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Dog Training: Personalized to Your Needs

Our certified training expert, Alex Bonilla, excels at helping you with your specific behavioral and obedience goals for your pup. He tailors humane training techniques, scientific training methods, and the operant and classical conditioning tactics that work for dogs of all ages and temperaments.

After understanding and applying the fundamentals we teach, you’ll be well-equipped to maintain progress and to have the confidence to be your dog’s guide for life. Read more about Alex

Become your dog’s guide and trainer for life.

 

You work best when you’re in a good mood, your efforts are appreciated, and results are rewarded, right? Your dog is no different!

Reach your goals with our expert training, whether you have a puppy, or a new rescue entering your family, or an adult with less-than-polite behavior issues to work through, or need to work on any aspect of socialization, home rules, leash walking, or behaviors. Get started today.

Get help with in-your-home puppy training, adult dog obedience, or behavior modification.

We work with you and your dog together as you communicate, gain confidence, and reach your goals for a happy life with your pup.

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Simply need advice or observation?

Request a starter one-hour consultation & assessment visit at your home (apply that cost to any in-home training package).  Or a 30-minute consultation by phone or Facetime may be just right for you if all you need is a quick tip on a single behavior, single question, or need help deciding on a a training plan package.

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PRIVATE TRAINING PACKAGES

Get help with in-your-home puppy training, dog obedience, and behavioral consulting. We work on specific tactics and techniques in private lessons with you and your dog together as you communicate, gain confidence, and reach your goals for a happy life with your pup.

Adult, Adolescent and Advanced Puppy Packages

Puppy Packages

Request private dog training or sign up for a package today

BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT AND CONSULTING

Get private training personalized to help you, your pet, and your household work together in harmony. Alex works to understand your issues and wishes, then works with you on specific goals, identifies areas of miscommunication between you and your dog, and leads you through a tailored plan.   A starter one-hour assessment & evaluation visit alone is $110.00, if you simply want to see if we are a good fit for your dog!  Price applicable to any package you choose.

Request private behavior modification or a starting first in-home assessment

GROUP TRAINING CLASSES

If you want to gather neighbors and friends to have one or more “group” sessions with play dynamics or socialization, let us know.   We don’t offer ongoing group training classes, but we’re happy to work with you and your dog in group environments, at the dog park, or with other dog owners you know.

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Alex, Our Trainer and Behavior Specialist

We’d love for you to meet Alex Bonilla, our dog trainer and behavior specialist here at Alexandria Pet Care. He has two important industry certifications: he’s a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer and is also an AKC-certified trainer and evaluator for their puppy and dog training programs, like STAR, Canine Good Citizen and Urban Canine Good Citizen.

Alex works with you and your dog together toward your goals for a happy life with your pup.  He uses a variety of humane training techniques, scientific training methods, and operant and classical conditioning tactics, customized to fit many different kinds of dogs (and owners).

Whether you have a new puppy ready for a foundation of good habits, or a rescue new to your family, we’ll help you meet your goals for a happy life with your dog.

Alex’s training methods draw from operant conditioning to teach dogs how to handle the domestication household rules, to behave, and to obey — including the Humane Hierarchy model pioneered by Dr Susan Friedman, the Premack Principle, clicker techniques advanced by Karen Pryor, and Sirius Dog Training created by Dr Ian Dunbar. Drawing from all of those resources and his certification training, Alex will customize the best training techniques to suit both the owner’s and dog’s needs, strengths and training preferences.

Our approach is personalized to help you, your pet, and your household work together in harmony. Alex works to understand your issues and wishes, then works with you on specific goals, identifies areas of miscommunication between you and your dog, and comes up with a tailored plan.

Typical work sessions include opening new lines of communication so your dog understands what is expected of them behaviorally, and so you understand precisely how to teach them those expectations in a practical and consistent way.

Certifications:

AKC: STAR/CGC/UCGC
AKC-Certified Canine Good Citizen/Urban Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
CPDT-KA
​Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (includes 300 hours of training experience and professional certification exam. )