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 am 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.
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
This class is geared for puppies under the age of four months old upon the class start date. For older puppies and adult dogs, we recommend a private session with Arie.
The reward-based curriculum of this class includes all of the "basics" of sit, down, 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 handling, and LOTS more. You will learn about exercise ideas, canine nutrition, stress signs, 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 will help build the bright, confident, well-adjusted dog you're looking for!
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
- Self-control issues
- General anxieties
- Jealous behavior
Training cases NOT being taken are the following:
1. Situations in which siblings/housemate dogs are 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, but most trainers will have similar thoughts.
2. Situations where the dog is going after the household cat with harmful intentions, unless it is a puppy (who often just wants to play but doesn't know how).
3. Situations involving "work dogs" who are not being friendly to the staff or clients in that setting. While we can work on visitor/stranger greetings at home, unfortunately, a work environment is not an appropriate setting for a dog to be who does not already have polite/friendly social skills with people.
Each 75 minute training session includes:
- Consultation with you and your dog at your home
- Questions from the trainer about almost all aspects of your dog and his/her life
- 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: $150.00 including tax, for 75 minutes for local sessions.
Add a $25.00 mileage fee for Placitas, East Mountains or Corrales. Los Lunas: Add $30.
Sessions scheduled vary in times, and are typically held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, between around 8am and 3pm.
Cancellations: Please give at least 48 hours notice for any private session cancellations, as sessions book up quickly. Thank you!
Please Note: Private training sessions are currently booked out around two weeks.
Ready to schedule your private session?
Fill out the contact form below for either session and Arie will get back to you within 48 hours. Thanks!
As of March 2022, we have just started our puppy classes again. However, we are having only one puppy class going at a time on Saturday mornings right now (compared to the typical three or four on the weekends). If you have a friendly puppy who is under the age of four months and would like to join a class, please reach out to us, and we'll let you know if we have a class starting. If we do not, Private sessions are certainly still an option, and highly recommended right now, as there is still a TON of information and homework that the trainer can give you to still help get your puppy going in the right direction. For most puppies, a private session or two are more helpful than a puppy class! Send us a contact for to get started with a private session. Otherwise, feel free to check into Animal Humane. Thanks so much for your consideration and understanding!
~ Arie's Dogland Management
Reactive Dog In-Home Training Session
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 and/or people. Arie's Dogland has two "specialties" - one is everything puppy, and the second is helping dogs through reactive/aggressive issues!
This session 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.
Until Further Notice
This 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, teaching "incompatible behaviors" that the trainer will explain, and also training tools and gear to start using with the dog.
Sessions will vary slightly from dog to dog, but this is for any reactive dog or older puppy who is lacking in their canine social skills.
The Reactive Dog Session is $200 (including tax) for 90 minutes. This package also includes a Gentle Leader head halter.
A second session is typically useful, and will be scheduled around 4-6 weeks later, with the location depending on the dog and his/her progress. This session will be one hour for $120.