Our private obedience training and behavior training sessions are conducted in your home and/or neighborhood. This allows us to more accurately observe how your dog behaves on a daily basis, since the home is (in most cases) the source of behavior problems. For example, if your dog jumps on your counters, taking him or her to a group class isn’t ideal because many times your dog will be unlikely to exhibit the unwanted behavior in a different environment. By allowing us to work with you and your dog in your home, we can tackle the issue(s) hands-on as the behavior presents itself.
- Door dashing
- Counter surfing
- Crate training issues
- House/Potty training issues
- Basic obedience issues (sit, down, stay, come, etc.)
- Advanced problem solving issues (separation anxiety, fear, compulsion disorders, etc.)
IN-HOME TRAINING SESSIONS (For Dogs of All Ages)
In-home obedience training and behavior consulting sessions are done in the comfort and convenience of your own home. It is our goal to a) effectively train your dog, and b) teach you how to analyze your dog’s behavior, and use that information to teach new behaviors or modify unwanted ones. These sessions are perfect for owners who are truly interested in getting past the “magic and myths” behind dog training and want to learn how dog behavior REALLY works.
During each visit, we will we discuss the personal goals and problem behaviors/concerns you have with your dog, daily routines, diet, and more. During your first training session, we will provide an initial assessment based on an evaluation of your dog’s behavior and then immediately begin hands-on training. The first session is always a “working” session – we do not do consults. We will accomplish as much as possible during the first training session, which may include advice and treatment regarding additional behavior problems and/or issues.
Our obedience and behavior training sessions cover:
• Understanding how dogs learn (the basics of learning theory)
• Basic behaviors (sit, down)
• Intermediate behaviors (stay with and without distractions, both inside and outside the home, wait, leave it, drop it, come when called/recall)
• Handling and confidence building (great for meeting strangers, vet/groomer visits)
• Enrichment activities to help enhance your dog’s mental state, reduce and avoid stress and build confidence
• Target training (touch and “go to your mat” exercises)
• Loose leash walking/heeling
• House training
Additionally, we offer basic obedience group training classes, which take place one hour a week, over the course of 6 weeks. These classes are ideal for dogs (5 months of age and older) that need to learn or brush up on basic skills. Click here for the current class schedule and enrollment requirements, or contact us to see which of our training services are best suited for your dog and situation.
SEVERE BEHAVIOR ISSUES (Fear, Aggression, Anxiety, Etc.)
Our specialty lies in advanced problem solving cases including dogs with fear, aggression (towards humans or other dogs), food or object guarding, severe anxiety (separation or otherwise), and compulsion disorders.
PUPPY TRAINING (Ages 8 Weeks – 6 Months)
DAY TRAINING (For Dogs of All Ages)
Looking for quick results, but lack the time to be heavily involved in your dog’s training? Our Day Training package was made to satisfy the needs of those with busy schedules. The trainer will come to your home 3 times per week, over the course of 3 weeks, and work directly with your dog while you’re at work, at your child’s baseball game, or simply running errands. The third session of each week will be a wrap up/transition session with you and the trainer. You’ll find out what was learned that week, how and when to ask for and reinforce the new behaviors that were taught, how to maintain good behaviors in the future, and what to do if you experience an unwanted behavior that pops back up. Day training takes the pressure off, affording you the option of being present for as many/few of the sessions as you’d like. We’ll build the foundations for your dog and show you how to keep them solid and continue moving forward. This convenient package offers the quickest and most effective way to train your dog if you do not have the time to do so yourself.
**All training packages include unlimited phone and email support for the life of the dog(s) on the contract to ask any follow up questions, get clarification on the training program and recommendations, or should new issues arise.**
Melissa from Jersey Shore Dogs was exactly what we were looking for when seeking help to train our 6-month-old Australian Shepherd. We wanted a trainer that would come to our home and educate us, the owners, on the best way to train Brody. Melissa was always timely and very friendly with both my husband and I and our pup, Brody! We learned so many great training methods and Brody has been so responsive! It takes patience and practice, but I am very happy with what Melissa taught us and Brody has been learning and becoming such a well-trained puppy!
We were brand new pup owners (never had a dog before), and we researched trainers locally and Matt Tuzzo and Jersey Shore Dogs came highly referred. Matt returned my call promptly and was flexible to set up our first meeting and training. And he is always a text away even after our training was completed (and still 3 months later), for any question or input as we continue to evolve with our pup. Matt made our pup extremely comfortable and at ease, and after our first two hours my wife and I felt we had a great deal of useful information that helped us to be better owners/parents and to take some of the early frustrations out of dog ownership. Matt returned a few weeks later and we worked on other training and even the basics of good leash walking. Today at 6 1/2 months, our pup is potty trained, responds to multiple commands, enjoys her walks (as do I when at first they were very frustrating), and she is at ease with strangers and new dogs. The latter is due to Matt’s recommendation to send her to puppy kindergarten, in theory to a competitor, but Matt knew the play time with multiple pups under a controlled environment with a specialist in puppy kindergarten was the best for our pup. That says a lot to me about Matt and his interest of your pup or dog first.
When I realized I wanted some outside help with training my puppy, reaching out to Matt was the best decision I could have made. Even after just that initial phone conversation, I felt so much more at ease and I could not wait for our appointment. I already started to see a positive change in Rex’s behavior while Matt was still at my house, and he even stayed past our scheduled time to show me additional ways to train and work with my dog. The homework he gave us was straightforward and easy to follow. Matt made it clear that I could e-mail him at any time with questions or if I needed clarification on something, and he meant it. I must’ve e-mailed him 10 times in the first two weeks after our session and he was always very prompt in answering. He is eager to help and offer insight in any way he can. To say Rex loved working with him would be a huge understatement!
We can’t thank Matt enough for the work he has done over the past year and a half with our rescue dog Indy. We adopted him at five months old realizing quickly that he suffered from severe separation anxiety. Matt helped us develop (and continuously tweak) a plan that helped our sweet boy manage and cope with what was previously nearly impossible. Later, we had Matt back to work on fear of strangers, with almost immediate progress post visit. Matt’s knowledge, approach, and sensitivity are second to none.
Boogie did OUTSTANDING work today and I wanted to share her tremendous progress…We went to check out a park in Spring Lake, which turned out to be “swarming” with people and dogs (relative to what we’re used to). I almost D-I-E-D when a woman, who was walking her dog across the street, kept staring at us while I was working Boogie, getting her attention to focus on me. I thought she was staring like, “Uh oh, pit bull”, but then she said, “Wow, great job!” – I was giddy after that! I feel so much more confident with her and in my ability to deal with situations. Recently, we passed a house with a dog on the porch, but I didn’t see the dog before he started barking. I immediately got Boogie’s attention and we crossed the street…but immediately saw a cat (which Boogie wanted to chase), so again we crossed the street…zig zagging. I kept praising and treating the entire time and she responded so well! Other than the obvious importance of this training, I know when people see a pittie with a handler who seems to know what she’s doing (thanks to you!), and is prepared, constantly monitoring, working and is focused, it HAS to make a difference in their opinion of these dogs. Thank you for helping me achieve one of my major goals, being a good breed ambassador. Boogie is a super star!
Matt – the training tools and time you devoted to us made for an exceptional transition of Wilson into our household. Bringing a new puppy into a household with Benny, a very spoiled 7-year-old, weighed heavy on us, but we have achieved a nice balance and they have become friends. Your training tips and the time we spent following your directions and protocols, along with the investment of time at puppy kindergarten, has brought us to a good place. Thank you, we are very grateful!