Canine Point of View

Subtitle

 

Teaching People from the Dog’s Point of View

Mel Wilson, Professional Dog Trainer

If you live in Jacksonville, St Augustine, and surrounding areas of Florida, a Jacksonville dog training professional can make a difference in what you are able to accomplish with your dog. In-home dog training is more family- and dog-specific compared to other forms of training.


I created Canine Point of View to help families use positive reinforcement training philosophies to learn to better communicate with their dogs. I train dogs of all breeds and sizes to be better household members.


When your dog understands what you expect from him or her, they are happier and more fun to be with. However, as an owner, you need to learn how to speak to your pet so he or she understands what you are asking from him or her. Using the proper commands and rewarding good behavior with positive reinforcement can result to great success with a dog’s training.

 My Qualifications

  • Voted as 2013 Trainer of the Year in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC) 
  • Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
  • Recommended by Several Local Veterinarians
  • Licensed and Insured

How I Can Help

Whether your pet is a new puppy or an older member of the household having problem adjusting to something new, my training can make a huge difference in your dog’s behavior. The key to success with any dog training program is effective communication.


My training is focused on you, the owner. While I will obviously work with your dog, the idea is for me to teach you how to train your dog. I will explain and demonstrate and then watch you as you do it yourself. This will not be a passive experience where you spend the whole time watching. You will be in the game, getting your hands dirty. This will be a fun experience for you, your dog, and your whole family.

Every situation and every dog is different. What you want as an owner can also be different. With this in mind, I do not etch my plans in a stone. I will customize a plan that caters to you and your dog’s specific needs. If you put in the time and adhere to my instructions, you will see measurable improvement quickly.

My Services

First Time Puppy - $95

Puppy must be at least eight-weeks-old. This is a two-hour program done in the comfort of your own home. It is designed to educate you about the breed and all things puppy, including, but not limited to:

  • Appropriate Toys
  • General Handling
  • Introduction to the Harness and Leash
  • Nipping/Biting 

  • Owner Education Crate Training/Toileting (Housebreaking)
  • Resource/Food Guarding
  • Socialization (This Is Extremely Important to the Puppy and His/Her Overall Development)

 

Obedience Training – Starts at $395

This program is designed to teach you how to deliver the commands (verbal and hand gestures), and ensure compliance from your dog. These basic commands include the following:
 

  • Down (Lay Down)
  • Down/Stay
  • Leave It
  • Loose Leash Walking (Prevent Pulling)
  • Politely Greeting Guests/Door Behavior
  • Recall (Your Dog Comes to You When Called)
  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Sit/Stay
  • Stay on a Spot

Depending on the situation, I will teach this six-hour program in either 90-minute or two-hour intervals. You may purchase this package in full for $395. If you hire me by the hour, the cost is $420.

Behavior Modification - $70/hour

This program is designed to modify or alter existing dog behaviors that you find unacceptable or even dangerous. This is often more challenging simply because I have to pinpoint the problem and either counter-condition or desensitize your dog to the existing issues. Some examples of unacceptable behavior include the following:
  • Aggression (There Are Many Forms)
  • Barking
  • Coprophagia (Consumption of Species)
  • Destructive Tendencies
  • Digging
  • Fear
  • Guarding or Territorial Problems
  • Jumping on Guests
  • Prey Drive
  • Separation Anxiety

After my initial assessment, I will determine whether I can effectively help you or not. I am candid by nature and I tell people what I think. You wouldn’t call a plumber if you had a toothache. You would call a dentist. You contacted me because you needed professional advice about your dog. I owe it to you, myself, and your dog to share with you my candor and honesty, so you know what to expect.


If I feel that your dog or the situation exceeds my skill level, I will tell you and recommend someone who has more experience or specializes in your particular situation.