Does your dog...

  • Pull on the leash?
  • Jump on guests?
  • Bolt out the door?
  • Only listening when they feel like it?
  • Bark excessively?
  • Eat food off the counter?
  • Still not house trained?
  • Aggressive towards other dogs or people?

…If you answered yes to any of those, we can help!

Welcome to Take the Lead Dog Training.

Proudly service the greater Seattle area with top quality training for dogs and coaching for their humans.
Schedule your free consultation phone call with me today to talk about the training options that will work the best for your dog!

– Cheryl Ross

Training Gatsby and Rosie

The dogs couldn’t be around each other due to Gatsby attacking Rosie.

JoJo the Boxer

Jojo would jump up on people, and play the “catch me game” when her owner said it was time to go home from the park.

Stewie's Transformation Story

His case is one of a very insecure and entitled little dog who thought he could own his world and control everything in it.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

My Dog  Showed Aggression At Doggy Daycare

Christine Hawkins

We Bought A Mastiff Puppy And Wanted To Train Him Right Away

Michael Moore

I Needed My Dog To Listen Well So That He Could Travel With Me.

Chesere Daniels

OUR PROGRAMS

Obedience – Basics and Off Leash Programs

*Offered as 1-on-1 Private Lessons – Group class access included with off leash program

These programs are designed to teach you and your dog the basic obedience commands (Heel, Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Place) and to build a solid relationship foundation. You will learn how to work with your dog and navigate real life distractions and situations as well.
We will meet one-on-one to build a foundation of communication with your dog and gain control, and once your dog has progressed through the private sessions, we will transition you to group classes to fine tune the training.

Basic Obedience Program: 5 One-on-one Lessons covering – Heel, Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Place
Off Leash Program: 9 lessons covering – Heel, Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Place with the off leash transition using E-collar training.

 

Aggressive Dog Rehabilitation

This program is designed to rehabilitate dogs that are struggling with re-activity and/or aggressive behaviors.
– Dog to dog aggression
– Aggression towards humans
– Fear based aggression
– Resource guarding
– Prey drive / Reactivity / Hyperactivity

Have you heard the phrase “go back to the basics of obedience and that will fix the aggression”, or “Just work on your obedience commands and that will solve it”?
A dog that is highly trained in obedience can learn to hold a sit-stay while another dog walks by, but they may still WANT to go after that dog in their mind. So what would happen if you released your dog from command in that moment, or you weren’t there in the first place to put your dog in that sit-stay? Could your dog make the right choice not to react or attack?
Yes, obedience training is helpful, but it isn’t always the thing that “solves” the aggressive behavior. Sometimes there is more to it…a deeper level that needs to be reached by truly capturing your dogs mind to teach them to think and process through situations differently.

While we do teach your dog some obedience commands, this program is designed to focus solely on your dog’s behavior and mindset. working towards creating a calm and relaxed dog who is capable of making good choices and adapting to different environments.
Obedience can be helpful in aiding behavior change, but we want to make sure that when your dog is NOT in a command that they are able to make good choices on their own.
The level of success you achieve depends on your dog’s personality, your willingness to incorporate the tools and techniques you are taught, and the homework you are given into your daily routine.
Our goal is to help you get your dog to a manageable and relaxed state of mind so that they can enjoy life with you!

One on One Program: We offer a range of 5-15 One on One Lessons, depending on the dogs needs. *Group class access also included.
This program is designed to coach you step by step through modifying your dogs behavior to achieve a healthy relationship dynamic and  your training goals. You will be given homework to take home and implement after each lesson. The first several lessons will be held at our facility here in Maple Valley. Once a foundation of communication and training has been laid, and your trainer sees that your dog is ready, we will then do some “out and about” lessons at local parks and pet stores to work with your dog in more challenging locations, and you will then be ready to start attending our group class to work around other dogs and people who have also been through the program.