We are pleased to welcome you to our dog training practice and website! Choosing to train your dog is an important step to help your dog become more confident, social, and fluent in understanding what is expected of them in a variety of everyday contexts.
Over the last dozen years, Janet has been called in to assist and consult on hoarding cases, abuse/neglect cases, highly aroused aggressive cases, and more. Janet is a Behavioral Specialist and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers since 2011. This requires 300 hours of training practice, a rigorous exam, a letter of recommendation from a veterinarian, Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Janet consults with several local rescues, shelters and legal cases.
Janet uses her breadth of experience to work with you and your dog to shape new behaviors, increase awareness of how your dog experiences the world and learn low stress methods of teaching which will set the dog up for success. Janet is Veterinarian and Veterinarian Behaviorist recommended.
This is positive reinforcement training and shaping in action. We use the same method with your pups!
Our main goal is decrease stress and enhance bonding through science based, positive reinforcement methods of dog training.
Bonding is crucial to having a lifelong, healthy bond with your dog. We encourage bonding through understanding dog body language, play, and fun games.
Because we work mostly with fear reactivity, we are sensitive to the dog’s emotional threshold. You can be the best data collector for your dog’s wellbeing and we can show you how.
All private lessons require a phone call with Janet in order to agree on working together. Janet will let you know if she is not comfortable working a case or thinks it exceeds her level of expertise. She may refer you to a vet behaviorist or other specialist. Both parties who are paying for the service will be required to be part of the phone conversation.
• With in-home dog training you get 1:1 attention and the training is customized to your family and your pet’s needs.
•Janet is the only trainer you will work with from beginning to completion of training. She has been working with dogs for 12 years, including all aspects of work with shelter dogs, rescue work and fostering, which you and your pet will benefit from directly.
•All owners are required to sign a waiver of service and a basic agreement that you are in partnership with Janet Vera Professional Dog Training to help change undesirable behaviors your dog is exhibiting.
• Janet is sometimes the last trainer called at the end of much frustration, disappointment, stress, and many failed attempts at classes or private training lessons with other trainers and specialists. It’s important that all parties agree on working with her and understand the type of training services she offers. Janet is a fear-free trainer.
We can make up to 100 decisions by noon time! Keep it simple by calling or dropping us a line for a free phone consultation.
Food for Thought: When you are with your dog, one of you is being trained. Is it you or the dog?
Pro Tip: Moderate expectations. If you have a dog with an uncertain history, starting without expectations would be beneficial to both you and your dog. You can only go up from there:).
Food for Thought: Using a “no-reward marker” such as NO or "Eh, eh" is confusing to the animal. It may work initially but not long term. What you really want is to show the dog what is expected in the specific contexts. A “nonverbal no-reward” marker carries more significant impact and is clearer feedback to the animal. An example of a nonverbal no-reward marker would be to turn your back if the dog jumps on you. The dog must have an alternate behavior in their behavior repertoire to choose from. A "sit," down" or “say please” are good alternate behaviors for the dog to have as part of their behavior repertoire. You can even reward 4 paws on the floor first. Once they perform that, reward that. That behavior will increase and the jumping will decrease and then extinguish. If the dog is chewing shoes, jumping on guests, or counter surfing, you have a management issue not a behavior issue.
The words magical, miracle, and Mary Poppins are referred to in some of my generous client testimonials. It's lovely that those words are used to describe my work but the truth is IT'S ALL SCIENCE combined with my well-developed, magical auntie muscles, and love for animals.
My logo was designed by the talented, generous, and all-around amazing human being, Lili Chin. The dog was designed in the likeness of my dog Emma. I asked that Emma be standing on learning blocks to convey a foundational approach to my work with dogs. The lettered alphabet blocks (A,B,C), in addition to being classic children's building blocks, also serves as a science based acronym; Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence.
I appreciate visits to my website. Take your time and browse around! All content is deliberate and intended to help you understand and relate to your dog with more ease and efficacy. Please write, call, or email with any questions, concerns or ideas for topics you'd like to see more of.
All my best, Janet
Millie was rescued earlier this year. After two failed foster attempts Millie was taken in by an amazing volunteer from a local rescue organization in Boston. I was hired to help get Millie to a level of behavioral wellness in order to be placed in her furever home.
Here's a quote from Millie’s foster mom: "I think the biggest thing I noticed with Millie after training with you is she would consistently take herself out of over-stimulating situations without growling or baring her teeth. For instance when my resident pups would get going because someone was at the door she would join them in barking. After training she consistently removed herself and would go up to my daughter's room and snooze without prompting from me. That is huge, huge, huge!"
You can see by Millie's relaxed body language how well she is doing! She has learned to trust and self regulate when she becomes fearful. Millie was placed in a wonderful, loving, furever home.