on whatever you would like. Typically, it will include:
Housetraining, crate training, visitor and doorbell manners, and preventing problem behaviors such as counter surfing, mouthing/biting, barking, begging, digging, bolting out the door, and more. You will also be given any applicable handouts for your puppy’s training, and you will have email access to the trainer.
Here are just some of the benefits of this package:
Puppies can begin training at ANY age!
Any and all household members can be present
Start training even before group puppy classes
We can help with whatever goals you have for your puppy
Help “sibling relationships” go right – whether it be between puppy and other dogs in the house, puppy and cats, or puppy and kids
The trainer will evaluate your puppy-proofing skills and help you avoid dangerous situations for your puppy
Accountability! Being that this is weekly, scheduled training, you will be held accountable to work on your puppy’s training each week
Send the contact form below to get started!
This package is three sessions for $299 +tax
(savings of over $60)
Private In-Home Training Sessions
Private sessions are one hour long, at your home, and are ideal for:
- Separation anxiety
- Destructive behavior
- Fearful behavior
- Aggressive/reactive behavior towards humans
- Possessive behavior (“resource guarding”)
- Housetraining or marking issues
- Visitor/stranger greetings
- General anxieties
- Jealous behavior
- Puppy basics
Cases NOT being taken at this time are those in which siblings/housemate dogs fighting, as outcomes of this behavior unfortunately usually cannot be "fixed" to a safe and reasonable point. Feel free to contact other trainers for a second opinion on these cases. Also not being taken are cases of the dog going after the household cat, unless it is a puppy.
Each one-hour training session includes:
- Consultation with you and your dog at your home
- Observation of the problem behavior
- Explanations about the exhibited problem behaviors
- Written and verbal advice about fixing the behaviors
- Demonstrations on how to work with the dog’s behavior problems as applicable
- Handouts if applicable
Pricing: $120.00 including tax, for local sessions.
Add a $20.00 mileage fee for Placitas, East Mountains or Corrales. Los Lunas: Add $30.
Sessions scheduled vary in times; weekdays and weekend afternoons.
Cancellations: Please give at least 48 hours notice for any private session cancellations, as sessions book up quickly. Thank you!
Ready to schedule your pup's private session? Fill out the contact form below and Arie will get back to you asap.
Reactive Dog Package
Have a dog-reactive or dog-aggressive dog that needs help?
This is perfect for dogs that need training help with their aggressive or reactive behavior around other dogs. Arie's Dogland has two "specialties" - one is everything puppy, and the second is helping dogs through reactive/aggressive issues!
These sessions will give you the tools and education to get you on the right path to having a more well-behaved dog around others. Note that not every aggressive dog can be trusted and/or "taught" to be ok around other dogs off-leash if he/she didn't receive the proper early socialization that teaches a dog social skills; however, we CAN teach every dog to be calmer and more well-behaved around others. Some dogs will be calmer and more social than others, depending on how much time and work you can put into your dog's practice, but every dog will vary in how much progress they make and how well they can behave around other dogs after their training.
This package includes three separate private lessons, all in your home (with the exception of one session possibly being at a park or somewhere out in the world). The first session involves the trainer gathering information about your dog's background in health and behavior, information about his/her specific reactivity issues, and any other problem behaviors going on in the house or out in the world. The trainer will then give you specific homework to practice with for your dog, including the start of the use of a marker word and teaching "incompatible behaviors" that the trainer will explain, and also training tools and gear to start using with the dog for the next several weeks or so.
The second session will be scheduled around 2-4 weeks later, at your home, and we will go further with everything we started in the first session. This session will vary some with each dog individually.
The third session will also be scheduled 2-4 weeks later, and will either be at your home but outside, or possibly at a park or space that is deemed safe and appropriate for the given circumstances and your dog as an individual. Typically there will be another dog present, but at a distance, for this practice.
Sessions will vary slightly from dog to dog, but this package is catered for any reactive dog or older puppy who is lacking in their canine social skills.
This training package is $320 including tax for the three-session package,
and may be pay-per-session ($120 first, then $100 after that), or pay all at once.
Dogs must be up to date on Rabies, distemper/parvo, and bordetella. Owners will be asked to sign the reactive dog liability waiver.
Send a contact form below to get started, and Arie will contact you within 48 hours to get started!