The private session is a fantastic way to train your puppy or dog, with your family, in your home, or at our location, around your schedule! It doesn't get any better than this (except for our board and train programs).
Garrett will custom tailor a behavior modification plan that will work best for you and your dog. This is 95% of what we do because of the amazing results and rapid changes that occur in the owners and the dogs!
Whether your dog faces aggression, fears or phobias, or just wants to reach the next level of training; the personal and convenient in-home sessions yield great results in fast order. From puppy behaviors to advanced dog obedience and behavior modification, training in your neighborhood is always the best idea. We set up real world scenarios and achieve the greatests results!
Private training and natural dog handling is the best option to balance and calm an over-excited or out of control dog. Unlike other training methods, you will see real results and a happier, calmer dog!
Whether in your home or at Stevens Family Kennels, Garrett can see the worst of your dog’s behaviors and know what to deal with first, and then determine the best plan of action.
Give us a call and experience the difference.
Call today, it could change your life.
"Garrett is the only trainer we recommend! He is great with dogs and people. His methods differ from other trainers
because he gets great results no matter how difficult the dog. Everyone at Fort Fido highly recommends him!"
-David, owner, Fort Fido Doggie Daycare, U.P. WA
*Due to extremely high demand for this service please understand calls/vms are returned on a first call-first serve basis*
Come put your training to the test in a distracting yet secure environment. Classes are fun, and folks are amazed by how much their puppy or dog can learn to focus, even with distractions. Garrett always challenges the puppies and dogs to a higher level of training by adding more time, distance, and distractions.
"Garrett's classes are different because unlike other typical trainers he doesn't teach them based on a set curriculum but instead customizes the classes according to the individual human handlers and their dogs!"
All ages are welcome from nine week old puppies to senior dogs, they all can learn new tricks. Call to find out when the next classes begin.
Classes are held Stevens Family Kennels and Dog Language Center!
*Please be aware there are several cons when compared to the few pros that occur in any group class..They are never the best option for a dog or pup to build a natural and calm relationship!* For more info about this critical issue please go to our blog and search "Group classes."*
Seminars and Workshops
- Balanced and Calm: Dog Whispering Vs. Dog Training Seminar. In this popular seminar, Garrett performs live demos on hyper dogs, fearful or aggressive dogs in attendance. He will cover how dogs think; communicating with canines; pack structure; the alpha; corrections (to correct or not?); and most important, how to calm and balance your dog.
- Socialize for Success: This new seminar examines how sociability in dogs is the key to proper canine behavior. Most problems can be fixed by the right kind of socialization (in old dogs too). It also covers pack dynamics, and how there is strength in numbers. Bring your crazy dog and Garrett will perform live demos.
- Heeling and Leash Manners: This workshop is what you need to get a fantastic heel with a loose leash! If your dog or puppy pulls, lunges, barks, bites, over-smells or over- marks while on leash this is the one for you. Don't waste time out-muscleing your dog, get the walk or jog you've always imagined.
- Puppy Imprinting: This workshop is phenominal if you have a new puppy. We cover all the major puppy issues and then some. I believe it is vital to add natural dog training techniques and dog massage in a firm yet calming way if you own a new pup. A canines first two senses are smell and touch/feeling. In this workshop I give you the tools to lead, teach, and bond with your extremely rapid growing puppy. The first year of a dog's life is actually the human equivalent of 15 years! They go from toddler right to teen! All puppies are blank slates and furry bundles of raw instinct. Early dog training, dog whispering, and socialization is vital to proper canine mental development and makes everything easier on both dog and human in the future.
- Fearful Dog (or Pup): 95% of aggression is fear based. This workshop covers how truly debilitating and horrifying fear can be in an animal born to explore, smell, play, and run in a social group/pack! A canine's very survival is based on being social and not over-fearful. Fear is all to common in our dogs these days and it is because they are constantly allowed to over access the fight/flight side of their brain. Many times the well meaning owner, dog trainer, behavioralist, dog rescue or vet even exacerbates and intensifies the problem by soft praise, picking-up, and over-petting at totally inappropriate times. Get the knowledge and demonstration you and your dog desperately need to move forward. Don't allow your dog or puppy to be a victim - Get them the help they need and get them moving onward and upward, more social, much calmer and happier.
Apprenticeship Now Available!
Learn the natural, calming ways of canine communication directly from the HOT Listed author of Dog Myths and So Long Separation Anxiety, Garrett Stevens and, of course, learn from the dogs!
Learn the Garrett Stevens Method and how to equip clients and calm and reverse serious behavioral issues
as our Certified apprentice!
