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FOCUS DOG TRAINING

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About Rick



Owner and Trainer

Rick Walkley

Effective training develops your dog’s potential by providing focused attention to his personality and environment.

Combination training is the best method to use in training dogs because it accounts for variables in personality and environment. While more costly as an initial investment, the final results are superior to all other training types.

 

OBEDIENCE TRAINING VIDEO

WHAT I OFFER

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Education

To save money, research the following before hiring:
Types of training,
Costs of training,
Experience of trainers in your area.
Then, determine your training goals.

WHY TRAIN TYPES OF TRAINERS COMBINATION VS SINGLE-METHOD FAQS DOG PARKS DOG BITES

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Hire the most well-trained person you can find.

In my opinion, after 27 years in this business,
the most valuable information you should gather
is the trainer's formal schooling and experience.
Also check out any reviews.



You need to know that many individuals market themselves as trainers, but they are under-qualified or not qualified. Handlers, and people with long-standing animal interest, while very nice and well-intentioned, are not trainers, if they have no formal schooling and subsequent supervised experience. You will never go wrong by calling someone directly and asking questions.

Also, be careful about “free consultations” in your home. Don’t sign any training contracts or “service agreements” (often, these are nonrefundable) before you investigate and determine your goals. Training should never be entered into under duress from a seller in your home.


Services

No matter what type of dog you have,
or what kind of behavior you're experiencing,
I can help.

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Puppies and New Dogs

Did you get a brand new puppy?
Maybe you're introducing a new dog into your family?
I can help make the integration a smooth one.


 


The puppy/new dog consultation is approximately 2 hours and covers the basics of dog ownership, including how to prevent rude behavior. I cover nutrition, house-breaking, chewing, nipping, jumping, digging, stealing, begging, excessive barking, and over-aggression. And, I set the stage to begin off-leash obedience training. Many clients participate in the consultation before they bring home their new dog. Even if you’re a previous dog owner, this is a good program that helps you to “get it right, from the start.”

Price: $300 for consultation

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One-On-One Obedience Dog Training

Want your dog to come when you call?
Want your dog to stop pulling on the leash?


Obedience promotes safety and teaches your dog manners. My self-paced program teaches 6 necessary commands: Come, stay, sit, down, stand and heel. The first appointment focuses strictly on the “come” command, because it is the most important. I use multiple different exercises and distractions to learn “come.” The remaining sessions progress at your dog’s pace.

Our training is off-leash from the start. And, as a combination trainer, I integrate methods to give you the fastest and most reliable results. I train with and without training aids, depending on your dog’s personality and your goals. Puppies can begin obedience as young as 7-12 weeks. Even older adult dogs benefit from obedience.

I do not offer obedience classes–only individualized one-on-one obedience dog training. My individualized program is more cost effective and produces superior results.

Price: $250/Initial Session (determines your goals and your dog’s aptitudes, then we make a program for completion). Programs start at $650.

Discounts are available for seniors, active-duty and retired military, and families who train multiple dogs.

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Rude Behavior

Does your dog bark at guests?
Does your dog jump on everyone?


 


Correction of rude behavior often can be accomplished with a single Consultation appointment. Some behaviors improve dramatically with obedience training, and occasionally, I will make that recommendation when appropriate. I teach you to set boundaries and correct rude behavior. The consultation is approximately 2 hours and covers corrections for behaviors, including: chewing, nipping, jumping, digging, stealing, begging, excessive barking, and toileting accidents.

Discounts are available for seniors, active-duty and retired military, and families who train multiple dogs.

Price: $350 for consultation

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Aggression, Skittishness, Under-Confidence

Regardless of the behavior your dog exhibits, 
talk with me about your options.


Some dogs are skittish. Some are frankly aggressive. Often these problem arise from lack of confidence. These dogs are the most at-risk because owners can’t handle them. Possible consequences include harm to other dogs, harm to family, harm to strangers, legal battles, and even court-mandated euthanasia of your dog.

My programs cater to your dog’s specific personality issue. While I cannot guarantee that your dog’s aggression or skittishness can be corrected, in the overwhelming number of cases, I am able to train the dog to behave differently and train you to help your dog through his issues. I rarely conclude that a dog is too damaged to be helped.

Success Stories:

Kharma the Boxer | Wyatt the Akbash | Phoebe the Lab Mix

Price:  Prices vary depending on circumstances

Additional discounts are available for seniors, active-duty and retired military, and families who train multiple dogs.

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Board and Train


 


Specialized training during in-home boarding with Rick Walkley. This is an unconventional service that is priced individually. Please contact Rick directly for information regarding board and train options.

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Video Journal Series

Take a look at our dog training videos and see how Rick tackles a variety of issues, including leash work, aggression, and general obedience. Continue to check back as more videos are added.

 

Visit Rick’s Video Journal Series

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Contact Focus Dog Training

Dog Training North Houston





Rick Walkley
Montgomery, Texas

Phone:  936-449-1665


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