Private sessions held with Nancy Freedman-Smith, CDBC, CBATI
Note - My Fall schedule is filling up fast.
If you are thinking of training, plesase don't wait too long to get on my schedule. There are very limited evening and weekend hours available at this time due to other clients and group training classes.
Weekdays are much easier to accomodate.
New * Monday day time slots available at Poetic Gold Farm.
Private sessions We offer a variety of behavioral services that are custom fitted to your needs and the needs of your dog. From individualized puppy training that covers the basics like house training and positive training techniques, to complex behavioral issues, like Reactivity, and dog aggression, Gooddogz is committed to helping your family dog be a joy to live with.
In Home training. Start your dog out right! It is much easier to teach proper behavior than correct bad. Learn training techniques that are fun and effective for both you and your dog. We custom tailor session times for your busy family during days, nights and weekends.
Behavior Services for Aggression and Reactivity
Nancy specializes in fearful dogs, rescue dogs, family dogs, reactive dogs and most forms of aggression.
One of the most common dog training issues is over reactivity, often leading stressed-out humans to euthanize or re-home those dogs because they don’t know how to find help. Now owners of aggressive or fearful dogs in Portland can be assured of a trusted dog training coach.
I am thrilled to announce that I am one of first twenty dog trainers to meet the strict requirements to become a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructors (CBATI). Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) is a low-stress, non-aversive technique for working with problem dog behaviors such as aggression, fear or frustration.
BAT was developed by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP, as an efficient rehabilitation technique to help her own fearful dog, Peanut. Stewart recently created the CBATI designation after BAT gained rapid international popularity, prompting repeated requests for referrals for dog trainers and behaviorists to expertly apply BAT to help families with dogs that cower, bark, lunge, growl or bite.
“As requests poured in for recommendations for trainers with BAT experience, I realized the importance of developing a certification process,” says Stewart. “The CBATI gives dog owners the confidence that they are working with a trusted dog training professional—a person who understands how to teach others how to use BAT, works well with clients, and has significant experience working with reactive dogs.”
The certification process requires a four-hour BAT video case study, a written exam with essay questions, a commitment to the principles of progressive reinforcement training, and 200 hours of experience training dogs using force-free training techniques.
A dog-friendly method for rehabilitating and preventing reactivity in dogs, BAT works by helping dogs learn socially acceptable ways to deal with the things that scare or upset them. Instead of barking, lunging, or snarling, dogs learn to use “cut-off” signals like head turns and ground sniffs to communicate to their handlers that they are uncomfortable.
BAT is not just a way to prevent or rehabilitate problems; it also teaches two-way communication, which builds a more powerful relationship between people and their dogs. I have noticed a significant, positive relationship change between dogs and their owners when I teach them BAT, and have used it with my own dogs as well as foster dogs with very positive results. For most private sessions I use my neutral Collie Finn, who has attended 2 clinics with Grisha as "staff" and has proven himself an invaluable business partner.
I will be offering group class for reactive dogs that utilizes BAT at Poetic Gold Farm in Falmouth as well out doors weather permitting.
BAT is incorporated in all my group classes, and private session slots have been filling up fast.
I have lived with reactive, explosive dogs and managed them closely for over 14 years. I found BAT to be the missing link.
To learn more about BAT , check the www.FunctionalRewards.com web site. Lots of great info and videos to get you thinking about your reactive dog in a new way.
Pricing $90 per hour in the Portland area. Mileage charges apply over 10 miles at 50 cents per mile and tolls.
Private sessions include initial phone consult, extensitive pre screening, training session, , an indepth email report, a report for your Vet with your permission, and follow up via phone and email for 1 year.
Behavior services for dogs with aggression and reactivity vary depending on how much time is involved in the case both in your home and via on going support.
Please contact us before paying for private sessions.
Prices are subject to extra charges for time and milage.
Canclelations of private sessions with less than 24 hours notice, are subject to payment of full price, and session is forfeited.
NEW for 2015 Cyber Dog Training
Using modern technology, it is now possible to work with Nancy via video of your dog, email, phone and Skype.
How it works
You will be asked to fill out an indepth screening report.
After careful review you may be asked to video tape your dog . A phone and or Skype session will be booked. Payment is due in advance for this feature.
Training options will be discussed at length to find the best solution for your family, and then a full report will be emailed in a few days. A seperate report for your vet will be forwarded at your request.