"Janet is so brilliant and truly delightful to work with. She took the time to get to learn our dog and learn the situations we needed help with. Not only does Janet know so much about all different types of dogs and their behaviors but she is easy to work with. She is friendly, flexible and hands-on. We love that Janet teaches us how to become the trainers so we can develop positive experiences with our dog. The techniques we learned from Janet have all been so successful and have made such a difference in our and our dogs lives. We would recommend Janet to anyone!"
-Quinn, Justin and Ted
Welcome to Janet Vera Professional Dog Training. Choosing to train is the single most important ingredient to help your dog become more confident, social and learn to understand what is expected in a variety of everyday contexts. During lessons you will learn how to train new behaviors and I'll teach you my recipe for getting your pup to self regulate, which will have lifelong benefits.
I offer private, in-home dog training lessons and behavior consultations for a multitude of training needs and undesirable behaviors. All lessons are personalized in the comfort of your own home. Individual programs are designed to suit your dog and families needs. One certainty in dog training is that each dog has a unique personality, breed(s) characteristics and history, which I take into consideration when training.
⭐️The most generous thing you can do for your dog is to set them up to be successful. You can begin by dog-proofing. If you don't want your dog to have it, put it away.
“Over the years, I have completed dog training classes but I never really "got it" before. I left those trainings feeling a bit overwhelmed. But, now after working with Janet, everything has "clicked" for me. I "get it" !! Janet is a very skilled dog trainer; she has a superb gift for explaining and defining tasks in an elementary way. I feel truly comfortable asking her questions when I need more clarification. She is a patient teacher. My dog and I feel very safe with her. Janet brings amazing enthusiasm and energy to her sessions. She is very gentle and loving with animals as well as with humans.I will always seek out Janet's expertise, and will look forward to her future "magical" training sessions with my current dog, as well as with my future dogs !“
-Wendy Mandel July 2017
“When my husband would take our little dog, Peanut, for a walk she always went crazy barking when she saw other dogs. This drove my husband CRAZY. We decided to hire Janet from For The Love of Dogs to see if she could help. She came with both of us while we walked Peanut and gave us the tools to train Peanut not to do this anymore. It all worked! We now take Peanut for a walk and she doesn't bark when she sees other dogs anymore! It was like a miracle cure. She also gave us other tips to use in the house to keep her engaged in activities at home. Janet is beyond awesome! Thanks for our improved Peanut!”
-Amy Bellingheri August 2016
“Amazing. Just amazing. Serious transformation of pup and pup owners immediately. Our rescue, Eilonwy, of course wants Janet to visit everyday. Session one Janet had her leaping on command onto boulders. This in the 'chipmunk' garden that has previously caused Eilonwy to go ballistic chasing varmints and dragging us behind her. We were making Eilonwy crazy and Janet helped us help our pup with humor and respect. We are all smitten by her creativity, her energy and her 'my darling' trademark pup greeting. Hire her if you can.“
-Susan Zellmann-Rohrer October 2017
Over the last decade, Janet has been called in to assist and consult on hoarding cases, abuse cases, highly aroused aggressive cases, and more.
•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 10 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. All participating will be required to practice dog training and behavior modification skills in order to facilitate the day to day training. If you are sensitive of a classic teacher/learner model, please let Janet know before the lesson.
• Janet is sometimes the last trainer called at the end of much frustration, disappointment, stress and many failed attempts at classes or private training with various 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 consult.
Food For Thought:
How long has your dog been practicing undesirable behaviors? Let’s say 1 year for the sake of this example. If the dog practices the undesirable behavior 5 times a day for 365 days that's 1,825 rehearsals. Hiring a dog trainer to come in for 90 minutes to teach the dog alternate behaviors and expecting an immediate turn around is unfair to everyone, including the dog.
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 context. A “non verbal no reward” marker carries more significant impact. An expample of a non verbal 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. 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.
