Dog Training

My name is Daniela and I am a dog trainer, specialized in service and guide dogs. I was lucky enough to grow up with dogs in our family. Our first companion was an Irish Setter from a shelter, followed by a beautiful Gordon Setter that unfortunately had cancer. Since 2008 we've had Aisha, our Spinone Italiano. She loves to swim and is happy as long as she can join us. At the age of 19 I fulfilled my dream of having my own dog. That is when Macho joined my life. I got him from a shelter when he was 8 weeks old and since then he's been my faithful companion. 

We compete in Agility together, do nose work, obedience and much more. I can just about teach him anything I want. He's a super smart and active dog and a great training assistant.

Three years later Tiny popped into my life and she is a blast. I had a lot of training to catch up on with her, but we are a good team now!  She still has a mind of her own and goes "deaf" every now and then, but she is the funniest dog I have ever known up to now. For almost 3 years I studied to be a professional trainer in Switzerland and specialized in service and guide dogs. By helping out in an organization for shelter dogs, I always had the possibility to either train my own foster dogs for their new home or help other owners with their dogs when they had difficulties with training. No matter which size or breed your dog is, I look forward to meeting you and your companion!


"Dogs are, after all, man's best friend. The least we can do is try to understand them a little better."

Nicholas Dodman


My training methods

When you are looking for a dog trainer you will have to make sure you can identify yourself with his/her training methods. There are many different ways of training a dog, some of which are good and others that are less recommendable. Also, you will have to consider how YOUR dog learns best, because there isn't this one and only method that applies for every dog. For a dog that's not a big eater, offering him a cookie for sitting will not really help. I believe that a big part of the training success is about the relationship between the handler and his dog and how well people can "read" their dog. Learning how to read your dog and understanding what he is trying to say, will give you a lot of answers on his behaviour. I like to say that my training methods are based on positive reinforcement. This doesn't mean that my dogs don't get a good NO every now and then. I don't want robots on 4 legs.  I aim for dogs that are capable of figuring out a solution on their own and be a team! I teach a lot of things to my dogs with clicker or marker training. This training method is easy, makes sense to dogs and their humans and prevents misunderstandings between the two.

 

I do not use shock collars or prong collars and do not tolerate these in any of my training sessions. I you want to know how to train your dog successfully without a prong or shock collar, let's meet and I will teach you.

Obedience

From an outsider's perspective, basic training can look either very simple or extremely difficult. Mastering basic obedience commands is an important part of being a responsible dog owner and I believe that any dog can learn at least the basic commands. With a little training the relationship between you and your dog will be so much better.  Seeking assistance from a professional trainer benefits first-time owners and experienced individuals struggling with teaching commands or correcting problem behaviors. Don't hesitate to ask for help! The responsibility of owning a pet includes properly training and socializing your animal. Before considering adopting a dog or any other animal, please consider how much time you will need to dedicate in making sure you have a happy, healthy, well-socialized and well-trained pet.

Finally, dog ownership and training should be fun! Don't be too serious about it.  Keep training positive and make sure both you and your pet have a good time! I offer training sessions for dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes. Please contact me to receive more information about scheduled courses.

 

Group courses (1hr)

Adults: $30

Kids <12 years: $15

 


Agility (coming soon)

Agility is a dog sport in which you direct the dog through an obstacle course in a race based on both time and accuracy. Your dog runs off leash with no food or toys as incentives, and you are not allowed to touch your dog or the obstacles. Your controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training and coordination. An agility course consists of a set of obstacles laid out by a judge in a design of his or her own choosing in an area of a specified size. In competition, the handler must assess the course, decide on handling strategies, and direct the dog through the course, with precision and speed.

 

I have successfully competed with my dog Macho in agility and would love to help you train your dog. Agility is for dogs of almost all sizes and ages. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced agility team, your training will be adjusted to your skills, experience and goals. I offer private lessons, group courses or free test lessons.


Private lessons

Prices:

$70-120 at your home

$60 at the Ranch

 

Does your dog bark at strangers?

Are you a future or first-time dog owner?

Is your dog showing aggressive behaviour?

Is he/she scared of something?

Would you like to know how to work with a clicker?

Or do you want to teach your dog to switch the light off at night?

 

Private lessons are a great option to work on specific behaviour issues and concentrate on training goals. We will take the time your dog needs, set realistic goals and create a training plan together. Please contact me and we can discuss if this is an option for you and your dog(s).




Service/Guide dogs

As a service dog trainer I offer different possibilities to private people. You can either have your dog trained to your needs at the ranch or benefit from the many advantages of assisted self-training. From finding the right breed and puppy until your working service dog, we will set specific goals and provide you with the know-how you need to be a responsible service dog handler. Please contact me for more information. 



Guest & Foster Dogs / Shelter

Whether you are going on vacation or have an operation planned or your dog can't stay home alone - your dog is always welcome to spend time at the Wettstone Guest Ranch! Our shelter dogs join us in our daily activities and live with us on the ranch just as our own dogs do. Does your dog need to catch up on some training? No problem, just let me know and I will work on it while your dog stays with us. To insure that every dog gets enough attention and love, spaces for shelter dogs are limited.

I also offer foster dogs a warm bed and training until they find a new home. And of course you can bring your dog with you for your vacation at the Wettstone Guest Ranch. Please contact me for more information.


My education

2011             Certificate of competence - theory (1 day)

2012             Certificate of competence - practical test (2 months with Macho)

2011-2016     Volunteer work for wirvermitteln.ch – fostering, Transportation, checking of new homes etc.

2013             Seminar “massage for dogs”, Nicole Thali (1 day)

2013             Seminar “dog lungeing for beginners”, Wendy Fischer (1 day)

2013             Agility intensive seminar, Sep Cadalbert (1 day)

2014             Agility intensive seminar, Jenny Stephenson (1 day)

2015             Certificate of competence – practical test (2 months with Tiny)

2015             Agility intensive seminar, Michi Brandstetter (3 days)

2015             Beginners course target searching, Ursi Rutz (1 day)

2015             Living with wolves – a challenge and enrichment, Monty Sloan (lecture)

2014-2018     Education as guide dog trainer, ATN Akademie für Tiernaturheilkunde

                   Learning and Education I – Exercises with the dog, Silvia Pfister (2 days)

                   Learning and Education II – Exercises with the dog, Silvia Pfister (2 days)

                   Learning and Education III – Exercises with the dog, Silvia Pfister (2 days)

                   Expression-behaviour of dogs, Joachim Leidhold (2 days)

                   Behavioural training I: On the way with your dog, Heike Benzing (2 days)

                   Behavioural training II: Anti-hunting training, Heike Benzing (2 days)

                   Ontogeny I: Handling of Puppies, young dogs and bullies, Irène Julius (2 days)

                   Ontogeny II: Handling of Puppies, young dogs and bullies, Irène Julius (2 days)

                   Planning and structuring of trainings and courses, Dorothee Schneider (2 days)