Discover what most behaviorists and trainers do NOT know! (you'd be surprised how much!)
Learn the differences between dog whispering, behavior modification techniques, and obedience training and how and when to apply which method for the greatest efficiency and best results!
Enjoy building something worthwhile and serving your community!
(Be prepared to pay for the apprenticeship - we believe this is worth more than certain college educations as it will set you up for success straightaway and not cripple you with outrageous debt for several years)
Gain life, business, observation, and dog training skills in a creative, fun, challenging, and exciting environment!
If you are the Owner of a Veterinary office, Dog Daycare, Dog Rescue, Grooming facility or Dog Boutique ...
-Book Garrett for a "Meet the Trainer" or "Meet the Author - book signing" day or a Q and A session for your customers in your facility
-Book Garrett to Instruct your staff and provide Demonstrations
on proper dog handling and many other issues such as:
the fearful dog, the rescue dog, the parent dog, how to stop a dog fight, how to avoid getting bit and safety techniques, how dogs think, pack dynamics, predatory drift, how dogs should meet, what to do when typical dog training isn't working, interrupting a dog's behavioral pattern, reading dog body language and energy communication, and the aggressive dog.
Call to request our training book, Dog Myths, for your office or facility! The book is a game changer!
Board and Train - Calming Behavioral Rehab at STEVENS FAMILY KENNELS!
95% of what we do everyday in our standard training and private sessions is equipping owners to be prepared and confident enough to handle their own dog
and their own situations. You are the key
to your dog or pup's better future. With that being said, some dogs are so severely gone psychologically speaking (extreme fear or aggression or anxiety) Garrett may offer a board and train program to aid in the psychological rehab. In other cases it may simply behoove a dog or puppy owner to select a board and train program that coincides with a family vacation or business trip. Your dog will stay at Stevens Family Kennels and Dog Language Center. Located on five private acres in Puyallup in a 4000sqft, climate-controlled kennel with many indoor/outdoor runs, high- fenced, play fields and with access to our new dog treadmills - you're furry friend is bound to love it!
Garrett's warning to all: If you are currently or have ever used a trainer or behaviorist who wants to sign you up for a year, sign you up for 10 or 20 classes, or upsells you session after session, or class after class, or keeps you on the hook, they are probably doing so strictly for their own financial gains and obviously NOT equipping you to move forward in a timely fashion. This is unethical! The other large possibility may be that they simply have piss poor methods and so they get poor results and it takes up so much of your time! (Beware bad training methods!) If they dogmatically talk about or use "positive reinforcement only" or "negative reinforcement" or if they constantly use food treats or harsh corrections (hanging, rolling, shocking) on your companion/housedog - proceed with caution before hiring them because honestly they probably don't know how to build a healthy relationship based in how all dogs on the planet
build them! (For more info see Garrett's blog or his book, Dog Myths.)
Garrett knows that if you influence and truly help equip the owner
correctly and help them learn the natural way of the dog; great results naturally flow to the dogs!
So Board and Train would begin only after a private session or two with Garrett and the owner and dog. Then, after a week or two or three (depending on the program you choose)of board and train, the owner would be required to attend and work with Garrett and their dog in another private session or two to finish things out properly and completely. The great news?...
Things begin to happen faster than most people could imagine and amazing changes occur when we touch into the social dog's way of life! Human education is the key to lasting and proper dog education.
Dogs are the closest relationship mankind has with any animal on the planet. Don't settle for less than the best for you and your family.
We also offer standard boarding at Stevens Family Kennels for any time you go away!
Leave your pooch with the most trusted name in dog training!
Need help selecting a new rescue dog or a new puppy ?
Please don't pick a dog by looks or breed alone. And certainly don't just pick the pup or dog that jumps all over you!
Garrett can greatly aid your family in helping select the proper dog or pup and, in this way, better match your specific lifestyle and home environment!
The sad truth is that many folks make a poor choice when at the shelter, or rescue, or when choosing their puppy at the breeders. Much future heartache, expense, and energy could be prevented for both owners and dog if the right choice is made at the get go!
Because we help behaviorally rehab an extremely high volume of problematic dogs each day throughout the year and because of our terrific grasp of real dog language - Garrett can identify very early warning signs that average families and dog owners (and, to be honest, rescue groups, pro trainers, and vets) inadvertently miss - we are so excited to offer this special service to anyone wise enough to take advantage of it! Call us and leave a quick voicemail if you want to avoid the all-too common pitfalls that often occur during the critically-important selection process and during the first few days together with your new dog or pup!
How much is a calm and smooth-functioning household worth to you?
Don't delay - Call today!