“I reached out to Janet for help with my 8 month old puppy’s reactivity to meeting new people, seeing dogs while on walks, outside sounds etc. At our consultation Janet was greeted by a hesitant Piper and (what felt like…) a 90 minute barkfest, sorry Janet! At each session (6 total), Janet assessed Piper’s mood and progression and we worked on new techniques and exercises to lower her stress and reactivity. Janet explained the concepts and reasoning for each activity and there were many “a-ha” moments for me along the way. It’s truly fascinating to watch Janet do her thing. She knew how to handle Piper’s personality and Piper seemed to just “get” what Janet was doing and saying. Personally, this was a much better fit for us compared to the traditional obedience classes. Curbing Piper’s reactivity is a work in progress, but I’m now armed with a variety of exercises, tips, tricks to help ease anxiety. Meeting new people no longer an overwhelming experience for either one of us. Thank you!!” M.B -October, 2019
” Janet is a serious dog whisperer. Our 1.5 year old rescue absolutely loved her and so did we! People say that trainers are for the humans just as much as they are for the dogs, and in our case this was definitely true. Janet taught us how to read our dog's body language to understand what made her feel uncomfortable and to help us avoid trigger stacking. Our dog's anxiety was causing her to act out (lunging, barking, etc.) and Janet educated us about what was causing the behavior and gave us many tips and strategies for keeping our pup's (and our) anxiety as low as possible. She also showed us desensitization techniques to help our pup with her car anxiety. Janet is professional, reliable and flexible and we are so glad we found her! C+N, December 2018
Reward based or evidence based training is reinforcing your dog with something she/he finds reinforcing such as; praise, access, treats, toys, walks, etc,. Behavior that is rewarded is likely to be repeated and get stronger. In my humble opinion, evidence based training which has been studied extensively through Behavioral Science, clearly shows animals learn better while being encouraged and rewarded for pro social behavior.
What is it like working with you?
I am compassionate by nature and have loved animals since I've known what they are. I'm pretty focused while working but make training as simple and fun as possible. I take a gentle, non-judgmental approach focusing on what could be potentially causing, contributing and reinforcing the behavior and work from there. I look at the behavior as important information as I collect other data about the animal, including environmental factors, genetics, history, health, etc,.
What training methods do you use?
Evidence based training, which has been studied extensively through Behavioral Science,. This model clearly demonstrates animal's learn better while being encouraged and rewarded for appropriate behavior. It then has added benefit of strengthening your connection with your animal.
How does my dog know when he/she's done something undesirable?
We ignore undesirable behavior and teach an alternate behavior. If your dog jumps, you ignore that behavior by turning away (turning away is a non verbal no reward marker or NRM). Once all four paws are on the ground you can reinforce that with a reward. All paws on the ground equals paycheck. If the dog is fluent in other pro social behaviors this will work.
Millie was rescued earlier this year. After 2 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 Milie’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!!"
Fearful dogs who may have missed critical periods of socialization need time and space to acclimate. going too fast with them slows progress.
*****Fearful , Shy Dog Tips*****
*The only pace is the dog's pace.
*Slow down. Digital age speed does not apply to animals.
*Learn to read dog body language so you can end outings and interactions *before* the pup gets more anxious. As soon as you see signs of stress take action to retreat.
* Advocate for your dogs space. Many well meaning 'dog experts' also known as neighbors and friends may think they're capable of interacting with your dog. That type of interaction is for the human not the dog. Just say no.
* If you're the neighbor of a friend or someone who has a fearful dog don't ask for more interaction. Any dog on the edge of fear can be set back easily.
* Ask your Veterinarian about calming supplements. Solloquin, Zylkene and other calming aids can help your dog remain calmer so they are able to learn. An anxious dog cannot learn past a certain point.
* The use of punishing or fear based training will set your dog back substantially and is discouraged.
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 in November 2018.
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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.
Copyright, Janet Vera 2019
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All my best, Janet
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