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There are few things as fun and rewarding as having a dog in your life. Our goal is to ensure you have a healthy, lifelong bond with yours by providing you the knowledge, skills and ongoing support to create a happy, confident and well-mannered member of your family.
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COVID-19 UPDATE

We hope everyone is staying well and safe through this uncertain time. We want to thank our valued clients for their well wishes and offers to help us as we face this crisis both personally and as a small business. Your kind support is truly appreciated, and we are doing everything we can to adapt and offer you support along the way. Like us on Facebook for updates!

Video-Chat Training Sessions

We will be helping existing clients and accepting new clients through the duration of Michigan's Stay At Home order via video-chat sessions. All sessions include emailed homework and ongoing phone, text or email support. We will first discuss your needs briefly by phone or email to plan for and schedule your session. Sessions can be held via Zoom, Skype, Apple FaceTime, Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts, and payments can accepted with PayPal or Square prior to your session. Contact us for scheduling one of the sessions below.

Puppy Jumpstart: 2-hour in-home session now available as a video-chat session. For puppies 2-5 months old to go over the basics of puppy raising and introduce early training techniques. The tuition for this session is then applied towards the continuation of an in-home program when your puppy is at least 6 months old. ($90)

Evaluation for in-home program: 1-hour video-chat to get a better assessment of your dog in their environment, training and behavior issues, go over our program in detail and answer questions. The evaluation fee is waived if you sign up for an in-home training program to begin at a later date, and either pay in full, or maintain weekly per-session payments. We will continue to coach you with free weekly half-hour phone or video-chat check-ins until we are able to schedule your in-home sessions. ($60)

A la carte sessions: For new or past clients to get coaching and advice on common training and behavior issues. ($30/half-hour, $60/1-hour, $90/2-hours)

In-home clients

Your Behavior Consultant will contact you about scheduling free weekly video-chat sessions and continuing payment plans until we are able to resume in-home training sessions. For Dog Training for Life clients with Socializing Groups, we will extend your year of free sessions to make up for any weeks we were unable to provide sessions through the length of the crisis.

Classes, Puppy Socials & Socializing Groups

All classes and group activities in Livonia, Canton, Westland & Ann Arbor are postponed. We plan to resume our regular schedule as soon as it is safe to do so, and will notify all clients as soon as we know. We will also assist our Round 2 & 3 class clients with a free 1-hour video chat session—contact your Behavior Consultant to schedule. New clients: We are offering a $50 discount when you register and pay for a 6-week class during the duration of the Stay At Home order.

Dog Walking

Train While You're Away sessions are postponed through the duration of the Stay At Home order. Any cancelled sessions in March will be rolled over into your next month's bill when it is safe to continue sessions. Your Behavior Consultant will remain in contact about scheduling. New clients: We will be accepting new clients as soon as possible—contact us for details.

Give the gift off "Good Dog!"

We're now offering eGift cards through Square in amounts for Video-Chat Sessions ($30, $60, $90) and discounted enrollment on future Puppy Pre K-9 & Basic Obedience classes ($145) in Livonia, Canton, Westland & Ann Arbor. However, eGift cards can made for any amount and used for any of our training services. All eGift cards must be redeemed by 12/31/2020.

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In-home training for a dog like yours.

Every dog has a different personality and temperament—our programs are specialized to fit you and your dog's individual needs with private one-on-one training sessions in your home. This highly effective approach allows us to address problems directly in your dog's own environment where behavior problems often occur or begin, catching inconsistencies early in the training process. You will not only learn how to train your dog, but also how your dog learns and thinks.

The whole picture

We begin with an in-home evaluation to assess your dog and their unique situation. This allows our Behavior Consultants to pinpoint the source of behavior problems and work accordingly. Our training philosophy demands that owners gain the knowledge to strengthen the bond with their dog through leadership and training, as well as the theories and methods to understand, solve and prevent behavior problems.
Communication is key.

Obedience training

Obedience training helps to create happy, confident and well-mannered dogs, who in turn are trusted with more freedom and interaction. We use positive reinforcement training methods tapping into your dog's natural desire for your love and affection, working with you without using shock collars or clickers. This allows you to use the obedience in everyday situations, teaching your dog desired alternatives. We teach you how to train your dog to COME, SIT, HEEL, DOWN, SIT-STAY, DOWN-STAY and more on-leash. We also offer advanced off-leash training for clients wanting to train to the next level.

Solve & prevent.

Behavior Modification

There are many reasons why dogs display inappropriate behaviors. Understanding the source of the problems and making the appropriate changes is the key to turning them around. We address all contributing factors, showing you how to avoid and redirect unwanted behaviors such as:

  • Jumping
  • Mouthing
  • Chewing
  • Digging
  • Escaping
  • Barking
  • Stealing food
  • Housebreaking
  • Excitability
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • and more
Building confidence.

Socialization

Socializing your dog is a very important part of any training. This helps to increase your dog's confidence and desensitize them to everyday distractions, teaching them how to behave in public. Once you've mastered obedience commands at home, the next step is to apply your training in a social setting, teaching your dog how to behave around many "real life" distractions. A Behavior Consultant is present to help you every step of the way at our ongoing Socializing Groups. Group obedience is an integral part of the training process—we strongly urge our clients to participate in as many sessions as possible.

programs to get you there

In-Home:
Dog Training for Life

A client favorite, our comprehensive program first provides a solid foundation at home, followed by ongoing support at our weekly Socializing Groups.

Puppy Training

For early learning, socialization & preventing behavior issues, start your puppy as young as 8 weeks old in-home with Puppy Jumpstart, or 3 months old at class with Puppy Pre K-9 & Puppy Socials.

Group Classes
& Socializing Groups

Our classes in Livonia, Canton, Westland & Ann Arbor can help you get the basics down, or advance your dog's training in a social setting.

Train While
You're Away

Our training-focused dog walking program can help your dog through daily long work hours, or just some weekly brush-ups on obedience.

From our clients

Client Testimonails

Jen and the staff at PRO K-9 have had such a positive impact on my family and my dog. Homer was a high strung, anxiety filled basket case, highly protective of us and our home. Homer and I now love going for walks and to socialization class to be around other dogs and strangers—something that would have NEVER happened without PRO K-9!

Homer & Sara Livonia, MI
Client Testimonails

You haven't just taught Gulliver, you have taught us as well. Thanks to Mat and the PRO K-9 team, we've learned the right and wrong way to handle different situations that have really made a difference. We are eager to continue his service dog training. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you've devoted to us!

Gulliver & Cathy Monroe, MI
Client Testimonails

We would like to thank Morgan for the fun walks and great training she's had with Archer. Her hard work has helped us raise a more obedient and sociable dog. We especially appreciate her notes. We look forward to those updates—they helps us keep track of progress in his training and know what we should work on at home.

Archer, Dave & Erin Plymouth, MI
Client Testimonails

I noticed changes almost immediately in my young French bulldog and deaf English bulldog. Pierre and Mack both responded very well to the praise-based training (forget about treats, shocks, etc). It was clear that both Pierre and Mack loved to practice, and I have no doubt that we have a much stronger bond thanks to Jen and PRO K-9.

Pierre, Mack & Mauricio Royal Oak, MI
Client Testimonails

This training made the world of difference with our skittish rescue dog, Gemma. She's gained great confidence and even a year later, her training is still on point. Our friends are always impressed with how well behaved our dog is, and it's made her agility training progress faster. Our lives with our canine companion is much more enriching.

Gemma, Kevin & Tiffany Ann Arbor, MI
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