Esra and Pepa practicing our “take a bow”

I started working with dogs in 2010 while I was going to school to be a drug and alcohol counselor. After spending a couple years managing play groups, I had found my life’s passion, and knew I needed keep myself knee-deep in canines.

Since then I have been working with dogs professionally in social/play and training/obedience settings, always trying to help them become their better selves. In addition to The Model Mutt, I am a worker-owner of Your SCRUF Pet Care Collective.

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My training is “balanced,” meaning that I focus heavily on motivating the dog to want to work using things they love. It also includes setting clear boundaries, rules, and structure. The balance is in helping your dog understand these rules, with compassion and patience, but also understand that they are rules. I believe this clarity of expectations – what you expect of your dog, what your dog can expect of the world – is what enables dogs to relax, listen, and be enjoyable to be around!

Training for specific behaviors, with dogs of all ages, including:

  • basic obedience: come, sit, down, etc.
  • leash manners
  • structured exercise (fetch, biking, jogging, tug with rules, treadmill)
  • off-leash behavior, including socialization and play
  • confidence-building
  • mild to moderate aggression
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • etc. etc. etc.

The trick with training is the owner has to do it! Hiring a trainer will help you acquire knowledge and personal tips, but you still must make the time to work with your dog. If you can commit to working with your dog every day, then I would love to help!

To get started, please send me an email at esra@themodelmutt.com.

I look forward to hearing from you!

– Esra

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