Reward-Based Training Options
Arie & Sarge
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!
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.
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 (on either a no-pull harness or a Gentle Leader). Puppies in this class will learn the 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 as a puppy owner will learn about exercise ideas, canine nutrition, stress signs, the importance of exposure and EARLY socialization, and much more. You will have homework each week for this six-week class. 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, Facebook, 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!
This class is six weeks for $160 plus tax, with no class on holidays.
Upcoming 2023 Classes:
If you have a friendly puppy who is under the age of four months at the time of the next class starting, please reach out to us, and we'll let you know what we have available. If your puppy is older or we do not have classes that will work for you, private sessions are a great option, and highly recommended, as there is 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 can be even more helpful than a puppy class! Send us a contact form to get started.
Please reach out to us to schedule a "class intro" when your pup has the following class requirements:
~ At least two sets of distemper/parvo shots
~ Bordetella (for "kennel cough")
~ Proof of a negative fecal exam
Upcoming Class : Please contact us for our upcoming 2023 dates
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!
Coming Soon: The Reactive Dog ONLINE Course
Do you have a “reactive” or leash-aggressive dog, who barks, growls, and lunges at other dogs while on-leash? Then this course is for you!
This is a 100% ONLINE course, aimed at helping the reactive dog become calmer and more composed in the presence of other dogs. This is a go-at-your-own-pace class, and gives you the tools to teach your dog to help him or her with their reactivity in a reward-based way. There will be a lot of homework in this class, but don’t worry… it’s mostly easy, and all fun! Your dog will thank you for helping him or her not feel so stressed (and reactive) in the presence of these stressors, and you will also learn to be able to relax again too with your dog on-leash!
This course is coming soon; send a contact form to be added to the list to be alerted once the course is live. Until then, we strongly recommend acclimating your dog to a head halter (this is one of the tools recommended in the course!) – Gentle Leaders are sold at Dogland, with the trainer’s how-to directions included on getting your dog used to wearing the head halter.
Price and more info coming soon.
Note: This course is not meant to have the reactive dog come in contact with any other dogs. Many leash-reactive dogs do not have the social skills, from lack of proper early socialization, to safely interact with other dogs. This should only be done in-person with a professional, in a safe and appropriate setting, and only if it is seen that your dog is suitable for close contact with other dogs.