At Seize The Leash, Canine Behavior Training and Play Your Way Obedience, our greatest achievements are in training Service Dogs to help their human partners in life.
Please help us continue to do this as we branch out into helping our Veterans and homeless to achieve freedom via a Service Dog.
In my years of training, I have run across numerous types of behavior issues that dog owners have asked me to assist them with. Most of these issues are a dog just being a dog in such a way that it is at odds with living in a human world.
Most trainers work with barking, jumping, excited greeting behaviors, reactivity, and other common issues successfully.We have decided to take another path and work with less common behavior issues and dangerous situations that have in the past been "solved" by electronics and force. We still also do basic obedience with the three levels of the Canine Good Citizen test as the goal, but our strengths lie in handling behavior issues.
Our programs provide you with an education that ...
Is held in private lessons between you and the trainer
Is done in a pleasant atmosphere.
is practiced where you normally go with your dog (forest, field, village, city ...)
Gives you knowledge and exercises to make your dog's behavior understandable.
Will be tailored to your needs and those of your dog.
Welcome to Play Your Way and Canine Game Theory (tm)
Welcome to Canine Game Theory where we make learning happen via games and fun and play. The learning curve is almost non-existant for both the human and the dog. All you ever do is play simple games. Each of those games builds one upon the other until you have an obedient dog that knows all the basics - sit, down, stay, come, heel, stand, leave it, go to your place, go say hi - and a host of other things that have never been taught in an obedience class before for lack of time.
Current group class schedule:
Play Your Way Academy Tucson and online classes
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Here is Piri, a 7 month old Boxer mix, playing It's In The Bowl. This game teaches several things at once. To stay in a sit until released (break), to not dive for food just because it's there, and to come to the human first instead of investigating the bowl. This is representative of the games we play. We mix a basic behavior (stay), distraction proofing (food in a bowl), self-control (wait for the "break") and attention to the handler (sit), all in one easy to play game.
Boundary Training Without Electronics: There are many ways to contain or control a dog including fences (visible or electronic), chains or tie-outs, pens, leashes, gates, etc. However, none are fool-proof and none truly provide your dog with freedom and a happy life, nor do they teach them anything, only contain them. We teach a dog that his choice of staying in the yard, behind the boundary we designate is the best choice he could make. That the best things in life are in his yard with his humans. There is no need to roam when everything is provided to the dog and the dog understands this.
Rescued!: Working with and adopting rescued dogs, dogs that were about to be put to sleep for having a cold or a behavior issue, dogs who now have a second chance, is one of the most rewarding things I have done. Second only to working with Service Dogs. Out of the 7 puppies I raised in the last 11 years, all of them were rescues. Three of them are now Service Dogs either for me or others, one is now retired as a therapy dog but still helps me in raising others' puppies, one is my grandkids companion and and #7 is still learning what her role in life will be. We lost one along the way to seizures. This program will teach those who rescue these dogs, those who foster them and those who help with their possible issues.