I am extremely grateful to both Lorraine and Robyn. They showed me how to teach Olivia the basic commands—here, stay, drop it, and leave it. But more importantly, these two ladies taught me about the “special needs” of my puppy. Olivia is extremely fearful of almost everything. (She has vision problems and was probably a product of a puppy mill!) There was a time when she was so fearful that she would not even go outside to go on a walk, and ran away whenever she heard a loud noise such as the garbage truck. Lorraine, through patient instruction, and Robyn, through outstanding demonstrations, showed me how to not only identify my dog’s fear but also how to help her overcome those fears. Now Olivia looks forward to her walks, and even enjoys encounters with new people. Noise does not send Olivia into a fleeing panic. Most importantly, I am no longer constantly afraid that Olivia will bite someone because of her own fears. Whatever your dog’s needs, from simple to complex, these two special ladies can help you.
Working with Matt is wonderful. He explained to us how to modify our puppy’s attacking behavior by limiting physical exercise. By doing more mental exercise and changing our command words we have been able to redirect the behavior so much more effectively.
I was having troubles with certain “impulse” behaviors that my dog kept doing, like jumping on the couch, running out the door before I wanted him to, or picking something up from the street that I didn’t want him to have. At first, I didn’t think these issues were the sort of things that could be, or needed to be, addressed by a professional. However, as time went on, I realized that, even though my dog knew basic obedience commands, I did not have Brody completely under control. Robyn showed me how to make my dog wait at the door until I tell him he can go outside, how to tell my dog to “leave it,” aka, something on the street or something I simply did not want my dog to pick up, and how to control my dog’s general impulses. I also learned to read my dog’s body language, which has helped immensely with knowing how Brody is feeling. Robyn also explained to my why telling my dog not to jump on people actually doesn’t work, and what to do instead. With practicing Robyn’s advice and help, Brody is a much better behaved dog! I highly recommend LOMA - and, especially Robyn - to anyone who has any sort of behavior issue with their dog!
My corgi Doug has always been a scaredy pup. I didn’t think it was bad until his fear of all things escalated around 6 months. It had become INSANELY difficult to walk him outside without him lunging and pulling on the leash. I was growing frustrated with each passing day, wondering where i went wrong. At the time, we were taking him puppy classes that weren’t helping address this issue, so once we had completed the “course” I reached out to Loma to see if they could help. Robyn has shown us how to deal with his demand barking, clicker train, and how to get Doug to “wait” at the door, and how to walk properly on the leash. We still struggle to walk him from time to time, especially when there is something new with the environment such as a sound, smell or something visual, but i have seen great improvement since the first day we started. I am able to redirect him a lot better now and I’m able to get him to disengage where I was never able to before. It’s still a long road ahead of us before i can take him to restaurants (for example), but we’re definitely on the right path. Thank you Loma and Robyn for everything! You guys are the best!
My one year old rescue, Trouble, thoroughly enjoyed several weekly visits from Sara, as did I. Trouble is very enthusiastic in her friendliness and frequently jumps on people, which Sara helped me to curb. Trouble also learned to go to her mat and stay while I exercise. She now stays patiently awaiting the release word while I open the door for our walks, while I fill her dog bowl or at any other time I need her to sit still. And we settled on a release word that won’t confuse Trouble by occurring in regular conversation. And remarkably, Sara got Trouble to LEAVE IT in the face of Trouble’s favorite treats strewn across the floor – a feat that I could never have accomplished without Sara’s help. All of this was accomplished with only positive reinforcement, which has encouraged Trouble to want to please me, as opposed to making her afraid of me. I recommend Sara without qualification whatsoever. Your pup will thank you.
“LOMA has provided the knowledge, skill and support my family needed to transform undesirable behaviors and create harmony in our multi-dog home. We now enjoy a quality of life with our dogs we’ve always dreamed of.”
We have a house with five rescues dogs. The relationships between the dogs is generally good, but our spaniel mix (Elsa) would occasionally become suddenly dog aggressive. We asked Sara to help with this problem. Sara understands dog interactions so well. She watched how the dogs interacted in the house, in the yard, and on walks. Sara noticed our Aussie would often run by and harass Elsa, and Elsa’s body language showed Sara how incredibly stressed Elsa was by this aggression. Sara the showed us how Elsa would then come into the house with muscles all tensed up, she would yawn, indicating a feeling of stress, and she was ready to explode. Since Sara’s observation, we keep the Aussie from approaching Elsa on walks. That has allowed Elsa to relax during walks, and her dog aggressive behavior has vanished. Sara’s insight into dog behavior and emotions allowed us to have a peaceful pack. We are very grateful for her experience and skill with changing unacceptable dog behavior.
We were very pleased with the straight forward answers, strategies, and information.
Very impressed. Major problems were quickly identified, gave good explanations of what she was seeing with informative handouts. Then provided exercises to work on the problems specific to our dogs. She answered all our questions and made us feel more confident in our control of the situation.
The training was better than I could ever expect. Lorraine Martinez was such a big help and was available when we needed her. She explained the process and training techniques very well and even helped our son with learning the process.
Lorraine is very very knowledgable, and so we got a massive amount of information out of it. We had lots to take home and work on, which to me is excellent. Also very helpful was just having someone to reassure me when I was doing things right, and who could spot when my timing or mechanics were a little off. This was one of the reasons I chose to take classes, and it’s definitely payed off in my confidence as a trainer.
Has your dog's behavior improved as a result of the services you received?
Already performing better at the assigned tasks. Our anxious dog has had calmer moments now that there is some order and structure back in the group. He also has benefited from time separate from the younger dog, who is already showing signs of better understanding his role in the home.
My dog is much more relaxed when confronted with unfamiliar people, and continues to make progress with unfamiliar dogs.
Learning to change the way I train my dogs””Very knowledgeable presenter - lots of good info. Thank you for this terrific opportunity to make foster dogs even more adoptable!””Many suggestions for each type of behavior””Liked understanding of how to reward and when. Time when too fast. This hour and a half FLEW!””Everything - all applicable to training! - Great presentation!”
Outstanding. Thank you for putting this together. Very good visuals. Handouts are excellent””The seminar helps me to understand how to relate to my own fearful rescue [dog]
It was a great experience and helped us understand our dog better
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